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« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2016, 06:04 AM »

My 1st was also a Skynasaur Aerobat from Klig's Kites in Myrtle Beach. They had a little store right at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. I would always take off there as a kid to watch them fly. They always had someone from the store on the beach flying. I remember the 1st time I saw them flying a Hawaiian Spinoff with the sound and how it looked I knew I had to have one. Back then on higher end kites you bought the string and handles separate with the line costing as much as some of the kites. I literally saved so the following year on vacation I could buy one. I remember counting down the days. We got to the beach and I took off to see Bruce Kligman at the store. I bought a Neon Green with purple and Blue Stripes Spinoff (no standoffs) with 150lb spectra line and big red and blue plastic handles. He took it out of the bag got the lines and we headed out on to the beach. Also back then you had to stretch the line and adjust the length several times to get it even. He adjusted everything and handed me the handles I was hooked.  I went back to where we were staying and I was king of the beach flying everyday at low tide. Several hundred dollars later in kites I still have a Spinoff in the kite bag.  Even today with all the technology put into kites it's still fun to put it in the air on a windy day to hear the noise and feel the pull of it. I know stupid story but that was 30+ years ago and still remember the anticipation and excitement waiting to get this kite like it was yesterday. And speaking of yesterday while searching here I was able to find it's big brother a TOTL Hawaiian Team Kite. And thanks to Charles G. I should have it soon. The excitement and anticipation begins once again !
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« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2016, 07:48 AM »

My 1st was also a Skynasaur Aerobat from Klig's Kites in Myrtle Beach. They had a little store right at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. ........ Back then on higher end kites you bought the string and handles separate with the line costing as much as some of the kites. I literally saved so the following year on vacation I could buy one.......... I know stupid story but that was 30+ years ago and still remember the anticipation and excitement waiting to get this kite like it was yesterday......
I had a similar experience with the Klig brothers store on the Pavilion introducing me to the world of sportkites.  I had to save & anticipate the acquisition also.  Back when I was making four bucks an hour the cost of a decent kite, lines & handles represented well over a weeks worth of pay.  Not a stupid story at all. For me those times are a great memory I think about every time I fly.  Life has been kind to me & many more kites followed but ah what a time that was.   SHBKF
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« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2016, 11:20 PM »

Chicago Fire Firefly... Re-framed it years later in Skyshark 5P tapered and changed to a turbo bridle. In a solid 10 mph, that thing would spin so fast it was literally a blur.  What a racket it made!
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« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2016, 07:54 PM »

Home-made 6-ft stick and tissue standard box kite. Had to splice the long dowels to make them that long. Flew as stable as you could imagine, pulled like a horse.
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