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Author Topic: Help Identify This Kite - St. Augustine FL - Mid 90s  (Read 644 times)
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« on: May 30, 2013, 02:49 PM »

I got this kite as part of a mid 90's collection I purchased as the flyer has had shoulder replacement surgery and cannot fly any longer.  He said he had it custom made by someone in St. Augustine, FL in the mid 1990s but he did not recall who.  No signatures or labels that I could identify.  I think I have the standoffs in correctly but am not 100%.





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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 03:39 PM »

Pam Markie used that style of standoff.

Photo from 2003.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 05:27 PM »

You might want to ask dean....he might know...
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 03:16 AM »

As I look at information on Renegade Kites - Pam Markie's company - it seems they were based in Fremont, CA.  And as I look at the details of the construction on her kites the quality and attention to detail is much higher on her kites.  This nicely finished tubing center T - with the bridle lines inside the tubing - and the well done reinforcing and stitching.



So I would guess that the builder of the kite I have simply picked up the idea for the standoff style.  I will drop dean a line and see if he knows. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 05:06 AM »

From dean jordan - That is an ArrowHead Kite by Phil Costello.  It is one of his later models. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 07:55 AM »

Castillo is closer to correct. Phil was flying blindfolded in comp in the heyday.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 02:08 PM »

I got the spelling from a 2004 era post on kite history here at GWTW by Al Hargus - and from an article in SKQ - and from an article in the Jacksonville newspaper circa 2000.  But dean thought the spelling was off as well.  Now that I search with Castillo I find other references in rec.kites and a Kite Life article by Al Hargus.  I have no personal knowledge but guess they are one and the same.  Either way - seems he was well known for a blindfold routine that resulted in mostly crashes.  And later a routine where he jumped through and around his lines while flying.  A picture in the KL article. 

http://www.kitelife.com/old-issues/issue-21-march-2001-tangents-and-trivia/#
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