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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2014, 06:04 AM »

I wholeheartedly concur with all the previous comments, and want to ad my sincere gratitude for all who contribute here! And as for the "here", may it continue for a good long time. At least as long as kites are flying.......

Hip Hip Hurray,
Hip Hip Hurray,
Hip Hip Hurray,

Thanks so much Steve and Chris... Kiss

Who ever you are Wink

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« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2014, 06:20 AM »

Thanks Steve and Chris. For helping all new fliers by providing a place for them to ask questions, grow their skills and to share. Thanks for the guiding to fix the breaks that new fliers have and for the great service to get parts and kites to those fliers so they can get in the air.

My start in kites would have never happened if it wasn't for Gone With The Wind Kites and this forum.
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« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2014, 10:05 AM »

Steve and Chris get the Lazar Pro Gold Award from me as well. The forum, your knowledgeable service, kite selection, shipping expedience, and all around fun to deal with-ness will be greatly missed and reminisced fondly for years (perhaps eons) to come! I ALSO LOVED THE BLUE MOON WORKSHOP!!!

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« Reply #18 on: July 20, 2014, 12:08 PM »

long ago on a planet far far away ...
there was a guy (Dan) that ran a really, really popular online kite store (Gone With the Wind Kites) and wanted to get out of the business
He turned it over to his friends (Steve and Chris) that really didn't want to work for a giraffe any more
So December of 2001 they loaded up the GWTW store and Forum into a Ryder rental truck and moved it lock stock and ground stake to Chico (home of Sierra Nevada Beer)
The couple ran GWTW (some say into the ground) for quite a few years, along the way introducing North American kite flyers to a number of really cool kites (most notably some cutting edge kites from Europe and Blue Moon).
In January of 2013 the new guy (Steve) had a stroke and eventually he and the girl (Chris) closed up operation and moved to Orangevale to live with family.

hopefully happily ever after

And in that entire narrative, there was no mention of purple kites or TrickTails. 

I'm shocked I tell you.... simply shocked.   Huh Huh Huh

Let me fix that for you.

The Purple Kite Pile

Tricktails In Their Natural Environment

TrickTail Ultra Light

TrickTail UL doin' some 540's

Although some specimens have been known to prefer more wooded surroundings

TrickTail Feeling

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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2014, 08:24 PM »

And in that entire narrative, there was no mention of purple kites or TrickTails. 

I'm shocked I tell you.... simply shocked.   Huh Huh Huh

 Cheesy   One of the things I shared with Steve!  Grin

I first saw this thread soon after stapp posted but, since I was on the eastern slope visiting my kids and relegated to my phone, waited to post until returning home a short time ago. I apologize for the delay, Steve and Chris, but my thoughts are non-the-less sincere.

Yes, the end of an era, one that I was happy to be privileged to share. I learned so much from Steve, on the forum and during those phone chats I enjoyed, and from other forum members. I had the pleasure to visit the GWTW Chico digs for Kmac's second workshop with the Muse, and spent time in person with Steve, Chris and the group. I've met other forum members through forum activities, emails and, later, at festivals, OKR, Ft Worden and QISC to name just a few. Many ongoing friendships developed from the forum, and other members I hope to meet in the future (remember that stapp  Wink ).  Oh yeah, then there were the kites and I blame Steve entirely for my obsession.  Cheesy

So, while you may no longer be selling kites, Steve, I will always value the years that you did, the forum that you have provided us all, and the joy you brought to me and many others. My best wishes continue to be with you, Steve and Chris, and your families in whatever the future brings your way.

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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2014, 07:11 PM »

Thanks for putting this forum out here for all of us.  I'm quite sure my addiction to this hobby would not have taken quite such an extreme turn were it not for the easy procurement of "supplies" for the addict, readily and all too easily available on the swap meet . . . .

When you enjoy the threads about hiding "kite shaped boxes" that arrive on your porch from your spouse . . . . then you know the forum has done a great job with all kinds of advice.

Thanks again.  Read something on here (almost) daily (except when work gets in the way). 
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2014, 01:58 PM »

You probably don't know me... I'm relatively new to kiting and GWTW. But, I wanted to add my thanks for providing such an informative and much needed resource for the kite pilot in all of us.

For me and my passion for kites... Ray Bethell started it all with his video "Romancing The Wind". But you guys have kept the fire burning with GWTWForum.

The next round is on me.   Grin   

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« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2015, 01:48 PM »

Thanks Steve and Chris and Dan and Dave S... my kite life wouldn't have happened... you are all the best.

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