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Looking forward to it...

 

See you all there !

 

Friday - Sunday for me.

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4 hours ago, Paul LaMasters said:

Dominic's grid gents?

You'll see me there, but probably not flying grid. More like watching...

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Watch?  Come on Rob, if you can hold a stationary hover inverted you are one of us.  Imagine you can only move the kite between the sofa and TV in the living room for depth, only as far up and down as the floor and ceiling.  That width of the room is entirely yours too!  This is your 3-D area, can you stay there in any orientation asked of the caller?  If not practice now or alter something in your set-up to accomplish this feat.  Lighter frame, different tuning on the leaders, etc

come hang with us and it won't be intimidating after an hour.  We've got a couple of days worth of practice time, a few hours each afternoon.  Test out some else's ride and see how it feels.  Everyone shares and that is the best experience to obtain.

See you there and YES I have indoor quads for you to bang into the floor, so don't say you cannot fly inside either!  That is 5 minutes away from your first touching of the kite.

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Several WoW quad-heads will be attending LBI, so the opportunity to experience a half dozen variations is there at any moment, each pilot thinks he has "the hot set-up" too, perfect for today's conditions.  

Well?  How did you like to do a comparison flying each one's efforts?  Paul Dugard, James (Fletch) Fletcher, Dave Humes, Jim Cosca, Marc Conklin, myself.  None of these folks has a single kite to fit the day's conditions, oh no, choices are available from each party.  It doesn't matter why it feels better or worse, just that you got to decide for yourself on a preference.  Tomorrow it might be somebody else's toy.

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3 hours ago, Paul LaMasters said:

Well?  How did you like to do a comparison flying each one's efforts?  Paul Dugard, James (Fletch) Fletcher, Dave Humes, Jim Cosca, Marc Conklin, myself.  None of these folks has a single kite to fit the day's conditions, oh no, choices are available from each party.  It doesn't matter why it feels better or worse, just that you got to decide for yourself on a preference.  Tomorrow it might be somebody else's toy.

Man I wish I could make this festival, but I've already committed to 10/26-27 in Atlantic Beach, NC. I'd really like to try out a Zen. And to fly one tuned to your preferences would be a particular treat. 

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We'll miss you too my friend!

my preference is "inverted" 'cause if a kite won't back-up then two strings are no longer necessary.  In competition that phrase is called the quad-line effect.  You ain't gettin' a good score w/o it!!!!

Keep adding "down" to your tuning until the kite will back-up inverted.  You might be walking backwards to make this effect look correct and stationary (only truly stationary as is relevant to you as the flyer and to own your positioning)

Go visit flying smiles kites in Corolla and fly with the Shooks, they have an extensive collection of experiences you can test for yourself side by side in comparisons too.  They'll have as much fun as you sharing the knowledge.

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great news,.... the ZEN is again available from Bazzer and Eliot Shook also, call one of 'em for the details and get yours crafted before the holidays are here.

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Yeah, right in the thick of things or next door... New is only the first ten minutes, then it is experienced!

Map is hard to read, but there is certainly an area outside of the four or five designated fields "open to the public".  You ain't one of them for long if you're a quad-head though,  you belong in with the rest of us.  It is only intimidating that first karate lesson, thereafter you'd know what to expect from your peers and the classroom/field/dojo environment.

In the meantime?  Drop your four lines onto a well-placed stake or fence-post (use a carabiner) and make certain they align perfectly when pulled back tightly.  Sight down the lines like an archer, from tight, slowly give slack and the longer line will show itself.  Do the tops and then separately do the bottom comparisons.  Obviously you must first hold both handles exactly next to each other (I even use opposite hands holding the handles).  Switch line locations on the leaders, retie knots or move the sleeving, do whatever you have to to get this alignment the absolute best you possible can.  It's the difference between neutral steering and the car suddenly veering right due to a front-end misalignment at high speed.  You can MAKE it go straight, but I want it to want to do that all by itself unless you tell it otherwise.  Wait for my command, execute it perfectly, then I'll give you some other mission, that is your role as the pilot of a quad.  Neutral, patient, effortless hover, the kite is actually balanced on a single finger tip of each handle, not held in your grasp.

Show up with your equipment in a state of being the best prepared possible.  Then use other people's kites anyway and join in!

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1 hour ago, Paul LaMasters said:

great news,.... the ZEN is again available from Bazzer and Eliot Shook also, call one of 'em for the details and get yours crafted before the holidays are here.

Thanks for that information. Elliot has RSVP'd to the festival in Atlantic Beach. Maybe I can demo one of his? 

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YEAH! play him like an instrument, he'll have something worthy of your attention although I don't know for certain if he keeps a Zen in his arsenal, he has repaired mine a bunch of times (own 4 ~ ride 'em hard)

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@Cot51stState I plan to hit the Atlantic Beach event as well. You'll have my entire bag to choose from.. No Zen (and very few Revs at this point) but lots of options to choose from.

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Paul it looks like you will be in the 13th st area, is that correct? I will try to find you there.

Terry (lazrcub)

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Demo field (1 of the first ones performing each day/evening) then to quad field next door thereafter

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Thursday, I arrive and help set-up 4-5 fields with Engval. hurts my back just thinking about it!

I'm on at 12:30 pm each day, main demo field, 13th street (Ship Bottom) I think on AirForceOne's soundtrack as I did finally get to pick my music instead of using the Sm moth's StarWars theme.

then doing the "quad grid sessions", field next door from 1-4pm

indoor is Friday night 6:30 to 10:30 pm (LBI Grade School) "Back to the Future" on 5th generation, Ashworth's Unfair Advantage prototype by Eliot Shook.  There's a scripted show featuring each performer first,

                 (I may or may not judge& or compete in the indoor comp being held immediately afterwards)

night flight is Sunday 6:30pm until MUST CLEAR PARK @ 8:30pm!... (Barnegat Light), unless it's windy, I'll be on a Zen or 1.5 B-pro full sail with lights by Lindsey Johnson.  Music is a scripted show of probably an hour or so as soon as it gets dark.  We need time to break down and scoot before we are LOCKED IN by the rangers too!

Monday home, but I may have to break down the field I brought along on (at oh-dark 30 AM) before departure, as I'll be wiped-out by Sunday.

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Hey everybody!!

 

My wife and I (Mel and Suzanne) had an absolute BLAST watching and flying with you all this weekend!1 just wanted to thanks or being so friendly and inspirational! 

 

Mel

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11 hours ago, Jsducky said:

Hey everybody!!

 

My wife and I (Mel and Suzanne) had an absolute BLAST watching and flying with you all this weekend!1 just wanted to thanks or being so friendly and inspirational! 

 

Mel

Nice meeting you two. Fun to put faces to the names on here. Hopefully I'll see you next year, and we can get a chance to fly together !

 

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The event turned out very well. The high water was a problem on Friday and light wind Saturday morning,  but Saturday afternoon and Sunday were great. I got some tips from Paul LaMasters and hopefully can fly with the group next year. 

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"own your hover" 

Work on an inch above the ground and inverted too.  Practice landing on a trash can and eventually work you way down to a can of pop-sized objective.  Ideally?, you are one of us when you can land that quad into my outstretched hand!

Insure you equipment is properly tuned, even and neutral.  The handles should balance (with neither forward or reverse flight happening) on one finger of each hand.  Find your own balance point to insure your personal comfort.

"don't squeeze that angry cobra, instead you're holding a baby chick in your grasp"

kids are more fun than adults to teach lessons to, letting go of the handles on a Zen with a 5 year old now in control alone? Priceless!

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