GWTW Forum
July 31, 2014, 02:49 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Forum Info Login Register Chat  
Welcome to the GWTW Forum.
Guests (non-registered users) can view the forum but are unable to post.  If you don't have anything to say then why would you bother to register?
One of the most popular sections of the GWTW Forum has long been the Swap Meet.  A great place to sell old, seldom flown kites or to get great deals on used (gently flown) kites.  Only registered users can see the Swap Meet section, let alone wheel and deal.  1000's (literally) of kites have changed hands thanks to the Swap Meet.
There are several more benefits to being a registered user, but you'll have to join our little community to find out all the "secrets".
Questions or concerns? Contact Steve ... just drop an email to: forum.gwtwkites@gmail.com

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: How did we get here?  (Read 2430 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Allen Carter
Moderator
Trade Count: (+15)
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1770

Location: Half Moon Bay, CA

« on: March 17, 2009, 09:12 PM »

OK, I'll start of the Wisdom Of The Ages series with a recent classic.




Topic: How Did We Get Here???


Topic author: DaveSDCA
Subject: How Did We Get Here???
Posted on: 01/11/2008 10:14:48 AM


I'm relatively new to stunt kites and have been flying about a year. I'm getting experience and building skills and, of course, looking at all the kites on the market. "Why is this one quicker or more precise than the other?" I can't help but wonder how we got here. 


What have been some of the landmark kites in the past? I imagine tricks drove the design which opened the door for more exotic tricks which pushed designs to new levels. From everything I've read and the one time I flew it, the Nirvana is a beautiful kite. It's success has created variations by other designers. 

I've also heard of the "French Invasion" that took place a few years ago. What kites were hot before that?

Prism is a successful American kite but it's obvious from all their kites that huge changes have taken place. I guess the I2K was phenomenal kite when it came out but it's considerably different from the E2 and the Zephyr. The Zephyr looks very contemporary but is very different from the E2. Then we got the Gemini, Deep Space, Sea Devil, Widowmaker, Mantis, X-Masque, STX, Machine, Krystal, Opera 23, on and on. 

I'm not asking which one is better. Each has it's own beauty. What kites and events over the las 10 years or so stand out in your mind?



Dave

Replies:



chilese
Replied on: 01/11/2008 10:28:50 AM


From the 90s, this would be a good starting point. It is taken from an older issue of kitelife.com and put together into one picture:

http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1098719161049870108dXcPxt





And from a survey taken here years ago:

http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1098718371049870108iTeNXD





Welcome to the Forum. 




kitehead
Replied on: 01/14/2008 5:18:03 PM



Here's a link to the original article in KiteLife.

http://www.kitelife.com/archives/002/high5.htm

Allen



zippy8
Replied on: 01/11/2008 11:30:06 AM


Quote

Originally posted by DaveSDCA

I guess the I2K was phenomenal kite when it came out



I would like 20 minutes for a rebuttal.

I've actually been on/off working on a sort of answer (at least my answer) to this very question. If I ever get around to finishing it, I'll post a link.

Mike.



thief
Replied on: 01/11/2008 11:40:19 AM


20 min rebuttal???only take 2 seconds......

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooope



kites kayaks & corgis



bobdros
Replied on: 01/12/2008 5:41:27 PM


Sounds like a college thesis topic.

Bob D.



Jim B.
Replied on: 01/12/2008 5:47:20 PM


Straight leading edge kites=North Shore Radical


Curved leading edge kites=Tracer


Fini.


thankyouthankyouthankyou..



NYC




BeachBum
Replied on: 01/12/2008 6:12:26 PM


Dave,

Good to see you here!

I hope you are still practicing the moves I showed you!

Britt


All kinds of tastlesness and goofiness was removed at this point.....A.C.



RobHenry
Replied on: 01/13/2008 7:23:22 PM


Oh, geez this is only Daves second post can we go just a little bit easier?
Welcome to the forum Dave!



Rob



kitehead
Replied on: 01/14/2008 08:42:08 AM


Well, DaveSDCA, you are now a member of this dysfunctional family.

Welcome!



Back on topic.

Jim B is right about the NSR and the Tracer. Major kites.

From there changes get more subtle, but there are a few standouts along the way. Lot's and lots of good kites and some really unique kites have come and gone but two that stand out are the Eclipse and the Gemini.

Prism's Eclipse was one of the early kites that was happy on it's back. In 1993 it was way ahead of it's time and was influential for quite a few years. At 15 it is able to do a lot of modern stuff. That's like 90 in kite years. 



Forward to 1999 and the Benson Gemini. Not only odd looking, but highly capable. I bet more people learned to backspin on the Gem in '00 - '01 than with any other kite. With various mods along the way, 9 years later people are still doing wonderful stuff with it.

From there the big change was the massive adoption of tail weight to facilitate pitch moves. Kites that would not have been considered tricky, like the Masque or the Styx, had a new lease on life. Kites that could fly straight lines and do all kinda mad stuff became the expectation. The Nirvana seems to be one of the benchmarks.


BTW, the I2k was neat, but really didn't win the hearts and minds of the hard core flyers. Did lots of things fairly well, but nothing exceptionally well (IMHO). It was sort of an odd duck.



Allen


DaveSDCA
Replied on: 01/14/2008 11:45:42 AM


Hi, Britt,

Yes I am!!! I'm out there every chance I get. Flying in light winds is a lot more fun. 

I definitely have a better feel for the kite and the trick and my timing has improved. When you were showing me these, I wasn't aware of what was going to happen with each input and didn't understand what the kite was doing. It's fascinating to vary the speed at which the trick progresses; to create a different tempo. The bottom line is I still look terrible but I'm having more fun.

How about you? Are you finding the time and place to fly? If I ever head north, I'll let you know.


Dave









DaveSDCA
Replied on: 01/18/2008 2:25:18 PM


Thanks for the info. It's a great family. I'm enjoying it.

I'll have to ask Jim B. about the Tracer and the NSR. This is the first I've heard of them.

A couple other questions are, when did yo-yo stoppers appear and what was the first kite to use tail weights?

What about bridles? What kind of changes have these gone through?

Have a good weekend. I appreciate everyone's advice.


Dave







DaveSDCA
Replied on: 01/18/2008 2:26:59 PM


Quote
Originally posted by Jim B.
Straight leading edge kites=North Shore Radical
Curved leading edge kites=Tracer
Fini.
thankyouthankyouthankyou..
NYC


Thanks, Jim. Can you tell me a little more about what made the Tracer and the NSR special?





Dave


Jim B.
Replied on: 01/18/2008 4:33:15 PM


Well, I was being somewhat facetious but at the same time somewhat serious as you've asked a relatively big question given that sport kite design is such a small field of interest. Even so, it might be interesting to try and ascertain just how many kite designs have been brought to market. I have a feeling that it would be a fairly mind boggling number.

I might have picked the Masque over the North Shore Radical.. I'm not sure which showed up first to tell you the truth.

I'm not really the one to lay out the history of stunt kites for you. We have a few people around here who would be much better at tracing the design progression. I'll stand by the NSR and Tracer I guess.

These kites are archetypical in many respects.

The NSR was one of the most successful competition designs when team flying and precision was the name of the game.


I'm more familiar with the design progression that stems from the Tracer.

It was a very influential design. There wasn't much of anything that couldn't be traced (appropriate name, don't you think?) back to the Tracer for a while there. Dean Jordan, Peter Betancourt, and on and on.. there just is almost no end to the list of designers who were influenced, either directly or indirectly, by this kite at one time or another.

Straight leading edges have made a big comeback and seem to have broken the Tracers hold on designers' imaginations.

Maybe we can get one of the old dogs to break it down for you? 

Anyway, discounting winglets and multiple stand offs for the moment, the NSR and Tracer will do for now.


NYC


mikenchico
Replied on: 01/18/2008 9:23:45 PM


Hmm.. I started a reply then noticed Dave wanted a history only to 10 years back which took out the Tracer & NSR. If we're going back more then 10 years then there have been developements in Sport Kites.

Approximately the same time as the Tracer was the Stranger, two completely different answers to solve the same equation, that is, kites to do slack line tricks. 

Only going back 10 years negates pointing out any significant developement in Sport Kites since in my opinion anything built since the Tracer/Stranger have been simply refinements on these two kites abilities. 

I'll not argue that todays kites aren't much better then these were, they are. I'm just saying they haven't broken new ground the way the Peter Powell Diamond Stunter, FlexiFoil, Top of the Line Chevron, Top of the Line Spin Off, Revolution, FlexiFoil Stranger & Skynasaur Tracer did. 



"People do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing" Oliver Wendell Holmes


kitelover
Replied on: 01/19/2008 05:55:21 AM


I'd like to nominate the Buena Vista X4i as zero wind/indoor innovator. The PI was even better. Their Streaker was probably a trick kite way ahead of it's time. I could only do axles and flic flacs, but that kite had other ideas. I miss that kite.

« Last Edit: March 18, 2009, 01:54 PM by Allen Carter » Logged

Allen, AKA kitehead
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  


items purchased through the links below help support the forum

Our forum is made possible by the good folks whose ads appear below and by the members of our community (PayPal donation button at bottom)
In case you missed it each ad is linked to the sponsors web site.  So please, take a moment and visit our sponsors sites as this forum wouldn't be possible with out them.
Interested in running an ad for your business or kiting event?  Contact Steve at advertise.gwtwkites@gmail.com for a quote.

Kite Classifieds Ad
Kite Classifieds

A Wind Of Change
A Wind Of Change

Kitebookie
Kitebookie.com

Untitled Document

Untitled Document
Untitled Document

Untitled Document
Untitled Document


Untitled Document
DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB

Support the GWTW Forum

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.8 | SMF © 2006-2008, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.2.1 © 2008-2009
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!