I get nice comments all the time, but I find that, except for the most interested, they watch perhaps 5 minutes and move on.
Most asked questions:
- how long has it taken you to be able to do that?
- how much does a kite like that cost?
- where can get a kite like that?
Many lose interest when I tell them that my kite is $300-450, but that you can get a very good kite for $150 and a starter for around $50. I always recommend the Silver Fox line to new folks that can at least keep the kite in the air.
The truly hooked (like most of us here) will talk to me for over an hour and I have many times seen them weeks later with their own kites on the field. An much smaller number become regulars that I meet on the field very frequently.
I wish that I had some cheap dual lines that flew really well to give to kids. I gave my RockON to a kid and his dad last year and they had a blast. I've seen soo many kids I see trying to fly some behemoth that likely will not fly well in any wind. If the parents are around and ok with it, then I'll try to help them out or let them try one of my kites. I need to buy a few Beetles that I can just give away if the flyer shows a significant interest.
Anyhow, I get the point of this thread - particularly when I am 'showing off' for someone I try to keep the flying slow, clean, and understandable. Many advanced tricks are wasted and you don't want to be crashing either. I mean, most of uninitiated would not know the difference between an axel and a taz. 2 point landings, fades, flick flacks, precision, half axels, backspins, and yo-yos everyone seems to get. Old school is a good school!