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« on: May 23, 2010, 04:14 PM »

I just wanted to thank Tempest and Cids for putting together a wonderful day of flying today. The weather finally turned the corner and we had both good wind and some sun. I personally, got way too much sun but that was my own fault.

I brought all my kites, but only pulled out two, my new (to me) Benson Gemini and the Sea Devil mid vent I bought off of cids.

The gem was way different than I am used to, so it took some time to get comfortable. I then spent a while with the mid vent, as the winds were averaging about 10 mph it was a little heavy feeling, but during gusts it felt secure and not over powered.

I have been trying to get into a fade from a downward flight path and not really having much luck with it. I can hold a fade from launch but its really difficult for me to get into one while flying. I spent a bunch of time trying it over and over and just would not be able to control the fade well when I did get it. The sea devil would just right itself and fly away every time. I couldn't even get the gem to fade so that was totally out of the question.

Tempest let me try his mango light vent fearless. I was terrified of hurting his basically brand new kite so I was a little sheepish with my flying. He goaded me into getting it into a turtle, and it was amazing how easy that was. I did my first real lazy susan's on the kite today. Wicked.

Then I tried to get into a fade from the downward flightpath, it was difficult at first but with some coaching by tempest, it came easier and easier every time I tried it. Then I was doing flic flac's like no tomorrow. I managed to get the kite rolled up on one occasion but didn't even know it.

I recall at one point, the fearless was on the ground and I just wanted to pop the kite a touch to get it standing up for a takeoff. I popped it and WHAM it was in a turtle so fast I could not believe it.

The reduced pull on the fearless and the deep deep turtle make it an incredible teaching tool. Would I buy one, if I had the money, yes. The kite was solid as a rock all day, and pretty quiet as well. For a newb like me to be able to start pulling off those tricks, I feel that the kite had alot to do with it. That said, tempest standing at my side coaching went a long way too. He could help me with what I was doing wrong on every repetition of the trick and I could see the differences his comments made to my results.

There were quite a few others there today as well, I know a couple of them are on the board here, but didn't catch their user names. There were a few single line kites which were very cool, just parked in the sky. Some of the kids had aerobies and were loving those as well.

I will post some images when I can make some room on my hard drive.

Cheers,
Sean
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2010, 05:08 PM »

linky to images.  Grin

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sean_gosse/sets/72157624122268466/show/

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2010, 06:11 PM »

 Smiley  Smiley  Very nice pictures SMG , i love that Fade.   Cheesy   Cheesy  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010, 08:07 PM »

Thanks for the sexy fotos of my back and my F kite. I have alot of fun too. Yes, the sun is a little too much for me too.
Hopefully we can get together again in the near future.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2010, 08:01 AM »

I was there as well. Great day.

Tempest also let me fly his new Fearless and his SD. Great kites. As Sean said above these things were a surprise to fly. So light in their feel, and easy to get on their backs. With a bit of help from Tempest, I was also able to get into a down wind flare no problem and do my first real lazy susan's as well. After getting it on the Fearless, I was able to do it on my Mantis without too much trouble. The combination of Tempest's instructions and Lam's kites could turn any newbie into a pro in no time.

Don't worry Ken, I still love my BMK and will not trade it for anything. Wink

I would like to thank Gary from the Toronto Kite Flyers for inviting me to their monthly fun fly. Sorry if us dual line guys kind of took over but I know everyone had a great afternoon.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010, 08:28 PM »

I would also like to express my thanks to Gary, Zippy and Brandon,of the Toronto Kite Fliers Club for having us at their fun day fly at the park.
 It was a bit challenging on the flying field, but we made out quite well , although Edmond got the scare of his life when he saw that dog speeding towards his beloved Fearless  ( actually the dog was chasing after a ball thrown by its master, which fell near the kite . )
 All in all,  the day was enjoyed by everyone and i hope that we can get together more often in the near future.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2010, 08:51 PM »

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although Edmond got the scare of his life when he saw that dog speeding towards his beloved Fearless  ( actually the dog was chasing after a ball thrown by its master, which fell near the kite

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

It was my first kite meet and it was fun. Also it was my first time to see a Rev flying in person. Thanks to Brandon and Zippy with their amazing skill with the Rev. The most amazing thing was the big/heavy star kite by Gary. It can actually fly !
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2010, 07:19 AM »

Great to meet you guys too.

Do check out the Toronto Kite Fliers website to find out the next events. 
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