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« on: March 29, 2016, 08:23 PM »

So, I was active into kiting for a few years back at the turn of the century.  A few names on the forum that I still recognize.  Smiley  That was back when I was in Sunnyvale and knew and met Dan, Steve, John, etc.

Then I moved to a place that killed the kiting desire in me.  That was Tucson, AZ.  I did fly a kite there once and a while, but mostly I sold off my collection.  I believe that I sold a few of them to people here, too.  There are many nice things about Tucson, but man, I hated being outside when a hairdryer was cooler than the wind.  I still have a few kites.

As it so happens, I got sick.  Real sick.  Not cancer, but after the chemo, it is currently in remission and of course I reevaluated life.  It took a while, but I moved back up to the Pacific NW.

Now I am in Bothell, which is a small suburb of Seattle.  In moving, I found a box of kites.  Most are broken to some degree.  I want to fix them.  I still have a ton of odds and ends.  The first thing that I do is come here.  I read many of the unread posts.  Things change.  I've changed.  Not necessarily bad.  I've been lurking for about a week.  It surprises me how many dead links there are in the kiting world.  But enough of that.  On to my questions.

I keep seeing references to "new" tricks.  I have old school kites.  I've got Tricktails, Utopias, Revs, and so forth.  I think that I have a few Prism kites, too.  I'm going to start going through the box this week.  The last that I remember, Nirvana was the hot kite.  I think that it had a sliding tail weight in it, but I could be mistaken.  Anyway, I poked around looking for new tricks, but I kept finding the old ones.  What are these "new" tricks?

Where to get parts?  I tried emailing A Wind of Change, but have received no answer back.  It looks like he may be moving, so maybe I just caught him at a bad time.  Any other places?

Are many kite sites basically "dead"?  For example, Kite Bookie hasn't had a post since 2014.  Dave at The Kite Connection used to have a forum, it looks like it isn't there anymore.  This is just curiosity.

Where are good places to fly in Seattle?  I know about Golden Gardens, Kite Hill, and Magnuson.  Are there still kite shops in the area?  There used to be one down in Pioneer Square and one at Gas Works.  Prism used to be by Lake Union.  The best that I have found so far is REI, which is lame (for kites).

Anyway, I am excited to get back into it.  Sorry for the long post.


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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2016, 09:20 PM »

Welcome back Brett!

A lot of kite stuff seems to happen on Facebook these days, apparently.

I wouldn't know about that, not being on Facebook.

Check this out:

Fractured Axel in the UK is worth a look, even though it's gone quiet.

Drachen Forum as well.

Kite building has been coming on strong of late.

Plenty of guys here will fill you in on that.

Anyway, mostly just saying hello...
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2016, 10:23 PM »

Good to hear from you again, Brett! My memory is sketchy these days, but did you have a lot of Level One kites back in the day?

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2016, 10:41 PM »

Write all the long posts you want Brett.

Welcome back.  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 04:13 AM »

Welcome back, Brett. Happy to help you with parts and spars and stuff for fixing up the old kites. Swing by anytime.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2016, 04:20 AM »

If you're into Facebook, there are a few groups that you might like:  Stuntkite Classics, Stuntkitetutorials, and Stuntkitevideos.  The later two will clue you in to where freestyle is today.  Oh, and search OSTK (open source trick kite) on youtube to bring up some really good flying with today's hot homebuilt kites.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2016, 05:35 AM »

heya heya heya!!!Brett is back and better than eva' heya hyea brett is back!

Good to hear you are up on your feet!   

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Kites kayaks & corgis again!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2016, 12:24 PM »

Hi Brett!

Welcome back to one of the BayLads from another displaced 'Lad!

Another great source for kite parts and kites is Kites and Fun Things, the on-line store for our Sponsor Skyshark. Certainly the best place for tubes (straight from the source) but also lots of other stuff. Jon & Marianne are very helpful and I don't know of anyone else with more sport kite building and repair knowledge than Jon. A great resource.


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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2016, 04:32 PM »

Brett:  Greetings and welcome to the NW.  I'm a relative newcomer to the NW kite scene but have been chasing wind and kites seriously for the past 5+ years in various forms.

I can offer a couple comments and observations to address some of your questions.  There are most certainly fewer kite shops around than there used to be.  As I have gotten into kitemaking, I've found that's mostly an on-line game these days and Fly Market and Kites and Fun Things are a couple of great sources for kites, parts and material.  The Seattle area kite flying locations you mention are still worth a quick fix but I've had more and more conflicts with other folks, dogs and crowding than I ever used to at those places.  It gets frustrating trying to match up a good wind day with a sparse crowd.  We like to fly at Chambers Bay near Tacoma when we can just because it's a really nice, big park that gets some good exposure for wind.  On a nice day the setting is really neat.  Unfortunately that's been off limits to us for some time since the U.S. Open was held there.  They really messed up the flying field area, and have since replanted it, but the last trip I made the field was still ringed with tape to stay out.  I'm hoping that reopens soon.   I admit that's a bit of a run from Bothell but it can be worth it, and on nice weekends you'll generally find some other kite addicts.

I'd be happy to talk kites and other places to try flying at your convenience, and congratulations on overcoming your past difficulties.  Kiting can be a great way to forget some of life's troubles.   NWFlyer
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