As you can see from this thread this is why stunt kite flyers are a rare breed - maybe it should be this way - I mean at Asbury Park, NJ there is really not room enough for two APJ's
. I remember the first East Coast kiting event I went to at Liberty State Park - I had my Prism Quantum Pro's (SUL, Standard and Vent) - but it was strange there was not one other pilot flying a Prism - hence the QUICK jump to Custom (final step). In some ways if it was not for organizations like this maybe I would never get (as quick?) to flying my choice of custom kites and in my case from Lam. Its a long HARD road - that's why this SPORT is RESERVED ONLY for a select few wanting to take this long and winding road. When the wind is 1/2 mph off the OCEAN - everything counts - a Lam Tattoo - on 50# X 50' line. Take anything away and the whole package goes down the toliet - quickly (i.e., 90# line, a different kite requiring different inputs or possibly too heavy, a 180* shift in wind direction from the land screwing you up with ON/OFF winds etc.). Everytime I see someone trying to fly a $50 stunt kite with package wrapping type line that balls up after (3) flights - what can I do? Its almost like you have to live near a beach and have some semi-serious money to even make it ... such is this SPORT.