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#92104 Pairs Advice Wanted

Posted by kwmf on 17 March 2013 - 12:51 PM

You can also use a target kite if you find yourself flying without a partner.  Can be colorful fun just to play around. Just be careful not to get mixed up with line that may cut your rev lines. Never had that problem myself, but I suppose it could be a concern.


Did you mean something like this ;)

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#92007 Pairs Advice Wanted

Posted by kwmf on 12 March 2013 - 11:06 PM

put a single line kite in the sky and use it as a "Target". 


Hey Jim


I like that a lot ... I will remember this one as I (hopefully) bring more people onboard :)

#91994 Pairs Advice Wanted

Posted by kwmf on 11 March 2013 - 10:47 PM

Here follows the 3 most important things you need to know...

  1. BREATHE !!!!! (trust me, you will forget)
  2. Watch your own kite (trust me, you will mess it up when you watch the other guys kite)
  3. Have fun (this is the point is it not...)


Don't worry so much, and don't be so driven to formalise it that it takes away from the experience. Just get used to standing next to each other and flying in the same air space as each other comfortably.


Basic stuff to mess with is either following each other around, doing the same pattern flanked (side by side) or hovering/moving around each other.


I'd say that key things to get down are speed control (this comes in everywhere - if you don't have it you will get it soon), figure 8's (this is curved flight practice and diagonal practice) and squares (this is hard corners and straight lines).


Have fun and mess with it ... if it's not fun then you'll stop doing it

#91914 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by kwmf on 06 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

30's and 50's are my favorite short line length :)


Altho there was that set of 35's ..... ;)

#91905 Favorite Revs?

Posted by kwmf on 06 March 2013 - 05:22 AM

Own the B2's, indoor, full pro set, full Polo set, Zen, Blast (std and vented), Power Blast 2-4 and have previously owned the SLE and B sets.


Each has its own personality, strengths and weaknesses ... but I always come back to the Pro and that's what gets flown 90% of the time.


Don't get me wrong, there are times and reasons I will take a Polo or B2 (for example) over one of my Pros .... but if I had to give up everything except for one series I would keep the Pros - best all round system bar none that I have experienced.

#91878 New banners

Posted by kwmf on 04 March 2013 - 11:26 PM

Thanks guys (and girls)


Pity the banner is in 'reverse' here (it's a single sided print) ... but this is one of my favourite shots from the weekend.


I've been promised more photos from the weekend will be emailed to me today, so I will add more to the FaceBook page when I get them.

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#91877 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by kwmf on 04 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

All my lines are sleeved ... even my indoor lines (which are 90# line) ... I've not had any issues due to sleeving.


Now snags due to handle position, leader knots, endcap bungees .... THAT's a different story.

#91858 New banners

Posted by kwmf on 04 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

Pro tip : get prettier models.


We'll leave the skirt wearing to you :P

#91854 New banners

Posted by kwmf on 04 March 2013 - 05:52 AM

Seeing as how the plan is to try and make some appearences at some events this year ... I had two AeroShark banners made up (just) in time for a 2 hour trip down the coast.


The sand spike is pretty heavy so I'll have to work on a lighter alternative, but otherwise these have been good so far. Now to find more and more reasons to fly them.


More photos from the weekend at http://www.facebook.com/TeamAeroShark


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#91816 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by kwmf on 28 February 2013 - 02:44 AM

Interacting with people at very close quarters requires absolute unwaivering control of your kite ... but it is SO worth the effort in getting to that point when you get the response from them.


I mainly do this on 30' and 50' lines, but I've done it out at 80' and 120' as well ... but the longer the lines the more you're removed from the interaction ... I like it when it's the victim volunteer, the kite AND me in the interaction.

#91810 Madquad Practice

Posted by kwmf on 27 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

Here's 2c from the n00b peanut gallery....


When I'm practicing (even when just having fun and not taking it too seriously) I will, for example, fly squares in 2 or 3 different 'modes' so to speak. One is the would be line - stop - turn - stop - line - repeat .... one would be line - snap turn - hold - go - repeat .... the other would be a square with no stops - just maintain the pace thoughout the whole square while still keeping it sharp. I have a few more, but you get the picture...


In terms of my own style, I've basically taken elements from practically everyone and done my own thing with it. My preference is for things that are visually striking and appealing - for me it must look good to a casual observer who knows nothing. That's not to say I don't fly something technically challenging, because I certainly do (for numerous reasons) .... just that I like flying something visually striking.


What that ends up meaning is that a casual observer (and I've tested this with casual observers) get far more enjoyment out of something as simple as a dive stop or monkey bars than (say) a reverse octagon. The technical challenges and the shape is lost on them ... this is the age of instant gratification, extereme everything and as much style as possible .... and since that is who the audience is when not flying for yourself, that is also my preference.


The result of that is that things like Polo with all his wicked tip pivots (like a body popping dancer) looks very appealing. I've seen people that are more precise than Polo (and I openly admit I love his stuff and he's been a major influence on my flying), but his style has a lot of visual flair.


In my own experiments using 50' lines where I can see the peoples responses I get a big reaction out of things like monkey bars, snap 45 landings and anythign dramatic ... way more than anything else.


A classic example is a travelling bicycle vs doing a tip stand - cartwheel - tip stand - repeat right across the window. They are essentially the same thing, one just has a landing and pause in it ... yet I find the travelling bicycle more technically challenging to maintain and keep smooth. People don't even react to the travelling bicycle, but I usually get smiles and clear recognition in the tip sand version.


Like I said, I fly both styles and there are good reasons for both ... I just like visual flair over technical difficulty when expressing the art for an onlooker (including myself).


Just some thoughts from a sleep deprived guy down here in the bushes ... your mileage may vary ;)

#91808 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by kwmf on 27 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

Just wait until you have the skill and confidence to use the kite to (safely) interact with people on those 30' lines ;)


In the mean time, find something in your surroundings to practice with ... land on it, balance on it, cartwheel over it, slide past it, etc, etc

#91748 Handle length

Posted by kwmf on 21 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

I actually can't fly on stock B leaders unless I untie all but the last 2 knots

#91703 Getting back onto Quad

Posted by kwmf on 17 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

Not thought about doing a Blog.

If you think there will be interest I can try it.


Beginners offer the best insights because they're not afraid to ask questions and to learn.


As you gain knowledge and add experience so you will begin to reach a point of understanding. That is an extremely powerful position as you begin to be a bridge between still understanding the mind of the beginner while understanding the more advanced.


Unless you are actively teaching beginners you will eventually start to forget how their mind works and bridging that gap when explaining things becomes more difficult.


Doing a blog would be one method of preserving that bridge in thinking for others to refer to in their own journey.


Well, that's just my opinion anyway :)

#91702 Frames in progressively vented sail stacks

Posted by kwmf on 17 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

No direct advice ... but I can give you some relative advice on Race Rods that may or may not be of use to you.


On my B2 set stack (vent, mid, std - front to back) I use 4-3-3 frames. I used to use 4-3-RR but even on the little B2 I could see the full sail at the back was flexing more than the other two. At no time was it a safety issue or a risk of anything breaking, I just didn't like seeing that extra load on the rear kite compared to the other two ... it just looked out of place to my eye.


Now that I have the 3 wrap frame in the back they all look uniform in their flight shape. I guess I could try a 2 wrap in the rear since that should be stiffer than the RR (and thats whats in 4/5 kites in Watty's stack so it's plenty strong enough - I've flown it), but I don't mind a little over engineering.