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stroke survivor

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#96791 Leaders ?

Posted by stroke survivor on 13 January 2016 - 09:50 AM

You are learning the "Theory of Brake"! Many of us had to "relearn" our hand position as we started out using more brakes in our setup. The object is to create a more controllable sail. Ever have gusts just take over your kite? Adding more brake puts a "neutral" in the kite. Think auto transmission - put a car in drive and let off the brakes on a flat surface. Eventually the car starts moving on it's own. Now leave a standard transmission in neutral - nothing happens. You must engage a gear to get the car going. To me, it puts you more in control over the kite. That's the closest explanation I have.


Been flying this setup for years now with much more brake, it did take time to learn. But the advantage is now I have a much "tamer" kite and can concentrate on seeing the picture in my head, not worry about my kite just taking off to who knows where! 


Another advantage is in low winds. Most want to pull the top lines closer to the handle. That does let you launch, but hurts flying after you get it in the air. Think sailing - I did this for several years and think it explains. You can actually pull a sail in too tight to the wind. There is some "belly" in a sail, haul it it too tight and you lose that "belly". That = inefficient. By letting the tops out, you "square" the sail up to the available wind. Yes it is a bit more work to launch, but you should feel the sail capturing more air and staying full. And learning a gentle touch helps - it's real easy to just yank a kite out of the sky in those conditions.


But this is my preference, not everyone agrees, What works for me, may not for you, or vice versa! There is no one, perfect, way to do this! Everyone has some personal quirk to their setup, so there is no "right or wrong", just how it works for you! 



#96778 Flying Lines sets

Posted by stroke survivor on 24 December 2015 - 02:33 PM

John - hate to disagree - but! 


I've experienced no issues between any of the 2 lines when mixed in a line. A lot of East Coast (USA) fliers are Skybond fans. They come out to WSIKF every summer and fly right alongside us West Coast guys! While a lot of us do use LPG, some of us have tried Skybond, and used it in mixed company. As an experiment last year, I used Skybond without telling anyone else on my team. We did a routine together and afterwards, I asked if anyone noticed anything different - no was the answer! 


All the other warnings do hold true!

#96757 Line Length

Posted by stroke survivor on 13 December 2015 - 11:54 AM

Agree with all the above reasons for 120's. If you have room to use them, then you will like them!!  That said:


I also use 20', 30', 50', 75', 85', 100', and 120'! It's all about what situation you're in, what lines you use. Love my 20's and 30's for street flying. 50's or 75'/85' for smaller parks. And the 120's at the beach.


Winds will always dictate line length and/weight needed on any given day!

#96675 Race Rods

Posted by stroke survivor on 26 October 2015 - 09:01 AM

Like John said - not really useful for a vented, other than lowering the wind range of the sail. They have a different flex/rebound action than the "wrap" rods. Some really take to it, others struggle with them. Considering where you are at in your flying - spend more time flying, less time buying!



And again - it will pay to try some first!! Get together with some other fliers and ask if anyone has some you can use. Then you can make up your own mind, being better informed.


Posted by stroke survivor on 04 August 2015 - 10:22 AM

In my observations - Making the "VEE" shallower has INCREASED the chances of flipping the wing, Compare an SLE to a "B" - much harder to flip the "B" than the SLE - IMHO. That bit of extra depth helps connect the 2 wings and make them work together, not fight for dominance. In my eyes, the closer you can get to a square shape, the more wind it will hold. Wrong??


PS: so are you using a light but very stiff frame for achieving your goals?

#96552 WSIKF 2015

Posted by stroke survivor on 31 July 2015 - 07:58 AM

Even if you just get inline with 2-3 others, it will really help your confidence. And you can still work on more control as you wish. But getting in a line really shows what the kite is capable of! And don't worry - there are many experienced leaders that will take your abilities and work inside that framework. Don't be bullied by tangles - we've all been there! Most take at best a few minutes to sort out, some we can fly out of. 


Learning to relax and breathe in the line is key!! 

#96476 WSIKF 2015

Posted by stroke survivor on 01 July 2015 - 05:05 PM

Many ninjas await!!ani_yahoo.gif

#96459 I want to get a rev kite.

Posted by stroke survivor on 14 June 2015 - 03:53 PM

First - let me ask - are you in range of any of the Rev fliers? All that you can ask would be best answered in person, because as you get more info, you'll get more questions. Plus you'll have the advantage of flying some kites and really determine if this is suited to you. 


Look on the member map for people located near you! A short drive will take a lot off the learning curve!

#96366 First kite

Posted by stroke survivor on 22 April 2015 - 06:02 PM

Well at least from the info given - it looks like you are into some "pull". I would think any of the Blast series might fit your needs, from a Blast ,2-4 Blast, or 4-8 Blast! All are more than capable of giving you a good workout! Look through the product descriptions of each, to see what you think.

#96263 I don't instruct loved ones

Posted by stroke survivor on 12 March 2015 - 08:15 AM

Win lottery?? Don't know about personal buyer, but can I apply for personal flier??  ani_whistling.gif

#96094 Shockwave date?

Posted by stroke survivor on 20 February 2015 - 10:27 AM

Lolly at Rev or John Mitchell  might know the release date. 


As for smelling, GENTLY wash the kite with your hose on spray and leave it out in the sun to dry! See if that helps! Double check the bridle for wear or rot! Replace if needed!

#96075 Any Rev flyers in Poole area?

Posted by stroke survivor on 15 February 2015 - 12:34 PM

Hope you can get the existing clubs to post their regular meets on the page!! Gets more fliers the info on what is going on in their areas.  I know a lot of UK fliers were active on this site at one time. Maybe get them to be a bit more active again?

#96074 Global Rev Count.

Posted by stroke survivor on 15 February 2015 - 12:28 PM

Just one - right!!!!!

#96011 Short lines for a beginner?

Posted by stroke survivor on 06 February 2015 - 04:03 PM

Depends on how short is short. 50' might be OK, but 30' really ramps things up. You are correct though, EVERYTHING happens faster on short lines! 


I'd consider them AFTER learning some basic control. IMHO - YMMV

#96008 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by stroke survivor on 05 February 2015 - 05:38 PM

Patience grasshopper, patience!! ani_giveup.gif