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« on: March 19, 2011, 04:01 PM »

So about three years ago I saw this nice guy fly a two stringed kite in the kite festival near my town, I recently remembered how awesome that was and decided to get one for myself.
I've never flown a two stringed kite before so I was looking to get a stunt kite that I could practice with (crashing wise). I'm worried though that there isn't really enough wind in Canada to fly most beginner kites (I think it's about 3-6mph where I live) I know the wind picks up around summer but I don't what to buy my first kite and only be able to fly it 2 or 3 months of the year. Any suggestions for what kind of brand I should get would be awesome, I heard the Beetle was ok for light wind and beginners but I also I read itís sort of difficult to fly compared to other kites. I am planning on buying a better quality one as soon as I get the hang of this one.
I live near Parksville B.C., and haven't found any other stunt flyers yet, but I've seen a couple of kids with one string's and beginner power kites beginning to show up.
Any other things like the size of the strings and tips would be great ^^'
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 05:49 PM »

Somebody pointed this deal out in the last thread about begineers light wind kites

French Connection UL - $85 - I think it's a forum only special so you won't see it in the store

I have not flown the UL but found the standard to be a decent kite, If Steve can still get these for that price that's a deal on a well spec'ed kite that should preform decently in winds of 3 mph and above for you.

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 10:57 AM »

Or, if you are patient, watch the swap meet. You could get a nice kite for a great price. The French Connections sounds like a great deal, too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 04:38 AM »

You could post in the "Wanted" section and explain what you're lookin for. The Nighthawk is a good choice too. It's pretty tough too.
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2011, 12:32 PM »

Somebody pointed this deal out in the last thread about begineers light wind kites

French Connection UL - $85 - I think it's a forum only special so you won't see it in the store

I have not flown the UL but found the standard to be a decent kite, If Steve can still get these for that price that's a deal on a well spec'ed kite that should preform decently in winds of 3 mph and above for you.




a good friend of mine has the french connection UL... Its still in his bag and still is the go-to kite for new trick attempts. its taken a fair beating over the years as well.
I wish i could have gotten this $85 deal for my first kite  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2011, 06:39 PM »

Hi Connie.M ,        Welcome to the forum. It is a pity that you are located in  B.C, and not Toronto, as we could of gotten together and you would of been able to try out a few of our kites before you buy.
There are a lot of kites available to chose from and it can be a challenging and confusing process,but i think the FC UL at $85 is a steal of a deal,as it comes complete with lines, yo-yo gliders ,yo-yo bars, tail weights, and roll -up cage. You should try and call Steve asap and get one, if they are still available. You cannot go wrong with the FC UL.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2011, 10:20 PM »

If you're ever in the Victoria neighbourhood in the near future, shoot me a message. We'll set you up with a loaner until you're ready to upgrade.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 01:05 AM »

(Sorry took so long to respond, hadnít checked my messages)
Thanks guys, I was thinking on buying the Prism Zephyr for quite while on account of the wind range but the UL seems like a great deal Tongue, specially because I wouldnít want to ruin a kite like the Zephyr. 
Freecheese that's awesome!, Iíll definitely message next time we go to Victoria.   
I'll send a message to Steve, hopefully he'll still have some left, if not ill just keep checking the bargain section
Thanks for the tips again!! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2011, 04:18 PM »

My first stunt kite which I still have is a Beetle by Flying Wings.  I loved it so much I bought a second one and now stack them when I go to the beach, thinking of working up to a 5 stack soon.  Here's a link to one to see what it looks like:

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(edit-changed link - mikenchico - no links to other retailers, especially when or Gracious Host Gone With The Wind / Chico Kites sells the same product)

I've seen a video of the Beetle being run over by a car and then flown with the tire tracks still visible.  Basically its almost indestructible and a great trainer.  The only problem I have is it won't side-slide well, but it will do alot of the beginner tricks and then some.  Oh yeah it is also about half the price of the Connection.
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 02:54 PM »

(Sorry took so long to respond, hadnít checked my messages)
Thanks guys, I was thinking on buying the Prism Zephyr for quite while on account of the wind range but the UL seems like a great deal Tongue, specially because I wouldnít want to ruin a kite like the Zephyr. 
Freecheese that's awesome!, Iíll definitely message next time we go to Victoria.   
I'll send a message to Steve, hopefully he'll still have some left, if not ill just keep checking the bargain section
Thanks for the tips again!! Smiley


Get the Zephyr! - its the kite that really unlocked tricking for me... and its pretty damn tough too!
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2011, 05:19 PM »

No mater what you get, your going to beat your first kite to death. Actually I have beaten all my kites to death. It is sports equipment, it wears out. My advice is to set a price range and then get a kite that you think looks great in the sky (your going to be looking at it alot). If I knew then what know now, I would pick the Zephyr.
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