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Title: Kite Zen
Post by: oyehut1955 on March 20, 2009, 11:33 PM
I found mine today with the MojoUL.. a gorgeous sunset fly..  had the beach almost to myself with a slight breeze right out of the west..  Winter has been really rough here this year and flying has been few and far between..  SKb sent me some new music and between the wind, sunset over the ocean and the most wonderful kite I felt like i was on some sort of high..

So whats your kite zen look like? :P


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: mikenchico on March 21, 2009, 03:22 AM
Just like that, but it's a 12 hour drive up there for us so we chant our ooommm...'s and do with what we have.



Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: randyg on March 21, 2009, 06:07 AM

So whats your kite zen look like? :P
Actually getting to fly?


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: st3307 on March 21, 2009, 06:40 AM
  my kite  zen  is  going flying  and  not    hear  any thing  but    soft  whisper  of  the  wind  and the  stress  going  right  out the  lines  as  the   sun set   off  in the West.   then  I leave  the  feild  and  the  Zen  is  gone  lol life  goes  on  ;D


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: Tom P on March 21, 2009, 09:51 AM

 :) After work, yesterday, i went flying for a little while.  Nobody was around.  There was a big hawk nearby that was involved with getting his next meal; he wasn't very apprehensive about me it seemed... and when he obtained his dinner he carried it to a distant tree.  The winds were very low at first, but then they became better.  i left my MP3 Player at home... but the natural sounds more than made up for it! It was a Friday... and i knew that i'd be flying the next day... which i will be.  It was a splendid hour and a half!


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: pfouts on March 21, 2009, 07:57 PM
i left my MP3 Player at home... but the natural sounds more than made up for it!

Amen!  No Zen with MP3!  Just the sound of nature ...   8)


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: DaveH on March 21, 2009, 08:21 PM
agreed. Nature makes its own music.


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: tpatter on March 21, 2009, 08:37 PM
Today on Kite Hill for 2.5 hours with a Fearless SUL in 3-4 mph of smooth wind - sun, few people, and no dogs.  I think I may have seen god at some point!  :)

I did have the iPod playing, usually its indie pop/electronica, but today it was classical.  Nothing like doing tricks in light wind to the sweet sound of Beethoven.


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: kairusan on March 21, 2009, 08:57 PM
The closest I've come to True Kite Zen has to be when I first figured out how to fly my Rev. Having been a dual-liner for like 20 years, trying to learn to fly quad was extremely tough; had to constantly wrestle my cerebellum in order to avoid stalling the kite out and smacking into the ground like I was 10 years old all over again, struggling to keep my TOTL Spinoff in the air for more than 15 seconds.

Then, on my third time out, about 10 minutes into a nice late afternoon flying session in excellent wind on my favorite field, it all just clicked into place all of a sudden. Like one moment, I was battling against my muscle memory and losing horribly, and the next, I was totally in the zone, effortlessly doing razor-sharp 90-degree turns with a casual wrist-flick, side-sliding like I knew what I was doing, and so on. No really uber moves, of course, but still -- control -- I could control the thing. Without even thinking about it.

It was pure magic. I got a tingly feeling all over like I get when listening to a particularly sublime piece of music for the first time in many years. A high that simply cannot be artificially produced, because it's physical, mental, and spiritual (and I'm a quasi-atheist, so that last part's pretty awesome for me).

Hasn't happened again since, not even when I learned how to do an inverted hover. But the memory of it is not too small a portion of what makes me continually obsessed with flying Revs.  8)


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: lylenc on March 21, 2009, 09:06 PM
Spent three hours on my SSZ today. First sustained flying time on it since I bought it. It's more snappy than the Zerostar and only a hair less floaty. Did backspin cascades on the SSZ, with 3-times reversing each direction. Pulled that off several times.  ;D Zen! Prior best was several one-time reversing backspin cascades each direction on a Deep Space, with lots of attempts to get those.

SSZ handled gusts and shifting winds well. It is a nice addition to my flying options for a summer full of light and variable wind days. Zen!  8)


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: DaveH on March 22, 2009, 06:54 AM
My kite zen experience involved a rev also, in 1992.  I took a temporary job in a kite shop on Clearwater beach in Florida. My first day I bought a Rev ll, and after work headed to the beach to try it out. All day between customers I had been watching the vid, practicing the moves for basic turns with the handles.  After a time of frustration, just as the sun was setting, I got it.  I could launch, fly and turn. Moment by moment things began to make sense. Then I realized the air was warm, there was a live band playing on the beach and the palm trees were waving in the evening sea breeze.


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: lylenc on March 22, 2009, 05:05 PM
My all-time best Zen moment was with a Rev II, also. It's that kind of kite! Glad to read it's done the same for at least three of us.

The inverted hover wasn't in my bag at the time, but I had the rest of the basics under moderate control. D River Park at Lincoln City was packed all the way to the Best Western, so I set-up there.

After about three or four hours of non-stop flying, the peripheral vision was gone, awareness of the surroundings was gone, and only the ocean sounds entered my consciousness. It was just the kite, sky, sand, ocean, and me in my little world. As the sun was setting, I snapped out of the trance. It was shocking to realize I was still on the beach with people wandering around.


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: Tom P on March 22, 2009, 06:46 PM
i left my MP3 Player at home... but the natural sounds more than made up for it!

Amen!  No Zen with MP3!  Just the sound of nature ...   8)


Well, i don't think that it's necessarily correct to say when a Zen moment can (or cannot be).  It depends on a lot of unknown variables (and possible non-variables), including the integrity of the mind and feeling the measureless mystery that's there (even among man-made things).  Insight can occur if one goes beyond the dead masses.

Today, for example,  the winds were very high, but i was still flying (while listening to the MP3 player); it was fantastic! :)  One of the songs reminded me of a time when i almost drowned, late one evening, in very icy waters while no one else was around... i barely made it; it helped me to be very appreciative of today's experience.



Lyrics from Rush:

Sweet Miracle


I wasn't walking on water
I was standing on a reef
When the tide came in
Swept beneath the surface
Lost without a trace
No hope at all
No hope at all

Oh, sweet miracle
Oh, sweet miracle
Of life

I wasn't walking with angels
I was talking to myself
Rising up to the surface
Raging against the night
Starless night

Oh, sweet miracle
Love's sweet miracle
Oh, sweet miracle
Of life

I wasn't praying for magic
I was hiding in plain sight
Rising up from the surface
To fly into the light


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: Allen Carter on March 22, 2009, 07:31 PM
Here's a cut and paste of part of an article called "Unforgettables" I wrote for our local club newsletter in 2000. This kite has given me more moments of Zen over the years than any other.   :)



Moondance

   A few weeks ago I left work a little early and headed over to Shoreline to get some flying time before dark. I had recently fallen completely, head over heels, in love with my new PBSK Stiletto. It's easily the most fun all-around kite I've flown. My custom Stiletto is very unusual looking. The all black sail has a striking center pattern in white called the "Tribal Shield". Sunlight coming through the white area accentuates the contrast of the overall design.

   The late afternoon wind was very light, and I found myself amazed by how well the Stiletto held on to the sky. One of my goals for the next few months is to learn some tricks, so I spent the next hour or so completely wrapped up in shaky 540s and sloppy flick-flacks.  Before I knew it the sun was on it's way and I was kinda burnt out on all the repetitive practice. The wind was light but very smooth, so I started to fly the Stiletto like one of my big ballet kites. Slow, graceful patterns and long delicious stalls were moving me into the state I call "kite bliss". Absolute end of the day relaxation.

By this time the sun was long gone and I was flying against a multicolored, slowly changing sky. The black kite was mesmerizing with it's white graphics glowing in the fading light.  At some point I noticed the nearly full moon up there towards the left side of the wind window. As the kite passed over it I had a fleeting glimpse of the moonlight through the sail. I brought the kite back around and tried a stall right on top of the moon. Not as easy as I thought, given the lack of wind and the height of the target. The kite would stall above or to the side of the moon and slip slowly by. As the sky darkened, the kite seemed to glow then fade in it's slow motion dance across the moon.

This is one of those “Unforgettables” that's hard to describe. Try a moondance sometime yourself.




Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: oyehut1955 on March 22, 2009, 07:48 PM
that was a great read Allen..  I was almost there with you..

We got to fly again yesterday..  wind out of the east but still nice..  just enough to keep a std in the air.

I am so glad to heat that it's possible to learn how to fly revs after flying nothing but dualies..  I want to learn this summer..  I have one just waiting to get in the air..  i am a bit intimidated by it


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: mikenchico on March 23, 2009, 12:05 AM
Well I'd go 3rd or 4th on the Zen with a Rev 2. Anytime you fly it with amplified music (I hate earphones) is a moment, funnest kite to just dance to the beat with IMO.



Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: Tom P on March 23, 2009, 07:27 PM
that was a great read Allen..  I was almost there with you..

We got to fly again yesterday..  wind out of the east but still nice..  just enough to keep a std in the air.

I am so glad to heat that it's possible to learn how to fly revs after flying nothing but dualies..  I want to learn this summer..  I have one just waiting to get in the air..  i am a bit intimidated by it

i learned to fly revs after flying nothing but dualies.  It's not that difficult at all really.  At first you may be moving your arms back and forth a bit; just remind yourself not to do that; it's all in your wrists (mostly)... though there is back and forth movement later when you fine-tune things.  i rarely fly my revs any more... but plan to later on when i have more time.  Right now, with limited time, i am exclusively flying dualies... which is just a preferential thing.



Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: ko on March 24, 2009, 05:09 PM
sunny and warm at the beach today winds out of the west which in my case is onshore. 2-3mph of super smooth breeze flew the ozone that kite has helium in it somewhere the time just flew by i did not have a care in the world aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! did i mention the spring break kids sunning around? my only distraction   KO


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: adx1592 on April 04, 2009, 06:12 AM
kite zen, hrmn.
Sunset flys, lightwinds, Floaty tricks, and "Augusts Rhapsody in C Major" from August Rush (the slow sections of the piece) make for a great flight session. If you guys havent heard the piece, look it up on Itunes! Its some good flying music, in my opinion.  :)


Title: Re: Kite Zen
Post by: oyehut1955 on April 05, 2009, 10:13 PM
I got more of that Zen today and it just keeps getting better..  I actually made it to the beach twice today..  earlier the wind was out of the east and being the wind snob that i am i could only stand it for a hour or so..  but I had the perfect kite.. the Mantis Dark Moonie and a 100ft tube behind it..  now this and some good music make for a pretty wonderful fly..

I went back to the beach at 3:30..  the wind had switched around out of the west and dropped..  the tide was out and it was time for sweetness!

I hope you all got to fly something this weekend!