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 on: December 06, 2016, 06:40 AM 
Started by Charles G - Last post by Trip
Beautiful kite, Charles. Don't blame you for hanging on to that one.   Smiley Smiley

 on: December 06, 2016, 05:37 AM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by thief
I would not discount climbing gear...BUT...there is always the worry that if a line or anchor breaks there is the concern of a chunk of metal flying down the area...the same goes for any anchor setup ...if it releases what happens? does the line and kite just drop to the ground safely? will a Large Delta Conyne lifting 10 medium pieces of line laundry fly across Narragansett Bay towards long island (real life situation there)? will it create a giant tangle with everything else around it?

If you are ever concerned about the strength of your rig reassess your setup and see if you can do a second anchor in some way as a backup.
a good read if you have not found it is: and Gombie has a bunch of FAQs that adress' anchoring kites here:

 on: December 05, 2016, 07:50 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by dayhiker
Recently I was at Surfside Beach SC while the county was rebuilding the beach in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew.  I was flying mostly dualies & quads but did set up one small SLK.  The storm had nearly leveled the dunes also destroying the near by Surfside Pier.  Heavy construction equipment pulled sand up from the low tide area building up the dunes and making a bench of sand about 70' wide.  One of the last steps was to set the rip rap back in place along the front of the dunes.  I believe they are going to follow up with a dredging operation to move more sand closer to shore to build up the tourist beach.  I decided that previous anchors to the steps & rails along the dunes was not necessarily the best way to tie off SLK's.  But the larger rip rap boulders could easily be used as very effective anchors with rock climbing web slings & carabiners.  You could safely walk along the face of the dunes without interfering with other beach users when it came time to bring the kite down. Anyway, that's what I plan to try next time.  SHBKF

 on: December 05, 2016, 07:40 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by Jsc2501
Moved up on a job transfer. 1st year for me. Came across a Dodd G video on YouTube and just had to try.

Went to the show st Newport this year and that sealed the deal. I try and fly 3 or 4 times a week.

 on: December 05, 2016, 07:11 PM 
Started by OCPablo - Last post by Controlled Crash
My bad.. I mean once you have your line rolled up onto the spool, what is a good way to secure that line.  I have tried a couple of ways but all I end up with are a bunch of spools with lose line all messed up.  Just looking to keep things organized.

I understand now. I do something similar to what Fly Mart mentioned when it comes to halo spools. I buy 1/8" elastic cord(My local store sells it by the foot). With all the line on the spool, I take the cord and wrap it around the line in the winder so it is snug, slightly stretched, and pinch it together. At that point, I take it off the winder and I tie an overhand knot in the elastic cord at that spot. I leave enough length on the end to be able to tie another overhand knot about an inch or so out from the first knot, then I cut off the rest of the elastic cord(make the ends even). It should look like the outline of a round balloon, one knot where you would tie the balloon once it's inflated and another knot where you would blow up the balloon.
I used to melt the ends together so they wouldn't fray, but that gives off some nasty fumes, so now I dip the tips in Gorilla Glue. I take the loop on the end of the kite line on the halo spool and larkshead it between the two knots in the elastic cord. This allows me to add a bit of tension to the line to keep it from coming unraveled while on the halo winder(which is why I slightly stretch the elastic cord). 

I should be clear about the extension cord winders I use. I do not unwind and wind up the line while the kite is flying...unless the line is going through a Figure 8 attached to an anchor. They would probably fall apart trying to reel in a big sled or foil. I walk my big kites up and down while the line is anchored.

I use a lot of climbing grade equipment when flying. Figure 8's are great if you know how to use them, not that they are difficult to use. The main thing is to tie the line off correctly. If you don't, the kite may pull all the line through the Figure 8. There are many great Youtube videos that show their correct usage. I use the method found on the Gomberg website to tie off lines to carabiners.

I double check my anchors then I check them again. 

My rule for any anchor that I use- The kite line is the weakest link, no exceptions.

 on: December 05, 2016, 07:00 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by thief
found Brenton Point yet?
Welcome to Mass!
What brought you up this way? were you flying before you got here?

 on: December 05, 2016, 05:51 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by Jsc2501
Transplant from New York but in FR now

 on: December 05, 2016, 05:38 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by thief
Colt State Park in Bristol RI. Right on Narragansett bay. It truly is a perfect place to fly.
You from FR? Dartmouth? Westport? Colt state was my local (walk to spot) for many years....

 on: December 05, 2016, 05:35 PM 
Started by ZekeII - Last post by thief
From this time period there was not much cross over from RI kite groups and the rest of the world's Tongue

 on: December 05, 2016, 05:08 PM 
Started by Jsc2501 - Last post by Jsc2501
Thank you.

I have been very fortunate that some outstanding pilots have taken the time to help me. I am so hooked. Long periods of struggle and all of a sudden it clicks. I have to admit that some days my timing seems spot on and everything flows. Then there are days that every input seems a fraction of a second off and I'm flying with 2 left hands.

Today was a very good day. I have been trying to learn the 540. After weeks of trying and failing I hit one. I could feel it, the tension on the lines at just the right moment, inputs with hands and feet moving in the right direction.  OMG, the kite did exactly what I asked it to. A complete and total moral and coordination victory. It makes sense, it feels right and I can do it again and again. I'm standing in the middle of this field with no one in sight freezing my butt off, fingers and ears numb and I am on top of the world. I'm sure this is a second nature trick for most here on this forum, but for me, for today, I won the super bowl. Didn't hit the Taz today but I will tomorrow, or the day after or maybe next week but I will get it.

Yah, I'm hook!

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