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#96793 Leaders ?

Posted by kwmf on 14 January 2016 - 12:20 AM

I find the tops should be about 6.5 to 7.5 inches further out than the bottom as a good baseline. Some people will go further out, depends on handles and flying preference, but the above is a good baseline. I don't believe there is any merit in going less than that on standard equipment unless you like to hold the handles at the bottom or something really obscure.


I pretty much use one of two knots on my top leaders which cover me from light wind to overpowered. When handing off to someone who wants to give this flying thing a try, I will usually drop only one knot back on the top for them to make it a little easier, but that's usually only when I'm on my heavier brake setting in lighter wind. Failing that scenario, I leave it right where I fly and give them the handles.


Once you show someone how to launch correctly the setup is not a problem.

#96746 Line adjustment

Posted by kwmf on 24 November 2015 - 10:58 PM

And there you go .... variance across the same anatomical structure resulting in different outputs, but with a consistent principle. That principle is what lets one pick up any handle and find neutral and know you only ever need move a single knot.


I've played (at length on each iteration) with different handle bends, foam thicknesses and foam position (among other factors), and each has their pros and cons. Where I feel I have a leg up on most is that I am aware of the differences and what I gain and lose on each variance of the possibilities. From there I can pick which one I feel is the best mix for me.


Truth be told, I'm actually in the process (have been for a few months) of circling back to where I started to revalidate things against the knowledge I believe I have gained through the process.

#96691 Race Rods

Posted by kwmf on 03 November 2015 - 03:50 AM

Full sail for sure ....

Once the wind is up I switch to the mid vent with 3 wrap frame - a little venting goes a long way to making me look smooth and sharp :)

#96549 WSIKF 2015

Posted by kwmf on 30 July 2015 - 11:02 PM


If you can hold the 4 basic hovers and have basic flight control then you're ready to get in line - it will only help accelerate your development

#96541 WSIKF 2015

Posted by kwmf on 30 July 2015 - 01:53 AM

There's always team flying going on .... I don't fly 32-26 hours each way to fly by myself ... LOL

#96537 WSIKF 2015

Posted by kwmf on 30 July 2015 - 12:35 AM

Prep the beach and weather for me ... I'll be there on the 14th or 15th

#96473 WSIKF 2015

Posted by kwmf on 01 July 2015 - 12:38 AM

The ninja will be making a return...

#96409 add reverse to speed up?

Posted by kwmf on 11 May 2015 - 12:04 AM

I fly my Flexifoil power kites with brake tension like my revs. Any 4 line kite will have more control with tension on all 4 lines

#96405 add reverse to speed up?

Posted by kwmf on 07 May 2015 - 07:51 AM

Much easier to back off an inch (MAYBE two) from my setup when I give them the handles and not say a word.


When you start, everything is just as 'difficult' and anything else since it's a new skill .... teach them correctly from the start.


The only time anyone has struggled with this is due to low wind (and slacking brake will further reduce pressure/control) and I generally have people flying unassisted within the hour.

#96119 Too many mind

Posted by kwmf on 24 February 2015 - 06:03 AM

Well I wasn't listening to that specific track at the time (I was listening to the album it's on) so nothing wrong with that.


That session was actually riddled with errors if I'm honest and they jump out at me in this video ... but I do tend to be critical of myself. If you watch me during this video you'll even see there are times that I look away from the kite while flying .... I was very distracted at this point and I was just letting the camera run while I flew.


I learned a few things about camera setup and methods that day, so hopefully I can get a better result next time where I can fly with my usual levels of precision and authority.

#96059 Short lines for a beginner?

Posted by kwmf on 12 February 2015 - 10:55 PM

My latest video was on 30' lines ....totally possible. Most of JB's recent solo videos were also 30' length as well.


I find 80' to be a good length to work on if you're flying solo and learning.


Where I am, space limits us to 50' almost all the time. One could go longer, but you will have no space to use footwork, can fall down a steep bank formed by the ocean, can overfly fences, dunes (with vegetation) or other hard objects or end up in the surf zone itself looking for space. It's possible with control, but not practical for learning and requires too much focus away from the flying itself.

#96047 Too many mind

Posted by kwmf on 11 February 2015 - 01:56 AM

For those who haven't seen this on Facebook...


#95798 Ben's Farewell

Posted by kwmf on 16 December 2014 - 12:29 AM

Threr cheers for Ben...

#95728 helium

Posted by kwmf on 01 December 2014 - 02:46 AM

While I do believe the Indoor Rev could use an update (or even split in 2 different directions) .... I think the current one flies decently and is already pretty delicate outdoors.


What I would actually like to see is a TOUGH 1.5 type kite for less than standard winds, not a delicate one. Catch-22 I know, but a delicate outdoor rig has no place in my bag.

#94943 Reaching Out.......

Posted by kwmf on 15 May 2014 - 11:45 PM

If anyone wants to sponsor me a flight there and back I'll be glad to help ;)