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  1. WHOOP WHOOP! I have a new addition to my family, a beautiful autographed, ghost Dare to Dream EXP!
  2. Here is a link to their website, http://www.parahawking.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=152 and some stuff from their website, sounds neat. Parahawking is a fusion between Falconry and Paragliding. Falconry is a huntung sport where birds of prey are trained to hunt prey. Parahawking is different, our birds of prey are trained to fly with Paragliders and to guide them to the thermals. Parahawking also gives you a unique opportunity to interact with birds of prey in their own environment. Asia's vultures are in serious decline, in the last 15 years the numbers have dropped by a staggering 99.9% which equates to a loss of approx 40 million birds. This catastrophic decline is due to a veterinary drug called Diclofenac. This anti inflammatory drug is routinely administered to sick and dying livestock including cows and buffalo and has proven to be very effective in reducing pain and suffering. However, when the animal dies with Diclofenac still in it's system, the vultures that feed from the animal carcass will ingest remnants of the drug which is poisonous to them and kills them within 24 hours. Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that! Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction. We support vital Vulture conservation projects in Nepal, We donate 10 Euros from every Parahawking flight to Vulture conservations projects. For more detailed information go to: Vulture Rescue - www.vulturerescue.org Himalayan Raptor Rescue - www.himalayanraptorrescue.org
  3. The plan is for me to get a paramotoring setup next year, I'll have to fly over and visit you CJ. I think it would be super cool to fly with some birds like that!
  4. This made me think of you CJ.
  5. Towing a skate with a Rev is awesome, way to think outside the sail.
  6. I have yet to really fly with the crew, a min or two in Yachats when I took a break during the kite fest and some time practicing with Brett but that's about it. Is the name set in stone, I kinda think "The Free Agent sQuad" has a good ring to it. anyways, thanks once again for showing up to Yachats and wowing the crowd, I flew my newly completed 10 Bol' yesterday and the weather was exactly the same as the kite festival, I couldn't help but think of that day... such great memories.
  7. Yesterday the NYPD arrested over 500 people on the Brooklyn Bridge and shuttled them around the city for most of the night in city buses. Right now I am watching people from Spain explaining how they went about their revolution, I thank the world for helping us to change.
  8. There is an interesting social movement going on in New York. For over two weeks now Wall Street has been peacefully occupied by a large crowd of people protesting the financial practices that have brought upon this recession. The mainstream media has reported little to nothing of what is happening. Live video feed is streaming on http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks.
  9. Nice and shiney, looking good Walt.
  10. Thanks for the vids, I was out flying the other day and I thought of them so I tried an axel and I pulled it! I practiced for a bit and pulled quite a few thanks again for the inspiration.
  11. Glad to hear you had fun, practice practice practice and watch the Kitelife tutorials a lot. I love my EXP, I've had it for three months and while I would like a B I think that I still have a ways to go before I really need one. Equalizing your lines and making/buying adjustable leaders will make a huge difference in how your kite handles. I read all the threads and watched the tutorials but didn't do any of the changes until I flew with some people and I am glad I did, it helps.
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADvwA2dsfxM Some footage That Milo Graamans took of The Yachats Kite Fesival.
  13. I just wanted to extend all the thanks I have been getting from everyone. To everyone who came down to the Yachats Kite Festival the thank you's and statements of wonder and awe are pouring in, if you I missed anyone please tell me so they can get credit The Free Agent sQuad: Connor Doran Amy Doran Wayne Dowler Seth Dowler Katrina Null Kevin Vogel Anne Vogel Brett Howard Bri Howard Scott Abott Brett Morris Diane Morris Rick Winkle Ray Lee Lisa Root Bud Root Gordie Fry Rick Brown Mike Macdonald Large Kites and Ground Displays: Dale Ray Kelly Bruland Team Suspended Animation: Ray Hertz Ed Paulson
  14. You got my votes, that dragon kite is one of my favorites!
  15. What Great event! Thanks sooo much to everyone who came out and made the event what it was! I can see the bay from my building, ghost images of huge spinsocks, bouncing balls, kids big and little laughing and playing, a giant octopus, rev's in formation... I can't express my thanks to all the people that helped make a 22 year old dream come true!
  16. My top leaders are a 12" with 1/2" knots and my bottoms are 4' with 1/2 "spacing also, I usually have my bottoms on the last knot out and the tops move back and forth from 9 or 10 inches to the very end depending on how I feel. Sometimes for fun in high wind I put the bottoms back as far as I can with the tops all the way out. I finally put my lines on the stake and equalized them and the top lines are about 3" longer than the bottoms.
  17. I was reading through some old Kitelife:sign_kitelife: articles when I came across this and thought of you Cube. I don't know if there is video. http://www.kitelife.com/magazine/issue21/guildworks21/content.php
  18. I'd say Connor Doran was a good example of a soul flier, and I would describe his flying as soul flying. added: Soul flying is "gleaming the cube" haha another obscure term to define an obscure term Taken from the movie "Gleaming the Cube" "the cube Bryan... it's where you go when you let go."
  19. That is good to hear Mike! Ray Hertz and Ed Paulson of Team Suspended Animation will be staying at the Adobe too.
  20. I can get discount rooms for the festival, they are around $66. Rsvp me asap!
  21. There will be parking set aside for loading and unloading and such for people with gear. Hey Mike, I have some room in my backyard you can pitch a tent in but it's not very private. Amy and Connor and Katrina and Kelly are staying at the Adobe, all of the hotels are nice here. NEWS BREAK I can get rooms at the Adobe for around $66, rsvp as soon as possible for this rate!
  22. Hey Mike, I got your cards in my door. Bummer I missed you, looking forward to meeting you. There is always next year JB, besides you'll be at some other big event having fun with those guys! I can't believe this is so close to happening.
  23. Hey Wayne, there are going to be two possibly three fields if Team Suspended Animation comes set aside for approved members to fly in. CJ, we'll get you out here next year! I would like to have a dinner at the Drift Inn Friday night for everyone coming, please rsvp so I can reserve enough space.
  24. There are restaurants across the river, no food vendors at the site yet bringing food is not a bad idea but the local restaurants are good. All are welcome! This event is all about having fun, and I am looking forward to my first team fly! There will be a P.A. system so that we can have music and announcing for anybody that wants to do a demo.
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