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« on: August 24, 2013, 07:42 PM »

Just picked up my first two kites last week (see title) and was finally down in sea isle city, NJ to try them out today! I flew some type of foil about ten years ago down the Jersey shore and had a blast so now at age 30 and with some disposable income I figured why not try this sport out?! (fyi I'm 5'9" 160# athletic runner build)

Anyways it was pretty windy on the beach and lots of people so I decided to take the quantum over to soccer fields around noon. My weather app said 8 to 14mph winds, the beach was actually so windy it wasn't even enjoyable, sand flying everywhere. The field was slightly turbulent/gusty but I had a blast! In the middle of the wind window I got some fairly serious pull, made me take a few steps forward. Got loops, turns, decent control and close to ground fly bys down, only a few medium speed crashes, nothing broken, rods came unlodged a few times, no big deal, thankfully. Tried to side slide (real name?) and do other stuff but maybe the wind was too strong and gusty? I could only really "work" the the kite to the extreme side of the wind window where it would sort of flutter/dance/float.

So my first impressions, how the hell do you people make the kites dance like I see on YouTube!? My hats are off! I thought this was going to be easy! I do think the wind was too much tho bc in the side of the window I could start to see some magic. Also the Kite was really loud and whistle-ie, much louder than expected!

I was scared to try the 2.5m 2 line prism speed foil, would I have been ok? Does it pull harder than a prism quantum delta? Should I get a control bar with Kite killers? Am I a wuss?

All in all, I'm hooked, new reason to drive to the beach, like I needed one anyways!

PS from Cherry Hill, NJ maybe thinking the Riverwinds Complex next to the Delaware river might have some good wind and would be closer to home? Any locals?

PPS also saw a kiteboarder later in the day, the other reason I'm trying to learn to control these crazy pieces of fabric (and why I got the four line convertible speed foil) ! Looks like so much fun and so much more dangerous! Baby steps...

Thanks for listening, no more lurching for me, I'm here to stay!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 09:37 PM »

Hello!

Welcome to the addictive world of stunt kites Smiley

I have one word for you : Practice!

That and it sounds like the wind was far too strong for learning - I've been flying for 6 months now and still have a LOT to learn!!!

I have a SuperFly and am only just realizing that the appropriate wind for learning on that is at 15km (7mph)

Also - I recommend the stickies section of the Prism Kite forum - especially Conceptual Kiting as well as the side slide tute

Good luck and make sure you talk to other fliers who will help you develop tricks - the DPMama vids on YouTube are helpful
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 02:33 AM »

Welcome to the Forum.

Ideally the best way to learn to fly is with others. Hopefully there is a local club. Festivals are good places to meet flyers. Local kite stores, are often good resources, to find out what is happening in your area.

Videos are a good references. Quality videos such as RandyG or Dpmama's can be found on KiteClique.

The owner of the forum use to jokingly call himself "A line tension specialist".  The goal is to be able to see and feel what the kite is doing at the end of the lines, and give the appropriate inputs.  That takes experience, which means practice.

One of the keys to tricking a kite, is being able to stall it. That where the kite is not moving up, nor down, but is staying in place. Taking off and landing is a good exercise. Flying a kite in a straight line, as slow as possible is another good exercise.

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2013, 03:28 AM »

Welcome to the forum.  You will find lots of good information here.

 

I was scared to try the 2.5m 2 line prism speed foil, would I have been ok? Does it pull harder than a prism quantum delta? Should I get a control bar with Kite killers? Am I a wuss?


You are not a wuss.  That was common sense telling you not put up the speed foil.  It has much more pull and been harder to control than your Quantum.  Wait for lower winds to launch that kite.
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2013, 05:50 AM »

the Quantum is a very fun kite and pretty darn bullet proof  Wink I flew mine the other day on 65' lines during a pretty windy day and had a blast with it ,, it had some pretty serious pull causing me to take many steps forward  Grin its also a kite in which I'm not afraid to let others try, I let some people at the beach fly it the other day and they loved it too  Wink have fun with those kites ,, its certainly an addiction,, now you'll be cruising the sponsors to the right looking for higher end kites  Cheesy check the Sky Burner line,, wonderful stuff there !!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013, 02:26 PM »

Thanks everybody!

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