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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. From the album: dragonfish's kites

    Sorry for the blurry picture. It's hard to fly and take pictures at the same time.
  9. 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
  10. dragonfish +1 (6) - Shook mesh 135% Exciting to see all these new Shook meshes people are getting. Can't wait to fly mine.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 135% Shook mesh ...well, you asked what would I buy... That's next on my list, and it's not on yours, so I think it's an appropriate answer.
  16. Someone I fly with has some Climax line. Not sure if what he has is called Profiline or something else. His line is red/orange. The one you linked to is yellow, so no idea if the same or not. I'm leaning towards not, since he's also mentioned something about that line not being made anymore (or perhaps just the 90# variety not being made?). Whatever it is that he has, he does like it, and he has used it while flying with others using LPG and possibly also Skybond. I agree with Mark. They might also be able to help you find a source of bulk line.
  17. Stepping back helps keep the kite moving up without moving your hands, thus keeping the kite more steady. Stepping forward when there's enough (or a lot of) wind helps take some of the pressure off so you don't have to fight the wind as much, also steadying your hands. For me, the windier it is, the harder it is to rise inverted and the harder I have to push down with my thumbs. Sounds like the OP is feeling the same. The wing tip flip means you've pushed too hard. The way I see it, walking forward means you're slightly reducing the wind speed relative to the kite, which means you don't h
  18. Hi there, Welcome. Hope you see this in time. Definitely come to the Learn to Fly Workshop in Berkeley tomorrow (Aug. 9) 10am to 4pm-ish. I fly with the Bay Area Sport Kite League (the organization running the workshop), and will be there. You will definitely find people there who will be glad to teach you how to fly and "pushing their handles into your hands" as Tmadz says. I know a few people who regularly fly at Shoreline. I think at least one of them will be there tomorrow as well, so you can ask him about winds and what kite he likes to fly or flies most often to get a better idea
  19. Thanks Mark. Yup, I go by dragonfish on all the kite forums that I'm on, as you may have already noticed.
  20. I also started with an EXP. Two years later, I got a full vent B-series. You won't regret that choice. Now I have more kites, but if I had to pick only two, I would pick standard sail and full vent. Gives the widest overall wind range, IMO.
  21. Oh yea, I remember those days too. I still remember one BASKL clinic back when I only had my EXP. The wind was picking up as the day went on, as per the usual weather pattern. By mid afternoon, most people had vented kites out, and someone said to me something like, "I'm surprised you're still flying that." My reply was, "I've only got one kite!" Gotta make what you have work when you don't have options. I can see stretch marks on that kite now, but yup, it still flies and it's still in my bag. In fact, there's another BASKL clinic tomorrow and it's going to be my teaching kite for othe
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