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dragonfish last won the day on November 9 2015

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  1. And to prevent further confusion the travel frame is 10 rods because each one is half the length of a regular rod. So, when it's all put together, you end up with the same framing in the kite whether you're using a travel frame or not.
  2. I think makatakam meant Cath or Eliot at Flying Smiles. Theresa runs The Kite Shoppe out in Washington (state). She is also an excellent source for line sets.
  3. Yup, I would get the 4 wrap frame with the full vent as well. The race frame seems to overlap most with the 2 wrap, in terms of what winds people will use the frames in. As was mentioned above, the race frame responds differently from the 2 or 3 or 4 wrap. Many people like the race frame and will use that instead of the 2 wrap. A few (myself included) never got used to the race frame, so we will use the 2 wrap instead.
  4. I think there were a couple of moves I did that helped with the moonwalk. I started doing these moves as part of my competition choreography (i.e. practiced them a lot), and not intentionally as a way of learning the moonwalk, but after a while, I discovered that the moonwalk became much easier. One of the moves is an inverted side slide interspersed with some 360 degree tip rotations. Basically, start from the right side, slide left a quarter or however much you feel like of the wind window, and then fly/rotate (forward direction) around the leading tip. Once you get back to an inverted
  5. My solution is to tie a "knot" with the drawstring. A picture would probably help, but I forgot to take one, so let me try to explain. I'll add a picture later if I remember. Basically, I pull the draw string out as much as I can so the top of the bag is closed. Then treat the drawstring and the top of the bag as one rope. Tie an overhand knot. The length of the drawstring (at least on mine) is just perfect so that it goes all the way around the top of the bag and back underneath itself, with the knot holding the two ends of the drawstring together keeping the "knot" I just made from c
  6. Lessons from another flier will definitely speed up your learning curve by a lot and reduce initial frustration (if any). Once you get the hang of things, then by all means fly by yourself as much as you want. I get it. Sometimes I just want to ignore the rest of the world and fly a kite. There should be a few members on this forum from Australia. One is already on this thread. The ones I can think of are on the west coast, but maybe they know someone or can help you find someone near you to get you started on the right foot. Happy flying.
  7. Nice. Probably just a coincidence, but I couldn't help notice....white snow, grayish background, bright rainbow colored kite. Seems almost like those pictures that are purposely edited to be black and white except for one subject/color. Looks like fun flying in the snow, probably not in those temps though.
  8. Hi Jonathan, and welcome. I started with an EXP, so can't answer your first question. For light wind performance, there are framing options that are lighter than the 2 wrap frame. Rev has the diamond frame, or you can cut and assemble a frame from SkyShark P90 sticks. I think a lighter frame and pilot skill will make more of a difference in light winds than the difference in sail material between the EXP and B series. I got my EXP as a RTF package. It came with LPG 90# line, which is good line that many people use. I stil use that line set. My other line sets, purchased later, a
  9. dragonfish +1 (6) - Shook mesh 135% Exciting to see all these new Shook meshes people are getting. Can't wait to fly mine.
  10. I signed in to Facebook, and still can't see the pics. The links from this thread take me to a FB page that says "This content is currently unavailable". The link posted in the thread on Kitelife takes me to the Portland Area Kite Flyers group, which I'm not a member of, so I don't see any content there either. Can't find it on Wayne's timeline either. Edit: and I forget to say..... Congrats Wayne! Hope you had fun with it and continue to.
  11. I think 2 inch wide flat tails would be fine for a Rev if that's the width of the material you can get easily. Personally, I think 1 inch tails are a bit narrow on a Rev, but that could also be influenced by the length of the tail(s). From my limited understanding, if you hot cut, you don't have to hem, and vice versa. If someone with more experience making tails or building kites says something different, I would defer to them. Since you mentioned just buying a ready-made tail...off the top of my head, Gomberg Kites has lots of tails (scroll down toward the middle for the transition tai
  12. If you haven't already seen them, John Barresi has a series of Rev tutorials from beginner to advanced level. All of the beginner tutorials can be found via http://kitelife.com/forum/videos/category-19-quad-line/ . The full list of tutorials can be found at http://kitelife.com/forum/files/category/106-outdoor-quad-line/. You do need to be a KiteLife subscriber to download them from the second link, but supposedly they can be loaded onto a mobile device for (re)viewing on the field if desired. Good luck. And yes, Revs are quite different from dual line kites, and meeting with others wil
  13. Today, someone lent me a black race set to play with. (Previously, I had only flown with the black race frame briefly and on an OPK.) When he handed the sticks to me, I was surprised by how light they were. My first reaction was, are these lighter (in weight) than 2 wrap sticks? Based on this, I can see why Heino thought black race was for light wind only, but like others said it is not that fragile. I was surprised because I hadn't heard much about the black race frame being light, just that it responds differently from a 2 or 3 wrap frame. Just goes to show that you may find out more f
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