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.
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.