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breezin
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« on: November 25, 2018, 09:53 AM »

Yesterday I flew in 40 mph for the 1st time on a HQ Delta Hawk with 100' x 150# line set. 1/2 hour of adrenalin filled flying and I was done. 3 times across center window was all I could handle.It was a blur. Happy my lines held up.Spent most of the time from edge to about a 1/3 into the power zone at most. Hawk makes a Micron look and feel pedestrian. Speed kites have fascinated me from the start. Got a Elliot Jet Stream Reloaded but never learned it. Like the Hawk not a true speed kite but still FAST.When first reading about them every kite ad, reviewer or builder states for advanced fliers. Never doubted those statements. Yesterday I got a wee inkling of what speed kiting is like. WOW was I not disappointed. Going to take some serious time on the Hawk before I get a true speed kite. After I packed up I measured pretty steady 43 mph. 45 mph is not a goal. 40 is plenty.200# x 150" line set will be coming this way soon. Be cool if you speedsters could post some of your speed kiting gear.
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 10:07 AM »

How do you even stand up in 40 mph winds

and still want to fly?  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2018, 10:45 AM »

Been living on this windswept prairie since 1996. Ya either adjust or move LOL. Animals need to be tended to at least twice a day no matter the weather.First time on the Hawk in 30+ I yanked myself pretty good. Took a few days to recover. Since then I've been trying to better my stance whatever I'm flying. It payed off yesterday. Today feeling better than I thought I would. Been out walking around this morning thinking maybe I'd fly the Hawk again before the winds drop. Uhh NO!! Watched a lot of people butt flying. I'll do that when I have a seat with a set of wheels under me. The rush once the fear subsides a bit is a total blast. Next high wind speedster will have less pull than the Hawk. Didn't get yanked yesterday but think that was more luck than skill. Amazing how much speed and power is in such a small kite. I wanna fly a kite at 100 mph before I get to much older. Even if it's only once.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2018, 11:35 AM »

I'd wait for that to be the LAST thing I ever did!!! Shocked
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