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Author Topic: What inspired you to pick up the lines?  (Read 5739 times)
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« on: June 02, 2010, 09:30 AM »

Hello all,
I was talking to an old flying buddy yesterday and we got to talking about what inspired us to start flying stunt kites. For me it was when I was on a vacation in Orlando in '89. Our hotel room overlooked a park where I saw a guy flying precision. I was amazed and went to talk with him. He spent the next 3 hours teaching me to fly. I bought that kite from him and never looked back.
I thought it would be interesting to see when/where fellow fliers picked it up.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 09:38 AM »

this is kinda embarrassing, but whatever haha.

When i was 5, I watched Merry Poppins.
Lets go fly a kite- the last piece at the end. Fell in love with kites right then and there.

Never looked back after that.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 10:54 AM »

getting bored one day and messing around with trash bags and straws. Then a book on kite building, then a beetle, then a few used kites and lots of sewing...
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 11:20 AM »

Making a 6ft diamond kite with my uncle when I was about 6 y/o.

Thinking about it the same guy got me into motorbikes, my other obsession.

Dave Waymant, if your still out there you have a lot to answer for  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 11:30 AM »

My first kite pictured here.  I ate cans and cans of green beans to get one.
http://www.junkbox.com/kites/GreenGiantPromoKites.shtml

As a kid it went as high as the airplanes.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 12:05 PM »

Very Cool.  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 12:27 PM »

I flew cheap beach kites with the kids on holiday for several years, me flying them more than the kids, and while I enjoyed it, I only ever flew when on holiday.  Then one christmas someone bought me a book on 'proper' kites which I read several times.  Then a relative gave me 20 for a birthday present and, inspired by the book, I decided to spend it on a 'good' kite - a Spirit of Air Razor. One thing led to another and now I have 2 kite bags full of kites and a serious flying addiction!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2010, 12:29 PM »

I flew Indian fighters and mylar dragons obsessively for a year or so as a pre-teen in the '70s. Then I grew up (or tried).

in 1998 a friend had a three stack of Trylbys. They were falling apart and never did fly right, but being at Shoreline with lots of real kites around got me interested. I bought a Jeff Howard PKC fighter from Dan at GWTW and never looked back. A month or so later I bought my first real dual line kite, a Prism Vector.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 01:03 PM »

I live down the street from Jon T's kite shop in Plymouth.  I went to a Weds. nite fly and someone let me fly their stunt kite...and the rest is history! Huh Huh Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2010, 01:06 PM »

summer 1994 a friend in college said "lets go fly a kite".....'fly a kite' i thought 'wtf'..
we rode our bikes to Colt State Park in Bristol RI and he pulled out a Tracer.....i was hooked on it 30 minutes later.....then i found High Flyers in Newport that January and got MY first kite....a Black Flexi hotshot....then 3 months later i got my first guildworks....a 333......long downward spiral since then.....

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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2010, 01:12 PM »

A couple freinds called one day and said I had to go buy a cheap kite at the drug store, seemed they had figured out that if you slacked the line they would turn and they were fighting them, trying to cut each other down (they'd never heard of fighters) sounded gay but also like a challenge so I did. A bit later I saw a dual line Gayla, thought that would beat them, wrong, didn't fly. Then I found the TRLBY's, they flew, dacron lines against cotton didn't work out though. Oh well, a new spool of line and I was having a blast just flying. Then the Toy Store got in the Avenger, drug my a** around the field. That was 1985 or so.

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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 01:59 PM »

About 10 years ago on a family vacation, my wife said "You need a kite." We were in front of a kite store in Southern California.

We bought a Team Hawaiian and lines and tails for $210. I almost had a heart attack.

She didn't know what she started.  Cool
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2010, 02:05 PM »

In 1989, I lived in Vancouver and watched Ray Bethell fly his kites daily at Vanier Park.  Soon enough, I got a sport kite for my birthday - it didn't fly well and Ray thought it was crap - so then we got a better one.
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2010, 03:51 PM »

bought a trlby single for a fun afternoon. great, great introduction kite. a real shame they're no longer in production to entice people into the hobby.
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2010, 04:08 PM »

At WSIKF 2006 ... Seeing Lam Hoac with low & slow Jacobs Ladders five feet from the crowd.
And iQuad.  This would have been just as iQuad was really starting to gel.
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