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« on: July 25, 2010, 03:32 PM »

Ok, I have show interest in some kites that I see in the swap meet section, but I am unsure what exactly I am looking for.
Figured I may need to ask more specific questions and also give a better perspective as to where I am at...skill wise.

I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. There are alot of open areas and parks that I can go to. Me and the wife are always spending our weekends at the beach. Usually
Casey Key, or more locally Ft Desoto. I do not have a wind meter yet, but plan to buy one. I always check the wind forecast, and the avearge winds lately have been 4 to 10.
This weekend we had some good winds in the mid teens. They seemed perfect for the HQ Bolero, and the real small cheapies I have.

I am currently just enjoying carving designs in the sky, and messing around with tip stabs, sliders, perfecting the landings.

Not sure what everyone means by "tricking"...I assume they mean things such as flic flacks, lazy susans, 540's etc.  So i guess that just doing loops and such is not a respectable trick?
If that is the case, then I still want to eventually learn to do tricks and will buy a nice kite to do so...but I still want to just carve shapes thru the sky because it is alot of fun for me.

Will a ultra light kite "zip" around the sky in 4 to 8 mph wind like my Bolero will in mid teens? I would love to have a larger kite that I could use in the average winds that we have, but I want to use it for more than just slack line "tricks".
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 03:42 PM »

Anything kite deserving the name UL should easily fly (zip) around the sky in 4-8.  Most standards will also, although some don't truly come alive until 5mph or so.

I've never flown an HQ Bolero - but check out some of the links to the right when you are ready for your next kite.  BMK makes a great kite and I think there is a Muse currently for sale in the Swap that is really an amazing kite.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010, 03:43 PM »

Will a ultra light kite "zip" around the sky in 4 to 8 mph wind like my Bolero will in mid teens?

But it sounds like a good standard may fit your conditions better.

I would love to have a larger kite that I could use in the average winds that we have, but I want to use it for more than just slack line "tricks".

Most decent trick kites will do just fine at flying around.
The BMK Muse that was on the swap would have been a good choice.

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2010, 08:10 PM »

As much as it begrudges me to say so, as i was hoping to maybe make it mine, I believe Devin's muse is still available.

"No it is not out of control, I am making it do those flips and turns."
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 07:10 AM »

The muse is a great kite, especially for a full size kite that's good to learn to trick on. It's capable of a lot of cool stuff, and is very durable. 4 to 10 is great wind for it. When the wind gets higher and you want a kite that'll move faster and make you think on your feet, switch to the Bolero, and you should be set for beginner stuff, until you start expanding the bag.. and trust me, it happens to all of us, haha.

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 07:19 AM »

The Sunset flyers are down at Treasure Island in front of the Bilmar quit often on weekends.
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