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Author Topic: KLA-Tencor Fun Day Kite Seminar (2 hours at Shoreline Park)  (Read 1971 times)
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« on: July 08, 2010, 11:42 PM »

My brother Frank, an engineering manager at KLA, is in charge of a regularly scheduled Fun Day. Almost once a month, the company sponsors an event like: juggling, yo-yo, ping-pong and this month's sport kite flying. The company pays for an expert to come in and teach (in my case, the money went for the kites, drat)

I was flown out and picked up by my brother and we drove to Shoreline Park. He had 35 Premier Jewel kites (paid for mostly by the company). The temperature was in the upper 70s (excellent) and the winds were in the 10-15 mph range (just a bit higher than I had wanted, but certainly better than no wind at all).

With a few emails and phone calls I had enlarged the teaching group to include:
Allen Carter (and he brought his Prophecy with tube tail)
Cecil (a local excellent trick flier)
Britt (my son)
Shea (my daughter)
Rob (a good friend)
Richard (Shea's boyfriend)
Frank (my brother, who can fly a bit already)

From 4:30 to 6:30 it was a controlled sweet chaos evolving into over 30 new sport kite fliers who could all assemble/disassemble/fly/loop their kites. There were huge smiles all around. The ground was quite hard packed as the area we were using doubles as a parking lot for concerts across the street.

Even with all the hard crashes in strong wind, only 4 spines and 1 lower spreader broke, and we had replacement kites for those people as extras had been brought.

Hopefully, some will come back and fly at Shoreline again. Cecil and Vince encouraged everyone to come and bug them with questions if they ever were there at the same time.

All in all, things went better than anticipated.

I'm back home and was only in California about 4 hours.

I do miss Shoreline Park and flying with the regular gang.

Thanks for the help Allen and for letting newbies fly your gorgeous Proph.  Smiley

Here's a picture of Cecil from several years ago:
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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010, 01:47 PM »

Thanks for inviting me to help out, John!

A really great group of people. Certainly the most sport kites I've ever seen in the air at Shoreline!

At least three of the "students" had flown before. The three I talked to had all been away from the sport ten years or more (brands like Skynasaur and Flexifoil were mentioned), but launched and flew with ease. More than once it was nice to have more experience on the field when several people had questions/crashes/tangles simultaneously.

At one point two guys were flying next to each other with matching kites. One was one of the "experienced" flyers and the other had gotten comfortable with a kite real fast. I said, you guys should be flying Pairs. They laughed, but the newbie said "OK". They actually tried a bit of follow the leader. It was very cool.

Nice little inexpensive kites. Loose bridle knots were an issue a couple of times but generally the kites flew fine for everyone. Good lines, straps and winders for the price. Wingtips flapped like crazy when the wind got up to 15, but I didn't see any kite fail due to the wind.

One of the KLA people was snapping pictures like crazy. Seems like he might be the official documenter of these employee event. Hope to see the photos.

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 05:50 PM »

Hey John (And Allan),

Sounds like you were out doing some Ambassadorial work, would have been great to see so many folk enjoying the day.

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Just kidding...

Nice work guys  Wink

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