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Albroswift

Member Since 28 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 10 2012 04:34 AM
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Nehalem Beach Labor Day

09 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

Spent 5 perfect days at the beach last week, 10-20+ winds at the beach (Broke a spar on the new B-pro STD fade last day, guess it's back to the cookie jar for a mid and full vent!) and very low winds at camp, thanks to it being hidden by a large wall of sand dunes, and a lot of cranky little pine trees. No vehicles allowed on Oregon beaches, so only had to deal with the non-motorized obliviots, and not that many of them. Quite a change from our usual haunt at Ocean Shores, WA
Anyway, the photos:
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Beach to ourselves Thursday and Friday

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Saturday/ Sunday Crowd

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Ace's RevII, with my fade in the background.

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Ace with his vintage 1.5


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Speed series and a 20 mph blow

Rule #1

09 September 2012 - 05:50 PM

Took my travel frame out and put my standard frame in the 2>4 last weekend at the beach, AND replaced the original bridal with a new one. Handeled like caca. didn't know if it was the frame or the lines, ended up adjusting the brake line as short as possible at both ends, then it flew like a champ.

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Day at the beach Ocean Shores WA

07 August 2012 - 06:48 AM

Got the new B-Pro Std out for a spin. Sunny, windy, and hot on Saturday
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Of course Black Dog had to give it her blessing



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HVLEO
(Hi-Velocity Low Earth Orbit)
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Obliviots had to drive through our remote location at least once,
note tracks over my flipflops, two kite stakes, and 8 lines.

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When the fog rolls in or tired of the crowd, the secret swimming hole on the Humptulips river
is usually a good bet, inland just enough to clear the fogbank that rolled in Sunday
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rubber tension/ B pro std/ race frame

03 August 2012 - 04:02 PM

I'm sure this is covered already but I'm on the beach with a smart phone and can barly see the screen...
Brand new B pro std and race frame, sail seemed to twist around the spar at i would guess about 10 mph plus wind. Tighened the bungis, but hate messing with a brand new sail.
Is it possible to much wind for that frame?
Thanks--
Al
(Ocean shores, WA)

Mazatlan/ need a new sail

02 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

While in Mazatlan a young local, unhappy with the options of either a batman para sailer kite or a similar piece of crap and no kite store in Maz to speak of decided he had to have my old SLE after seeing my rudimentary (but artistic) performance with it! I took out the race frame, and not one who was ever accused of traveling lite, was lucky enough to have packed not one, but two sets of tomato stakes, one still in the package, extra handles, stake, etc. Started him, his pa, and another fellow that could help with the language barrier, what I consider to be the basics, the knot (Birds head?) one red mark, up, right, dos rojo down, etc... using my best Spanish (usually reserved for ordering beverages and dinner) and the other fellows best English we got through the connections, the careful unwinding of the line, the separating of the left and right, top and bottom, the set up of the kite, all new and wonderful stuff to all involved. The young man was quite patient, I'd guess around 10 or 12 years old, and lucky enough to have a good dad. had about an hour of practice, and then went through the careful routine of unhooking, separating, breaking down the kite, and winding the lines. Now I'm not claiming that the boy took it off and started doing loops, but he had several successful "Up a little, back down's" several cartwheel crashes into the sand, has two sets of a pretty durable frame, has access to the internet, knows of our website, and has enthusiastic dad. What else is needed to establish a REV Beach head in Mazatlan!
OK, and now the rest of the story, I need a new sail for my race frame! What's the best way for a man on a budget to come up with a quality 1.5 sail?
AL