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In Topic: Wildwoods International Kite Festival 2015

26 March 2015 - 06:11 AM

It's a Thursday thru Tuesday show for the two pauls

(Paul Dugard and Paul LaMasters),  05/21/2015 to 05/26/2015

see ya' then, I hope


PS:  All the sport kiting activities are compressed into a single day (on Saturday & no precision events are being offered at all)


GOOD!, I can finally focus unseating my friend & adversary Dennis Smith in MMB

In Topic: helium

23 March 2015 - 10:03 AM

okay, it's an SUL, lighter and more delicate than your current model patterned after my efforts, (with all that modification crap on it).  The material (fabric) is very light for the sail and translucent to sunlight (or an LED) also.  The frame is delicate, but worthy of outside in very low wind conditions.  


The kite also flies indoors (right out of the shipping container) with no adjustments necessary.  It uses a stock-ish bridle and is the same size/shape as the 1.5 platform we all know and love so much.  So it flies like a matched-set should, no dramatic transition of skill-sets from indoors to outside.


I'd say it's in-between the dedicated indoor and a Zen in performance,.. not as flexible or squirrelly as the indoor model is outside, but still that slow graceful presence feature of the Zen whether using wind or your feet indoors


Wind range is probably 2 mph down to a negative number!


uncle ben Dantonio was flying it on about a 100 feet of line in a dead calm, not working hard or moving around much at all, all this when most everyone was watching from the sidelines.  It might not be for lessons or beginners, but it's going to a be a requirement during the summer months of the Mid-Atlantic states for the WOW hard-core faithful.


I am not sponsored except by my own bride, HA!

You want one of these unless you live on the northern coast of an ocean and never have a lack of wind.  I won't buy an ultra-vented Rev because it will not see enough use to justify the expense, on the other hand I'd buy two of these as soon as possible.  Wear one of 'em out and see how I want it modified for great durability or improved performance.  Meanwhile I have a spare for lessons or to continue working on one in each hand at the same time.

In Topic: helium

23 March 2015 - 04:29 AM

I flew it, it's ready too!!!,

when can I order a couple of 'em?


19 March 2015 - 06:41 AM

no, double wrap the other loop (on top of the down-spar's end cap) Mark.  The restrictor is usually so tight I advise folks to untie and lengthen the legs slightly, thereby reducing the overall size of the restrictor's loops themselves.  Not so much as to advise Will on changing his bridle boards, just a pinch.


Here's the test Mark.  If you picked up the kite by just the two top flying line attachment points on the bridle,... are all those legs tight?


In gusty conditions you may very well prefer the loop we are discussing as a single cap wrap, so it doesn't surge forward unexpectedly.  I fly with so much "down" in the tuning that the kite doesn't want to to do that,.... you have to FORCE it.  You can even remove the restrictor entirely and have fun experimenting with it that way.


I've played with extending that center attachment point further away from the leading edge and banging' it down closer too.  One way makes more sense for light, smooth wind and the other for those big changes in conditions usually associated with an approaching storm front.

In Topic: I don't instruct loved ones

18 March 2015 - 03:50 AM

ok, so it didn't go as I planned with my bride('s quad lesson,... like that's a first)


I flew and she mostly watched, except for a night fly and short sunday afternoon session on her single lined kites.  Thanks to everyone for stepping up with offers of help and encouragement though, made us both feel great!