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#1 ilh

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 09:35 AM

Anyone here going to the Boston Area SKC 8/11-12 next month? I haven't been to one since the early 90s, having been out of kites for quite a while until late last summer.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:13 AM

I did BASKC last year... Great people, great fliers, rough place to fly.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:28 AM

Anyone here going to the Boston Area SKC 8/11-12 next month? I haven't been to one since the early 90s, having been out of kites for quite a while until late last summer.

--Lee



I may be heading there this year, didn't go last year for some reason usually a pretty good time I just wish they would find a better place that Millennium Park even being way up on top of a giant hill is tough but still doable.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 11:25 AM

Gusty up high, and the ground wind resembles what you'd find in a baby's diaper. :P

But all in all, a fun event. :)

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 11:57 AM

Gusty up high, and the ground wind resembles what you'd find in a baby's diaper. :P

I've never flown there. Does it really smell that bad along the ground? :P

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:06 PM

Well, it is landfill... But, no. ;)

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:19 PM

Come on it's challenging :blink: makes you really break out all the skills, Life isn't all 10's steady with bikini babes everywhere. If it were I'd be doing what John does :unsure:

But Yes I do agree A better place would probably make it allot bigger function, if anything flying those conditions not only makes you work more but can be very humbling as well.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:04 PM

dont forget fort flyer that it makes you a better flier skill wise.. i found that flying in places where thie wind is garbage makes you do things you would not do at a beach with open winds
GOD PUT ME HERE. TO ENJOY THE WINDS

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:16 PM

dont forget fort flyer that it makes you a better flier skill wise.. i found that flying in places where thie wind is garbage makes you do things you would not do at a beach with open winds


Antman I totally agree, those crap conditions has helped me more then hurt by making me learn how the kite works.

Great Point glad you pointed that out.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:35 PM

Very true, I spent my first 2 years, and several since, flying in crap conditions... It really does make you better pilot. ;)

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:11 AM

Did anyone mention we had better wind in Richmond, VA (ODSKC) !!!! LOL :kid_devlish:

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:05 AM

I'd sure love an event report and photos from BASKC for the next issue, if anyone is up for it. ;)

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 02:31 PM

I had a great time at BASKC. It has been 11-12 years since my last, and it is certainly a much smaller event now than back then. The wind was pretty funky all weekend, about 1-8mph (mostly 2-5mph) on Saturday when all the competition took place. Today was more like 0-3mph, with nearly 180 degree shifts at times, but Saturday had its share of shifts too. Today we could see banners blowing in opposition directions 150yds apart.

I did my first Rev ballet and managed 3rd in experienced. I'm not sure if there were more than 3 though. ;) I have a lot to learn about choreography.

I very much enjoyed watching the better flyers out there. Shawn Tinkham had a great routing going, but he ran out of field and DQed. He was flying a slightly vented 1.5 in the probably 1-3mph at the time, but I think he got hit with a big wind shift when he had no room to react.

Patty Tinkham roped me and all other able bodied folks into the dual line ballet. I hadn't flown my self-made SUL Tracer-derivative in maybe a year (flying Revs all the time!), didn't have music planned, etc., but had a blast just flying to the music any way I could.

Today was just demos and free flying, with great music all day. I had fun "playing" with tents, speakers, spectators, etc. with my 1.5 SUL. 360s are easy with it, requiring no more than walking in no wind. I even did some of my first 3D throws and catches with 50ft lines. Some were not very pretty, however.

Anyways, I met a lot of great folks and really enjoyed myself. I'll try to make more events. Specifically, I hope to make the event in RI in mid-September.

BTW, there was a photographer today who I believe was taking photos for KiteLife.com.

--Lee

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 09:25 PM

Thanks for the report Lee, it's clear you had fun... And congrats on your 3rd, regardless of the number of competitors. ;)

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 12:45 AM

Very true, I spent my first 2 years, and several since, flying in crap conditions... It really does make you better pilot. ;)

Aw yesssss! That means I'm gonna be FANTASTIC then! Woo. Hoo. :kid_brooding:

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 12:55 AM

Sounds like typical Millennium Park, I decided to stay in the home range as the crowd I usually fly with all went to Conn.

From the sounds of it looks like I make the right decision, was nice here all weekend 8-12 Sat and Sunday, My sons went camping with their mom so I set up a bunch of single line stuff and did a stack of 10 vented, guess I was a 1 man kite festival lol.

Glad you had a good time Lee I probably should have gone but I managed to muster up some fun, it's tough to leave a spot 5 minutes away from my house thats always great conditions and I can fly in any wind direction out on that point.
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