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#93522 Montana, Big Sky Country.

Posted by katrina on 11 September 2013 - 12:31 PM

I sent a msg to CJ aka exile, since he's not on the forum much. But he still flies kites, and needs people to fly with. He'll be getting in touch with you! :)

#93411 Help please.

Posted by katrina on 23 August 2013 - 03:17 AM

Casey and Elmo, I can vouch for the fact that there are "a bunch of different rev types here" at wsikf and many of them are indeed questionable. ;) Lets see, there's that whole jersey crew, some guy with a blue hat and bug goggles, papa smurf and crew, and many buff-clad kite ninjas, for starters. They (we) may look a little weird, but we'll let you try our kites.

#92792 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by katrina on 21 May 2013 - 01:35 PM

Katrina really wasn't too impressed at KP, must been the wind was a bit light!


Say what now? Wayne, my friend, you are in trouble again! laugh.png wink.png

I was in fact impressed, as always, with the amazing flight characteristics of the weaves. 

The are indeed smooth kites.  They track beautifully, you just point them in a direction and they go that way in a dead straight line.  And 180s are very crisp and effortless.  I did switch back to my VTD that day at KP, but only because I wanted to stick with what I'm used to for team flying.  blue_wink.gif

Rich, thanks for leaving the loaner with us, you rock.

#92597 LIST: Quad Team names and contacts

Posted by katrina on 03 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hello John,


Would you please add:


NW SkyLiners

Members: Katrina Bruland, Gerry Ralls, Wayne Dowler & Chuck Wiley, alternates Anne & Kevin Vogel, Mark Giadone, Ron Paola.

Based in Portland Oregon area.

Contact Katrina, kk.bruland@gmail.com


Also, Team Free Agents is still going strong.  blue_wink.gif You may add my email to that listing. 


Thank you! 

#92510 Found stake at Lincoln City Fall Fest 2012

Posted by katrina on 23 April 2013 - 08:25 AM

Ah. Yes, well. Ahem. g.gif But....what if it's someone's LUCKY tent stake? They may cry tears of joy at its return.  Maybe there will be a reward. cup_3rd.gif More likely I'll keep it on hand for someone who arrives off a plane with no stake because they flew carry on only.  

#91586 Training for WSIKF2013!

Posted by katrina on 10 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

Yeah, like Watty said, it's all in the hover.  Be sure to to practice ALL positions, not just left right up down.  With that large of a group, it's hard to predict where you will end up on the big ball.  You may find yourself inverted, or facing out at an angle.  Unless there's new stuff this year, the ball is the only slightly tricky thing in the whole mega fly.  So here's an exercise for you: go hover somewhere, then imagine John calls for a big ball.  Pick your spot in the sky and back into it.  Hold.  Then burst (try slow and fast), and back to ball.  Back and forth, over and over--burst and reverse to ball, trying to keep on a straight track.   Another very simple exercise: Just try picking points in the sky and flying to them smoothly and accurately.  Also practice flying at the very edges of the wind window, including the top and the bottom.  It's less comfy there, but it's great practice. 


Now, don't stress!  The mega fly calls are easy and slow.  Nothing complicated.  Yes there will be a lot of kites in the sky, but you won't even be aware of them.  You'll just be looking at your kite and the kites right around you. If regular group flying is like square dancing, then the mega fly is a large group doing the macarena.  mf_party.gif (!Ay!) 

#89735 Rev on the way!

Posted by katrina on 29 August 2012 - 12:58 AM

And no, 31x3 does not equal 91 or 92 now does it? But a bit of the LE pokes out on either side and fits into the endcaps. (and the verticals go on the BACK of the kite.) No worries, they really are all interchangeable, as Theresa said.
Enjoy your maiden flight! Ah, the ecstasy of the first launch, followed by a beautiful arc to one side...and then the inevitable faceplant on the leading edge. It's not easy at first! You've got this forum if you need help, and the tutorials on kitelife. Let us know how it goes! Welcome to the forum, and to quads. :) :) :)

#89567 Windscape Kite Festival 2013

Posted by katrina on 14 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

oooooh, 2013, maybe this will be the year for us. I can offer you one quad liner and one single liner kiter maker. hmmm. And a rather small (will be) 9 year old rev flier who thinks she is hot sh :kid_devlish: .

#89142 WSIKF 2012 (REV FIELD)

Posted by katrina on 20 July 2012 - 05:12 PM


You better be more specific with rich or he will share abilities that we all don't want to know about. . . .

I am hoping I can make it as well. . . .

:blink: :lol: Luckily Rich took the high road. Hope you can come Steve!

Thanks to Bri for coordinating this deal. She's perfect for the job. For the record, I wasn't meaning to give HER a hard time about the abilities assessment thing, just Rich.:) I agree, it is funny how if someone says they're not ready, they usually ARE. Translation, "I'm ready, but I don't want to mess everyone up," or, "I'm ready, but I'm scared :censored:less. Those that really aren't ready don't say they aren't ready. They say they're still working on hovers, or flying in straight-ish lines, something like that. So if you really don't want to be prodded into the line at WSIKF, choose your words carefully! :kid_content: But if you're reading this thread...you KNOW you want to be in on it.

#87265 Photos of your B-series Pros

Posted by katrina on 31 March 2012 - 09:17 PM

vented, mid, standard

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Now I know I'm flattering myself to think that someone might see these and want to make something like them, but... If you do like them, please feel free to use the designs. (Just, you know, not exactly the same.) You can see that the standard is based on the rum buddies, to give credit where credit is due.

#84703 Trying to get permission to use facilities?

Posted by katrina on 21 October 2011 - 07:34 PM

A year ago Scott Koenig, Watty, Dean, REVflyer, John Farrell, and Theresa put together a list of guidelines for flying indoors. Mousie and Monkey gave thoughtful pyrotechnics suggestions. :kid_devlish: Here's Scott's original post. I added an intro. It's something to give facilities managers when you are trying to get permission to fly somewhere new. It's gotten me into my local rec center and Bally's so far.

letter as a google doc, not editable
letter as a google doc, editable

Rev specific letter, not editable
Rev specific letter, editable

Note that once you edit one of the editables, it will look like that for whoever opens the link thereafter. I was thinking that if the the group thought of something to add or change, you wouldn't be dependent on me to do the changing. You can also just copy and paste the text into your own document, if you want to make changes.
Happy Flying! :blue_wink:

#83517 Birthdays!!!

Posted by katrina on 01 September 2011 - 06:26 PM

Best Wishes and Happy Flying to you both!!!!!

:balloon: :balloon: :balloon: :balloon: :balloon: :balloon:

:throb: :throb: :throb: :throb: :throb:

:happybday: :sq_w00t:

#83451 Which should I have for first timer

Posted by katrina on 30 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

I am always torn on what answer to give to this question. The very best thing would be to meet up with some flyers, and try a few things, as was suggested. You'll get a much better feel for what's out there. There are lots of variables. so, different answers. Here are 3 poss answers, my humble advice, others may give diff advice.

Answer 1, For the person who just wants to try it out, not sure about it yet, or trying to save $:

Get an exp or an SLE, or better yet track down a used B series. Start with a standard sail (non-vented) unless you regularly get heavy winds. If you get an SLE, make sure to also get 3-wrap rods to replace the SLE rods. The SLE (super leading edge) are thick and strong, fine for learning, but you most likely will not use them after a month or two. Drawback to getting SLE/exp: you will outgrow them, and then you'll be spending more $ to buy a B series.

Lines: 90 lb, at least 80 ft. spectra. Handles--13" are pretty standard. Start with those. Some like 15", but 13s are your best bet.

Answer 2, For the person who's pretty sure they're going to get into this: By all means go straight to the 1.5 B series! Easy answer. Standard sail to start, later if you get into it, you'll add a vented. The wind range of those two sails overlaps. There are lots of starter packages for the B series. These can be put together by individual retailers. They usually contain kite, 2 wrap rods for light wind, 3 wrap rods for medium wind, 90 lb 80 ft lines, 13" handles, kite sleeve.

Answer 3, you know you've already been sucked in by the powers of the darkside. This is the set up you'll eventually end up with, might as well start with it, right?

1.5 B series, race rods instead of 2 wraps, and 3 wraps.

120 ft lines, laser pro gold spectra line.

13" handles (or possibly 15", matter of personal pref)

later, vented 1.5 b series, and add 4 wraps for heavier wind. can use race rods in vented to bring wind range down.

even later, mid (one vent on each side instead of two)

and then, finally, B pros, mmmmm.

If you go with answer 3, a good retailer will be able to start with a package, but substitute your rods of choice and line of choice. Black race rods weigh just a teeny bit more than 2 wraps, but are stiffer/stronger, and so replace them. Green race rods are a little bit heavier. That's a whole 'nother topic, tho. 120' linesets are standard for flying with people. Also really nice to learn on, as you have lots of room to correct before you crash. but it's a long walk to your kite when you get a tip wrap, and as a beginner, you may be dealing with tangles, not fun on 120s. So, okay to start with 80'. Esp if you will be flying in a crowded area. At first, you'll want a clean swath to fly on, because you will crash. Don't want to crash into people. Later, it won't matter, you'll be able to fly anywhere.

#83319 WSIKF 2011

Posted by katrina on 26 August 2011 - 08:43 PM

I'll drive if you'll navigate.

#83108 Yachats Kite Festival

Posted by katrina on 20 August 2011 - 09:02 PM

Calling all locals! Let's help make this event a success, so there can be a second annual, and a 3rd.:D If you haven't been there before, I can tell you that Yachats is beautiful, well worth the trip out even if there were not kites involved. Especially Cape Perpetual/Devil's Churn. I will be there and husband too with big kites. It sounds like Brett and Bree from Eugene will come. Wayne (SV) is a maybe.