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Age42 years old
BirthdayAugust 2, 1971
On facebook, I'm Katrina Null (maiden name). Not that I consider FB one of my "interests," more a necessary evil. Just if you'd like to find me there...
I don't know why you would need a matching kite/vacuum cleaner set
Well they do fly pretty nicely as a stack, especially with the Self Propelled Wind Tunnel technology activated. I have not been able to get the hoovers to fly on their own yet, though.
At the Hillsboro clinic a few weeks ago, I had thought the wind was just too low to even bother trying. But of course John Barresi picked up my purple hoover and flew a backwards octagon with it. Seriously, I could hardly tell which way the wind was coming from, the wind was that low. And he did this one handed. But I've heard he can fly a refrigerator too. I think he's the only one in the world that can do that.
I agree with what most have said: go for the full vent next. B series. I've had a standard and a full vent for a while now. There's no problem going straight from the standard to the full when the standard starts to pull. I was always quite happy when the wind was up enough to switch to the vented, because it flies more smoothly. Yes, sometimes I'm a bit underpowered with the vented, but it's not bothersome UNLESS you are trying to fly in a group, and suddenly you are working hard to maintain speed to keep up. I'm finally at the point where I want/need a mid. But as a beginner, definitely start with the standard and full vent combo, as it will allow you to fly in almost all conditions. Imagine two bricks set end to end, with another placed on top, bridging the bottom two. The bottom two are the standard and full vent sails, the one on the top is the midvent. Get it?
Race rods are great, but you'll probably be quite happy with your 2s and 3s for a while. Race rods basically replace the 2 wraps. The weight difference for a full set of race rods vs. 2s is only 3.5 grams (80.5/77g). When/if you order up a full vent, it is possible to order just the sail! Or, see if you can upgrade to race rods and 120ft lines. You don't need duplicates of the rods/lines/handles you already own.
Welcome! Just got back from WSIKF myself. Yes, those sticks do go on the back, strange, eh? I put them on the front too, the first time. I did the same up up up and to the right and crash. Luckily a nice man came out and gently let me know where those sticks go, and he even ran out and fixed them for me himself. Turned out it was John Baressi, although I had no idea who he was at the time. Can you make it to the Lincoln City fall kite festival? Just come up and ask anyone for help. I'll be there.