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  1. And yes, that sail has gotten stretched over the years from being flown in winds too strong for it, but as I said elsewhere: "You can fly, or you can sit around and watch others fly".
  2. At the time I didn't have one yet -- about 5 years ago.
  3. Yep. Perhaps we should just get back to the basics of kites. Build it to fly the best it can and that's it. If you want improvements and modifications go ahead and make them yourself. If all the improvements and modifications that some people want and need were all put on the same kite it would be too heavy to fly. But it would sure be durable. I say let it wear out and be replaced or repaired, but let it fly.
  4. When your 4-wrap in a vented looks like this you can drop the broken pieces of your race frame in the nearest garbage can on the way home. The curve in the leading edge is greater than it appears to be. The photo is taken from towards the front of the kite. Take a look at the curve in the uprights. I'll let you guys guess the wind speed and give you the numbers a bit later.
  5. Not if it's inside the LE sleeve.
  6. I fly inland wind, period. Rule of thumb here in the Chicago area is: Choose the sail for the lulls, choose the frame for the gusts. In other words, if the wind is averaging 10mph with lulls down to 2mph and gusts up to 30mph (yes, it does happen here, often) you put a 4-wrap frame, or a 2-wrap + 3-wrap, in a standard sail. Yes, it will stretch the sail prematurely, but do you want to fly or just sit there and watch? Obviously, when the wind isn't quite as crazy, you can bridge the gap with something a bit less extreme. And that's the beauty of it all. No two flyers will always use the same setup, but they will achieve the same result even though their flying styles differ. Experience allows one to tighten that gap between the extremes or go no holds barred depending on your intent. As JB says, "Fly with intent." We all have preferences and know the conditions in the areas we normally fly. The wind is deceptive and will make you or break you. Experience equals survival in unfamiliar conditions. Check out as many variations as possible so you can fly in any wind you encounter. So, to answer the original question: Yes, no, maybe. Don't become one-winded. Have fun, smile, and don't forget to breathe.
  7. Cool, Wayne. Great segment on indoor kite flying. Hope it gets a few people interested.
  8. I would lean towards the race frame also, in either the green or the black. However, at this point in time, you will neither be able to tell the difference between those two and the 2-wrap, nor will you be able to use any of their properties to your advantage. They will not make you instantly better, or what you are learning easier. You may best served by holding off getting any of those until you begin gaining advanced control of the kite. They will literally do nothing discernible for you until you have a couple hundred hours of experience. Get the vented kite, and the green race if it comes as a two-frame package. It is nice to have an extra frame in case you introduce the kite to the ground rapidly. Otherwise, just get the 4-wrap frame, and save the money for an SUL kite which will come with a 2-wrap in most cases, and allow you to fly in near zero wind once you have gained enough experience. Did I mention that experience will help a lot, both in flying and deciding which frames will best suit the wind conditions in your area and your flying style? Oh, yeah, flying style will make a difference too. Just saying, don't rush to buy lots of equipment now that you may not use later. Put the money into extra lines and better handles for now. Each kite you buy will come with a frame that you will use 95% of the time for that kite's wind range. Of course, if you're an equipment junkie like me, just get three of everything out there.
  9. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, or should I say "Go Fly A Kite"?
  10. You might consider adding the Reflex and Reflex1.5 to the header.
  11. That is NICE! Good choice.
  12. Once you can fly concrete, Icarex is child's play.
  13. I heard the same -- nothing concrete yet.
  14. You're insane! I can't wait to see the video. Hurry up, please. Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
  15. You might try Mike Kory. Just a thought.
  16. Definitely get together with the guys who regularly fly at Dunstable Downs. Their experienced advice will help you learn more quickly. We have all been through the same learning process -- which really never ends -- and those folks will get you to the point you would achieve in a year on your own in a couple or three outings. Plus it's not as boring as flying alone.
  17. Launching in the upright position is more difficult when using a lot of brake, when you are not used to it. You will get used to it. Again, time on the lines. There's no substitute for it yet. Watch the JB tutorials and you'll realize the step back and double pump he teaches for low wind is what you will use in normal conditions with lots of brake. Once the kite is in the air everything is close to normal with the exception of the upright hover, which now requires some backing up and/or pumping to hold, depending on wind conditions. Each time you fly will be different. The wind is never exactly the same. Actually, in very low wind conditions, you want to max the amount of brake. This brings the sail square to the wind and equates to more pressure in the sail. More pressure equals more lift. Sounds totally counter-intuitive but actually works.
  18. You're doing fine. By listening to the wind in your video I can tell that you have the same kind of crappy, gusty, direction-changing wind we have here in the Midwest in the US. The difficult conditions will make you a better pilot in the long run. When you get a chance to fly in some consistent wind it will be sooooo easy. Try one or two knots more brake. This will allow you to ease up a bit on the angle you need to hold the handles at to maintain altitude while inverted. Less effort allows you to relax your grip and the amount of muscle tension to hold your hands in position. In the wind you had a vented kite would have helped tremendously with holding it steady, especially in bumpy wind. The venting nullifies a sizable portion of the buffeting by letting the lumps pass through instead of pushing on the sail. Again, more time on the lines will make your muscles work almost automatically to make small adjustments. Just get out and fly as often as possible. Take frequent breaks. Fly 20-30 minutes, then take a 10-minute break. Fly to the top of the window, turn over and fly down as slowly as possible. When the kite is moving slowly it is more stable, even in lumpy wind, and will speed up the muscle-memory process. Definitely add some brake; it will make a big difference. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
  19. Yes, in theory. In reality, your lines will touch and slide across each other. The amount of friction this causes is insignificant until you have more than five wraps in the lines, unless you are using old worn out or dirty lines. When the lines begin to bind, control becomes more difficult, each wrap adding a touch more friction to the equation, until they bind completely and will no longer slide past each other without major effort. This happens earlier with more pull on the lines in stronger winds.
  20. That's why I'm usually the last one off the field. When everyone else leaves the wind gets sweeeet. Plus, I get to tell them how nice it got right after they left the next time I see them -- and that's even sweeeeeter.
  21. Just plan to do something else on any particular day and the wind will be blowing on that day. Just make sure it's nothing you have to show up for so you can change your plans immediately and go fly. Of course, as soon as you get to the flying field the wind will stop. Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!
  22. 14 is the right number to have. You can send the 3 extras to me. Wait, that would give me 16. Ok, 1 to me and 2 to someone else. Of course, you're probably not counting TK's or Luca's kites. How many does Luca have? You should begin planning for his kite education right away. Never too early to start the collection.
  23. Also, loosen up your grip on the handles. The death grip isn't necessary, just tight enough so the wind doesn't take the kite away from you. Think of it as holding a baby bird as opposed to strangling a snake.
  24. Yep, it's all time on the lines. You are beginning to make minute adjustments in response to what you feel instead of what you see. Once you see it, it has already happened. The control comes when you can feel what is about to happen and correct for the inconsistency in pressure before it moves the kite. Smooth wind helps dramatically, and minimizes the amount of adjustment necessary. If the wind is particularly strong and gusty it won't give you enough time, so the kite will wobble a bit. When you stop having to think about it your mind will begin making adjustments automatically and stability becomes instinctive. Try "jiggling" the bottoms of the handles for even more control. See JB's tutorials on hovers. He mentions "waggling" the handles in one or more of them. It's definitely a journey. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
  25. Occasionally, the guys with the answers get their eyes opened to new things by those who ask the questions. It's never too late to change one's perspective.
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