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estill

Member Since 23 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Sep 27 2010 06:14 AM
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In Topic: Not new, but still a beginner

27 September 2010 - 06:17 AM

That was much better. I was flying in a steady 5 mph wind, which was a little too light. Inverted flight was more of a controlled descent. I was able to hold vertical and back-up across the entire window in a semi-straight line.

In Topic: Not new, but still a beginner

25 September 2010 - 08:09 AM

Thank you again for the suggestions. I'm here at Ocean Shores, and last night I had a more successful time flying. I built the leaders and the first thing I discovered is one line is about an inch longer than the others. I was able to tune out some of the tendency to take off in the forward direction. the biggest thing I learned was the wind I have been flying is is too much. Last night was another example of a 15+ mph wind. I was struggling when I first started out then the wind dropped significantly for about 5 minutes. During the lighter wind I looked like I knew what I was doing.

Off to the beach again. Though this morning looks like I will get to spend time dropping airplanes from single line kites.

In Topic: Not new, but still a beginner

01 September 2010 - 01:10 PM

I've been installing cabinets at home. The only good part is the weather has been lousy when I have time to go outside.

Our plan is Sept. 24th and 25th at Ocean Shores. So at worst I have a couple of weeks to wait.

I'll have to check out the festival at Pacific Beach. Probably won't be able to make it, but you never know.

In Topic: Not new, but still a beginner

26 August 2010 - 08:13 AM

And to think, all this time I has hopping around on one foot while cross-eyed. I'll check with the wife about the "shaving my head" part.

Good news is that it look like I'm heading back to Ocean Shores soon for another long weekend.

In Topic: Not new, but still a beginner

24 August 2010 - 11:05 AM

Thank you for the advice. It's comforting to know that the it is a problem with the blockhead at the end of the lines.

I will probably make up a set of leaders before I go out again. Reading a little more about them last night they appear to be analogous to the minor adjustment I make on my dual line kites to compensate for the wind conditions. (The exception being I probably won't need to adjust them very often.)

Yes I will admit to making the mistake of putting the vertical spars on the front of the sail. I promise to never do that again. :innocent:

The lines were exactly the same the last time I checked. I don't thnk I've flown it enough to be concerned about the lines stretching, but this leads me to my next question. I usually wait until the winds are above 10 MPH before I get this kite out, should I be flying this in lighter wind?

As for flicking the wrist to turn, I'll have to try that. I seem to remember though that I need a steady input to get it to turn. Like I said I've watched the videos here, and his hand motions seemed very jerky compared to what I do. I'm not a kitelife subscriber, so I won't be getting to the HD/iPod videos anytime soon. I will double check youtube to see if they are available there.

I was admiring the B-Series at Cutting Edge Kites last weekend. Unless I can figure out a way to commute to work with it, I don't see one of those coming home any time soon.

Now the real problem is finding the time to get back out flying.