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Author Topic: Why Are Sport Kite Fliers So Aesthetically Serious?  (Read 4277 times)
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« on: March 26, 2011, 06:16 PM »

Where is the whimsy?

Aside from the graphic Moonie sport kites, why are we so serious?

Where are the modern equivalents of Joel Scholz?

And woe be to anyone who orders a custom other than 1 color and shades of grey.

Jon Trennepohl got some flak for the custom Widow Maker with the multi-color spider applique even though the rest of the kite was your basic shades of grey applied to the WM panels.

The best looking recent sport kite layout has been the Talon Vented (very nice) and I'll throw in a nod to the almost defunct Focus lineup. Other than that, it's business as usual: geometric triangles and polygons: Seven, Cosmic, Mongoose, Silver Fox, B-Series Revs (yeah, you're not getting out of this) TNT (cute though, and they took static for it too).

I WANT SOME WHIMSY!!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 06:36 PM »

is it a question of art meets commerce? where if today's kite market is diminished in comparison to other eras, the commercial design choices of today are considered most closely and have given way to 'safe' decisions?
is it given the technical nature of the flight characteristics asked of these kites, the designers concerns are more technical than aesthetic?
is it just the fashion like boyfriend jeans and bieber hair?
or is it something else?
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 06:44 PM »

I'm okay with graphics on some single line kites.  

On sport kites I like a wind surfer sail look. High tech, panel lay out is there for a reason, doesn't look like a kids toy.  The first time I walked into a real kite shop and saw some Prism's and a Utopia, I about died.  The details like sewn bridle loops, custom molded fittings and carbon sticks I find beautiful. I have trouble with ornamentation on things that are supposed to be all about function.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 07:28 PM »

Did someone forget this is supposed to be fun?  I have several kites that won't rate on anyones quality list (even mine) but they stay in the A bag because they're cool looking, fun to fly and I like them.  Found a weekend at Cococa Beach in Florida had to be the only day in history with no wind at the beach but my cool looking, fun to fly, I like it Chinese swallow took to the air.  Technology is great but muss up your Justin Beiber hair and have fun.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 08:15 PM »

Im with yeah you have to go crazy when i first put a graphic up here with my custom widow maker not many people liked because it was floresant green. I like Bright and weird colors if some one made a good tie died sport kite i owuld probably own it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011, 10:18 PM »

Not everyone is man enough to pull this one off, but it fits you to a tee.


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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 10:38 PM »

Yeah, maybe I'm a bit eccentric and perhaps not too subtle. I really like the look of that Moxie. And I bought it before I even thought about moving to Las Vegas.

Surprised you didn't go with one of the pinkies, rainbow or Unicorn Allen.  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 10:53 PM »

Maybe you forgot about Lam Hoac. What about this?



Or this?



Or maybe....

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 10:58 PM »

I had crop circles on one of my kites. That's about as whimsical as I get.



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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2011, 11:43 PM »

Although essentially geometrical, I like the look of Tinkham's Vipers.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 02:06 AM »

John, what is the name of the kite in the first photo (bird kite), and is it still available commercially? The shape reminds me of the Kestrel's that Ray Bethel flies.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2011, 02:36 AM »

Thats a Joel Schultz Hummingbird I believe.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2011, 04:10 AM »

Variety is the spice of life, so I'll offer up some reasonable explanations and let you decide:

1)  It's hard enough to tell someone your hobby is flying kites because you'll most often being slotted into the "total sad case" category.  There's no need to make things even harder (or give them any justification) by flying a silly looking kite.

2)  Most of us don't walk around day to day with a personal image from the 60s/70s/80s/90s and that's simply due to basic fashion.  Kites are the same, I suppose.  Flouros were popular in the late 80s/early 90s, but now things have moved in a different direction and converged on neutrals with a single feature color.

3)  Kites of "whimsy" tend not to perform up to modern expectations.  Sure, the Fearless is an exception, but most people are wary of the price tag and the stigma of being in the Cult of Lam.

4)  Good taste - most of have it to a reasonable degree, some of us don't.
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2011, 06:55 AM »

Variety is the spice of life, so I'll offer up some reasonable explanations and let you decide:

3)  Kites of "whimsy" tend not to perform up to modern expectations.  Sure, the Fearless is an exception, but most people are wary of the price tag and the stigma of being in the Cult of Lam.

4)  Good taste - most of have it to a reasonable degree, some of us don't.

Stigma?   Lips sealed  Cult?   Cheesy

The sty is in the eye of the beholder,    Sad
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2011, 07:49 AM »

It seems to me there are sufficient numbers of rainbows and unicorns ( and silly faces) pulling tails around to dispel the idea that all sport kite fliers are aesthetically serious.

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