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#95643 Another Newbie here....

Posted by makatakam on 29 October 2014 - 05:49 PM

Glad you're having fun and getting the hang of it. It gets even better. Since you are familiar with duals, you will have a bit easier time than those with no understanding of "wind window", "stalls", etc.


Keep smiling, don't forget to breathe.

#95636 Photos of your B-series Pros

Posted by makatakam on 28 October 2014 - 06:28 PM

Got the kites, B Pro full suite and Zen. Just now got the pictures from a couple of outings. Here's my new babies -- red, black and white. The blue nym is not mine, mine is red white and black.


me and bpros.jpg my zen and blue nym.jpg


The Zen pattern is one end of the B Pro pattern.

#95555 Indoor Rev

Posted by makatakam on 17 October 2014 - 05:33 AM

Very cool! 

#95339 Addicted to Shook Weaves

Posted by makatakam on 02 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

It's an addiction I could live with!

#95253 One happy newbie

Posted by makatakam on 08 August 2014 - 05:13 PM

Hi, and welcome to the dark side.


I live in Schaumburg (NW Chicago suburb) and will gladly fly with you. Put my number in your phone and call me whenever you plan to be in the Chicago area. You can reach me anytime at 224-227-0638.


P.S. -- Get on the IKE (Illinois Kite Enthusiasts) forum, ikeclub.org, if you haven't already. Lots of people there who will be happy to meet up and fly when you're in the area.

#95116 ? on old rev

Posted by makatakam on 19 June 2014 - 05:49 AM

Go to the hardware store and get wooden dowel that fits inside the tube (1/4") and crazy glue it inside the upright which is too short, at least 1-1/2" inside the tube and enough sticking out to make them the same length. This should be fine as a temporary fix, until it falls apart. The kite will constantly want to turn to one side if the lengths are unequal. Everything on most multi-line kites should be bilaterally symmetrical.

#95070 Difference between EXP and B-Series

Posted by makatakam on 11 June 2014 - 07:27 PM

The B-series and the pro are a bit quicker than the EXP and SLE and more responsive to inputs because of the panel design. The panel layout changes the direction of stretch in the fabric, so it doesn't all go in the same direction, reduces billowing.

#95029 First timer

Posted by makatakam on 08 June 2014 - 06:23 AM

Hi, welcome to the Rev forum and the "darkside". I see that you are in the U.S. If you can narrow that down a little for us, maybe an experienced flyer can join you at a local field. It will shave years off the learning curve if another can help you over the initial obstacles.


I pretty much learned on my own for the first two years, and even though I had oodles of fun, I had to unlearn bad habits afterwards. Get together with someone as soon as possible.


Definitely watch any instructional videos available here, on the KiteLife and AKA sites. John Barresi has made an entire series of videos which will walk you through everything from setting up, line management, and basic skills to advanced tricks. Spencer (Watty) Watson also has videos which cover the intermediate skills and tricks and indoor flying techniques.


Good luck, good winds, and welcome to the family. Like Paul said above, don't forget to breathe.

#95011 "A Day With Ben"

Posted by makatakam on 05 June 2014 - 07:26 PM

Nicely done, wind looked really sweet.

#94989 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 30 May 2014 - 11:26 PM

+1 PowerBlast 2-4

#94868 my fist rev : not got a clue guys help please !

Posted by makatakam on 29 April 2014 - 08:13 PM

Hi, Roy -- welcome to the dark side.


Just remember to use small inputs. You don't need to yank and spank quite as much as a dualie.


Try to balance it with the top lines, and use small inputs to the bottoms for directional control.


Good luck, good flying and like everyone will tell you, try to meet up with some others.


P.S. -- B2 is small, fast and squirrely. Not the easiest to learn with, but not impossible.

#94530 New Rev

Posted by makatakam on 02 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

Hi, Bruce


Welcome to the dark side. Get on the IKE forum, ikeclub.org, and talk to Jynx. She's from the Milwaukee area. I'm in Schaumburg, NW Chicago suburbs. The midvent might leave you parked on the ground much of the time in this area of the midwest. The full sail is the choice for first Rev in our area.


However, talk to as many people as possible before buying, and get out to some IKE club flys and check it out in person. We all have plenty of kites that you can try before buying, and all of the club members will be happy to let you try theirs.

#94419 New REV Indoor for Scott Weider

Posted by makatakam on 06 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Awesome.  I think I know what it's for too, which makes it even more awesome.  


Probably to scare off pigeons and/or seagulls.

#94272 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 17 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

makatakam -1 (5)

#94020 It's Here!

Posted by makatakam on 23 November 2013 - 06:44 PM

Or Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. On the back cover, in large friendly letters are the words "don't panic".


Or maybe her father's words from the movie Contact, "small moves, Ellie, small moves".