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« on: March 31, 2009, 08:00 AM »

I just learned today that Brian Todd passed away earlier this year.

Those of you that have been long time friends of GWTW undoubtedly knew Brian.

Brian was a good friend and my TrickTail mentor.

I'm really at a loss for words.

God Bless you Brian.  You had a large impact on both Chris and my lives.



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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 08:09 AM »

Sorry to hear of your loss Steve.
Our hearts go out to you and Chris.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 08:18 AM »

Sorry  for  your  Loss Steve and Chris
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 09:03 AM »

Wow, I am sorry to hear that. I met and flew with Brian several years ago (Trick Tail related of course). Nice guy and great kite flyer.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 09:10 AM »

He was easily the best flyer of a Tricktail and SL7 I've ever seen. Very quiet and humble and helpful. I need a sad smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2009, 09:15 AM »

He answered a number of questions of mine on the Utopia too.

Sad news.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2009, 10:59 AM »

Wow I am sorry to hear this too.  I met him numerous times.  Always very pleasant, very helpful and a great guy to be with.  A wonderful flyer who will certainly be missed.

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2009, 11:19 AM »

Sorry to hear about that.  Brian was good people.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009, 11:57 AM »

I met him at WSIKF and will never forget his TriTon kite and him flying a TTUL on the nearly deserted beach in the early morning.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2009, 12:05 PM »

Brian worked at GWTW back when I was a newbie in '98. Maybe just worked for kites, I don't know, but for a while it was the Dan & Brian show. Before I even bought a sport kite Brian's excellent photography was one of the things that made me aware of the sport and culture.

When I started flying, Brian was my first major influence. You can read about "fly the lines not the kite" and stuff like that, but having someone on the field who has very accrurate, intentional control (mastery?) of a specific kite is inspirational.

Brian also tought me a lot about kite framing, tuning, myths, pitfalls etc. He was clear: if you want to tweak a kite you have to know what you are trying to achieve AND be able live with whatever the tradeoffs are. And there are always tradeoffs when tweaking a kite.

Some of Brian's photos are still on the old GWTW site via archive.org. I have a few favorites I'll try to dig up.

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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2009, 12:19 PM »

Hello Steve and Chris,
  I am very sorry to hear about Brian's passing.  I was lucky enough to have met him a couple of different times, and watched him fly his kites.  He really was "one" with his kites.  It was a pure pleasure to watch him fly, and do things most of us only wish we could do.  He will be missed.  God's speed and good breezes Brian.

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2009, 12:20 PM »

Brian's specialty was unique kites.  Particularly if they were Schob-designs.  The Triton was truly a magnificent kite and the most memorable in Brain's collection.

Brian was a great pilot who could fly anything, but had a special affinity for the kites that were just a bit 'out there'.  While an great TrickTail pilot he was the best Utopia and SL 7 pilot I have ever seen.  If you've ever tried to fly either of those kites you'll understand what an accomplishment that was.

Best advise I ever got was when Brian told me to stop flying the kite and to start flying the lines.  At the time I had no idea what it meant.  Several months later while flying the TTUL I finally grasped what he was talking about.  From that point on I have looked at kite flying from a completely different perspective.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009, 12:42 PM »

Wow....very sad....
is there any info on how he passed? was this a known thing??? or a sudden thing???

breaking out the Spirit Man for him!!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2009, 01:56 PM »

RIP Brian.

I learned a lot from you at Chico & Baylands fun fly days.

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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2009, 05:40 PM »

Brian's site, trickthewind.com, is available on the Wayback Machine

http://web.archive.org/web/20040226172427/http://www.trickthewind.com/index.html
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