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« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2009, 07:18 PM »

Hi.. Singapore though surrounded by water, is no where near an ocean. Our beaches here are pathetic with extemely shallow..... beach area.. u have about 30m at most from the very heavy treeline (where there are buildings behind the trees) to the water line.. Cheesy

The humidity here seldom goes below 98%.. and it is actually nearing the monsoon, and we are having northern wind.. i guess its the inland scenario that is not able to fully exploit the situation. And can i also say very rainy with muddy and water logged ground...haha.. u backed off only to find a feet stuck in a pool.

But then... having said that.. there are pilots here, despite these conditions, still do very very wonderful things with their kites... so it boils down to my lack of skill... so.. gotta work harder. Only that..  its tough when u feel the wind blowing directly from behind you.. but you see your lines slacking and curved towards the right...  real fun even to guess where the wind actually comes from!

Yesterday was bad... i was so demoralized and i got so angry.. guess i am too serious about a recreational activity. (what my gf says)
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« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2009, 05:10 PM »

Chris, I agree with what John said about finding a spot with decent wind to fly but don't give up if that's all that's available. I say this from experience. The wind conditions where I live are poor for dual line trick flying but it's that or nothing.

It takes me much longer to learn new stuff and get my tricks clean but I'm actually OK at it now and all most all my slack line time has been inland light bumpy winds. When I do get some smooth wind or get over to the coast it's like heaven Grin
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« Reply #32 on: December 25, 2009, 04:51 PM »

i guess if you can get good at bumpy wind, you can be very good at clean wind. Only.. it takes a big longer, and u must learn patience.

Saw ur signature link on the kites you have.. What a collection!! Envious... Tongue
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« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2009, 11:43 AM »


Saw ur signature link on the kites you have.. What a collection!! Envious... Tongue

Thanks but I didn't need all those to learn. I have them because I'm not good at controlling my kite lust Wink
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« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2009, 12:26 PM »

Dolphin, you have a very unique stx 1.8, was it a custom?

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« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2009, 05:49 PM »

Chris, I agree with what John said about finding a spot with decent wind to fly but don't give up if that's all that's available. I say this from experience. The wind conditions where I live are poor for dual line trick flying but it's that or nothing.

It takes me much longer to learn new stuff and get my tricks clean but I'm actually OK at it now and all most all my slack line time has been inland light bumpy winds. When I do get some smooth wind or get over to the coast it's like heaven Grin

Same for me.  Inland bumpy winds. But its not all bad.  You just have to be opportunistic.  When the wind is right for a certain trick, hit it.  If its momentarily too strong, fly figures.  I fly standards most of the time and wait out the dead moments. 
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« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2009, 08:34 PM »

Dolphin, you have a very unique stx 1.8, was it a custom?

It could be the last STX 1.8 ever made / imported to the US as far as I know. I was looking for some kite parts and called (sorry Steve, it was something you didn't have) another shoppe. Anyway these had long since been sold out and I just thought I'd ask one more time if any more 1.8s were ever found. The answer was "one made it in the last shipment" so I took it without even asking the color.

Maybe they used what ever material was left over when they built it. Or some custom that was never shipped. I don't really know. It actually looks good in the air and it's kind of neat thinking it's the last / one of the last ever. Plus it's a fun little SUL.
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« Reply #37 on: December 27, 2009, 04:56 AM »

Chris, I agree with what John said about finding a spot with decent wind to fly but don't give up if that's all that's available. I say this from experience. The wind conditions where I live are poor for dual line trick flying but it's that or nothing.

It takes me much longer to learn new stuff and get my tricks clean but I'm actually OK at it now and all most all my slack line time has been inland light bumpy winds. When I do get some smooth wind or get over to the coast it's like heaven Grin

Same for me.  Inland bumpy winds. But its not all bad.  You just have to be opportunistic.  When the wind is right for a certain trick, hit it.  If its momentarily too strong, fly figures.  I fly standards most of the time and wait out the dead moments. 

haha.. yeah.. how often the wind is dead when u are waiting.. and it just blows beautifully when u are either:

1. walkg towards to the kite to recover from a belly down, nose facing you position.
2. Walkg back towards the handle straps after recovering the kite.

I just have the feeling someone up there is having a fun time just teasing us.
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« Reply #38 on: December 27, 2009, 04:05 PM »

Chris, I agree with what John said about finding a spot with decent wind to fly but don't give up if that's all that's available. I say this from experience. The wind conditions where I live are poor for dual line trick flying but it's that or nothing.

It takes me much longer to learn new stuff and get my tricks clean but I'm actually OK at it now and all most all my slack line time has been inland light bumpy winds. When I do get some smooth wind or get over to the coast it's like heaven Grin

Same for me.  Inland bumpy winds. But its not all bad.  You just have to be opportunistic.  When the wind is right for a certain trick, hit it.  If its momentarily too strong, fly figures.  I fly standards most of the time and wait out the dead moments. 

haha.. yeah.. how often the wind is dead when u are waiting.. and it just blows beautifully when u are either:

1. walkg towards to the kite to recover from a belly down, nose facing you position.
2. Walkg back towards the handle straps after recovering the kite.

I just have the feeling someone up there is having a fun time just teasing us.
And I thought it was just me!  lol
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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2010, 05:43 AM »

Just picking up on the air temp thing and humidity.....

This explains so much for me. I have moved from somewhere (the UK) with reasonable wind and lowish temps and the humidity was not an issue but still I could feel the extra push at dusk as the temp dropped quickly. Now in Australia I have struggled for a year in hot, humid punchy wind. I have been to Singapore and the humidity is unreal, so debilitating, it has to be experienced to fully grasp. Truly like a sauna.

However I'm digressing. I haven't read the whole thread word for word and I haven't flown many of the kites mentioned in it. One that I have tried and had good success with in the heat and humidity of Brisbane is the Temptation UL. And being of APAC origin should help too. It has a sweet balanced feel to it that makes you feel very in control.

Anyway, good luck.

Jason
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