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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2011, 03:04 AM »

+1 on the Inner Space; wonderfully floaty kite! And on sleeved loops is exactly how I fly it usually.
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2011, 06:55 AM »

What are your favorite precision SULs?

a suggestion not yet made - Benson Inner Space - flies in next to nothing (or nothing with a little legwork)

Whilst I'd never be without my IS, it's not what I'd call precise!
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2011, 08:33 AM »

What are your favorite precision SULs?

a suggestion not yet made - Benson Inner Space - flies in next to nothing (or nothing with a little legwork)

Whilst I'd never be without my IS, it's not what I'd call precise!

You're probably right there - it takes some concentration to fly clean straight lines and sharp corners with it.

I flew a Matrix SUL a few years back - that was probably more precise...
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2011, 08:50 AM »

I've got a Blue Moon Exile UL you are welcome to try. I try to fly at Delta Park twice a week.

You should definitely try this one - its a UL, but it flys lower (with a loaded sail) than most full-sized SULs that I've tried.  The thing I like most about this one over the Shadow, 4D, Inner-Space, etc is that it pretty much feels like a full size Exile - no "twitchyness" or special handling required, just fly it like the standard but in less wind with more drive. 

If you like the loaded-sail feeling of the Shadow then you will probably like this kite as well.  It reminds me of the Shadow in some good ways (good low wind drive, loaded sail, older school but does new stuff as well), but bigger, better made, and more stable.  Ken's kites have a "smoothness" in flight that is hard to describe.
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2011, 06:51 PM »

You're talking precision SULs and nobody has mentioned the Prism Vapor?  She could do some amazing precision flying with hers.



We still have it.  I won't sell it because it matches the Quantum Pro that was a gift to her from Mark Reed.
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2011, 07:11 PM »

You're talking precision SULs and nobody has mentioned the Prism Vapor?  She could do some amazing precision flying with hers.



We still have it.  I won't sell it because it matches the Quantum Pro that was a gift to her from Mark Reed.
No it wasn't mentioned but your right it is a great SUL.  Unfortunately its also one of the hardest ones to get (took 2 years to find mine)and still one of the most expensive out there.  FOr what she is looking for the Vapor is a bit out of the realm of possibility
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« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2011, 07:28 PM »

Her first one was a raggedy patched one that I didn't pay much for.  I suppose they were easier to find a few years ago.

I've got a North Shore Kona UL here somewhere.  Just try to find one of those!  It will fly great precision, but that's about all it will do.
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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2011, 07:43 PM »

Her first one was a raggedy patched one that I didn't pay much for.  I suppose they were easier to find a few years ago.

I've got a North Shore Kona UL here somewhere.  Just try to find one of those!  It will fly great precision, but that's about all it will do.
YEa you can get rough ones once in a while for cheap but they tend to be RREEEAAALLLY rough.  I just recently spent 2 weeks restoring a vapor for Smeagol here on the forums.  Good shape vapors with no tears in the monofilm still run $300 and up and barely flown ones if you can find them go for up to $450.

YOur Kona ul is a rare prize. I'd put that on in the same realm as the vapor and PD SUL for precision and if you do it right it will do some basic flat spin stuff.
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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2011, 08:20 PM »

Where's John Chilese?  He has a nice shot of the Kona.  I also remember a beautiful shot of the NSR with the San Francisco Cliff House behind it.
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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2011, 08:41 PM »

Here is a team that flies them.  THe have a nice pic up too.

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/teamspectrumkites/Kites.html
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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2011, 09:13 PM »

I found John's shot of the Kona.  I hope he doesn't mind if I post it.  It's been flown maybe twice.



I found that Cliff house shot.  It's an original TOTL NSR with a Wardley active bridle and Skyshark P400 frame by me.



In all our years of flying it, not one broken rod.  I flew it at the Seal Beach Kite Festival one year in a 30+ wind storm with a 100 foot tail.  Nobody else was willing to fly, but the show must go on.  We used a shorter top spreader for precision competition.  The leading edges actually bent inwards slightly.  It was more precise that way.   
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