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« on: August 17, 2014, 08:53 PM »

It was so hot that my camera overheated twice on me. Still the heat didn't stop me from flying my kites.


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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 10:11 PM »

Thanks for posting Jorge!

I've been enjoying the SUL version lately - very fun.
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 05:39 AM »

Never flown a stunt kite in Florida but played around 300 rounds of golf ... early in the Morning from 7-9:30 AM (hopefully finishing before 11AM) in the Summer ... Palm Coast, Florida. Do you fly v.early in the morning or after 8PM at all in the Summer? I guess the question is ... do you only? ...  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 04:50 PM »

Never flown a stunt kite in Florida but played around 300 rounds of golf ... early in the Morning from 7-9:30 AM (hopefully finishing before 11AM) in the Summer ... Palm Coast, Florida. Do you fly v.early in the morning or after 8PM at all in the Summer? I guess the question is ... do you only? ...  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

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I prefer after 8PM when is not raining. (I try to fly as much possible after work). on Weekends I like to go from 8-10 AM and also The park I like to go is illuminated at night. So I actually can stay up to around 11:00 PM. flying my kites. 

The earliest I've flown my kites was when I went to Treasure Island This Year, I woke up at 5:30 AM and was flying my kites at 6:00 AM.


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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 06:42 PM »

You do have the advantage of flying all year ... I stop between November - February and don't frequent the beach till April consistently ... when I first bought a beach house I went out at 6AM sunrise ... its a good feeling flying from virtually no winds to 10 mph and working through your kite bag.
The best flying zone in AP is a place called Dog Beach where dogs have to leave at 8:30AM ... Its interesting with a beach of 100 dogs although most pack in on their side 100 yards away ... with time I just show up now-a-days at 8AM. I do fly occasionally near my place at night with east winds and the lights on the boardwalk are sufficient ... 

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 07:41 PM »

Hi asburyparkjohn:

I noticed that most of your kites are UL SUL and SSUL. except The Atelier Transfer xt.z and The Benson Gemini.

I Have:

Atelier Transfer xt.r Std.
Lam Hoac's ATM  SUL
Sky Burner Aura UL
SkyBurner Solus UL
FlyingWings AirWave Zero (Indoor)
FlyingWings Duende 2.2 Std.
FlyingWings Duende 2.2 UL.
Premier Widow NG
Premier Wolf NG
NTK French Connection 2 UL
Eolo Over
 
I Have them sorted in 2 kite bags. one for high wind kites and another the low wind kites. My favorite winds conditions are for low winds 2-4 MPH for Higher winds 5-10 mph.

For winds over 10 mph I have some old school kites like the Hurricane Stack (6 kites) and a Hawaiian Team Kite Love to fly them with long lines. but I don't fly them very often. I'm more into doing tricks with my kites.

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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 03:04 AM »

My bag actually is a bit deeper per se than that ... a Ct. master flyer once said in some ways you really only need two kites ... many people jump from one kite to the next and EACH is a new learning curve ... to excel in tricks stay with one model and know it inside/out. This could be a year ... EASILY. Kite jumping or having six different stunt kite models IMO is a negative. Of course when you are at the point at being able to pull off a comete all the way down to a half axel then do what you want and/or if you are still searching but if your struggling with only a few tricks ... kite jumping EVERY YEAR to a new brand is an issue ... IMO ... actually a PROBLEM  Embarrassed.
I keep the xt.z since it was a recommendation way back from a Master Pilot who said to me this kite just LOVES HIGH WIND ONLY ... seems so ... has Turbo rods, etc ... it does the job in 10-20 mph winds ...

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 05:30 AM »

I lived in Hollywood Florida for 10 years, and while it is hot, the summer heat in Atlanta is just about as bad, with high humidity and sometimes very little wind. The nice breeze on the coast in Florida, is not available in Atlanta, and you can melt in the heat here. The last couple of days, the heat index was in the 90's. When a 6 mph breeze finally pops up it feels like someone turned on the air conditioning. I was still out there late morning and early afternoon, because that is the only time when you can get any wind at all in the summer.
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 09:37 AM »

This past Sunday got the kite bag out and tried to take a few for a ride. The wind was gusting to 15mph... then would immediately drop to nothing. Over and over it did this. All I could get to fly was my NNak and 3-D. Tried my Jaws and Quantum and all they would do is climb and stall. I'm ready for September.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 05:21 PM »

a Ct. master flyer once said in some ways you really only need two kites ... many people jump from one kite to the next and EACH is a new learning curve ... to excel in tricks stay with one model and know it inside/out. This could be a year ... EASILY. Kite jumping or having six different stunt kite models IMO is a negative. Of course when you are at the point at being able to pull off a comete all the way down to a half axel then do what you want and/or if you are still searching but if your struggling with only a few tricks ... kite jumping EVERY YEAR to a new brand is an issue ... IMO ... actually a PROBLEM  Embarrassed.

APJ

In a way your right. Embarrassed 

I mostly fly for fun. Smiley 

Each kite flies different. Huh  What I normally do is, fly the tricks each kite does best. Also depending on wind conditions I like to choose the kite for that moment. Maybe some day I may consider Undecided taking it to a higher level and will have to decide to stay with a specific kite.  Thanks for the advice APJ.

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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2014, 05:06 AM »

Every top pilot I ever met has/had his "GO TO KITE." Just be aware that purchasing a NEW DESIGN every year CAN STALL SEVERELY your trick building arsenal (for a lack of a better term).

A good example is the Benson Deep Space ... I could probably do 24 consecutive JL rungs on a Transformer TL and would take a $50 bet anytime/anywhere ... on the DS I would not even take a $0.50 bet with one rung ... you are either ALL IN or OUT with this kite ... INCREDIBLE kite with its NO PULL AT ALL in high winds but its APPLES/ORANGES.

A good example at one of TP's I attended the great DUAL pilot Dave Smith was teaching me the Fade ... the winds were strong and he did tell me these were not great conditions to learn this trick ... he picked up some kite nearby and the kite ended up in a big tangle mess after this short demo ... after turning red ... he turned to me and said ... the winds are too strong and "THIS IS NOT MY KITE."

Just backing up my point ... not promoting the KOOL-AID kites ... in my early days with Custom kites I was unaware of this dilemma on MY LEARNING CURVE.

APJ

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