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Father’s Day turned out to be a beautiful day to fly kites on the beach.  The temperature was lower than the past days.  The humidity dropped markedly and the winds were perfect.  Well, actually they were a little higher than predicted but still perfect for the new and larger kites we planned to fly.

We brought one of the two kites my husband received for Father’s Day.  He had said weeks before that he liked a butterfly kite.  So today he flew his own blue butterfly kite.

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Blue Butterfly Kite by Skydog Kites

The slightly higher winds were perfect for the two larger kites we wanted to fly.  The first was the large skeleton kite that is a new release by Premier Kites this year.  They have three styles of skeleton kites in two sizes.  While I don’t normally go for big kites, on a whim, I did get the larger of the skeleton kites.  After seeing it in the sky, I’m glad I did.  The other kite was a one that has been in our bag for two years without being flown.  It is a square-headed dragon kite with a lion motif.  It is a beautiful kite made by Go Fly A Kite, a company no longer in business.

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Lion Dragon Kite by Go Fly A Kite

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Dia de los Muertos Skeleton Kite by Premier Kites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Dixon of Kites Unlimited just happened to bring along the black skeleton in the smaller size.  It took a little maneuvering but we got both skeletons to fly next to one another without tangling.  They looked pretty good together.

Skeletons

All the single line kites were flying so well, I took the opportunity to get my full-vent Kites Unlimited Rev out and get some much-needed practice.  And someone else took advantage of the fact I put the camera down.  I’ll have to be more careful where I leave it next time.

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Fair Winds All.

 

 

 

Tropical Storm Bonnie played havoc with any kiting plans this weekend.  Not because of high winds nor lots of rain but because the rain came in irregular squalls  That made us very reluctant to take our kites out to the beach.  The weather predictions said rain all day, all weekend.  The actual weather was  warm and sunny with unexpected showers that would drench anyone and anything and then blow through, leaving more sunshine in its wake.  It was aggravating to see all that sunshine and know that as soon as you walked from the car to the beach, it would start to rain again.  So there was no kite flying on the holiday.

What was scheduled was a talk for an OLLI group (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) from Duke University at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  This is a group of retired individuals living around Durham, NC who do not believe that retirement means you sit at home watching television for the rest of your days.  The institute coordinates continuing education classes at the university and group trips  to visit new places and gain new experiences.  As part of this trip, the group was learning about kites and kite flying.  Don Dixon of Kites Unlimited gave the presentation and my husband helped by bringing kites to show and talk about what we like to fly.  My part of the program was to show the kites I had made.  As there were quilt makers in the group, this brought up discussions about the techniques used to make the kites.  The group was small but they all were interested and a few came to the kite shop the next day and bought kites to take home.

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The weather cleared up the day after Memorial Day.  Most of the weekend visitors had left the beach so we went out for a short afternoon fly.  I really needed some practice with a quad line kite so the only one I carried was the Shook Mesh Revolution.  The Shook Mesh is only made by Elliot Shook of Flying Smiles Kite Shop in Corolla, NC.  However, they are available from our local kite shop, Kites Unlimited in Atlantic Beach, NC.  It was the perfect kite for the winds that day and we had a wonderful couple of hours on a relatively empty beach.

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The Shook Mesh Revolution Kite

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Fair Winds All.

A person couldn’t ask for a more beautiful morning.  The temperature was mild, the sun was out and the winds were light, in the 5-7 mph range.  The clouds moved in not too much later but the beach was still the place to be.  This was the day for the first flight of my new light wind kite, the Laima.  It looks like a bird soaring high in the sky and floats on the lightest of winds.

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The Laima by Flying Wings

There was quite a variety of kites in the air along with my Laima; a white Ghost delta kite with a jellyfish on the line, the low-wind Skate, a Triangulation and a smaller power sled.

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Ghost Delta by Gomberg Kites with Jellyfish by Premier Kites

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Laima by Flying Wings and a power sled

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Triangulation by HQ Kites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was also a good day to do some test flying of new kites.  Two of Skydog Kites new offerings flew very well in the light winds and you couldn’t help but smile when looking at them.  One was a parrot and the other was a butterfly.  Perfect kites for families on vacation.

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Parrot by Skydog Kites

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Butterfly by Skydog Kites

I took advantage of the morning to fly my little Wisp.  It is such a great low wind dual line stunt kite but oh, so sensitive to the inputs.  It took me a couple of launches to get used to it again.  Then the fun began.  Loops and dives and tight little spins.

Before leaving, I took some time to try out the Reflex from Revolution kites, their latest model quad line.  The early descriptions have it as a low wind kite for the beginner quad line flyer.  So this was the perfect day to give it a trial.

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The Reflex by Revolution Kites

To me it appeared to be a slower flyer but easy to handle.  At times it seemed to drift in the wind and feel soft on the handles.  I wasn’t using the light-weight handles that come with but had it on my regular no-snag handles.  I had an easier time with an inverse hover which I’ve never been able to do well. This trial was an easy fly, no hard “spanking” or tricks.  Mostly smooth moves and slow lazy turns and loops.  Just want a beginning flyer would try to do.  I didn’t try the launch from a flat position nor the classic “dive-stop”.  I did like the Reflex more than I thought I would.  So there you have it.

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Fair Winds All.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind was strong this past kite club fly day and the sun was out.  Woohoo!  However, it was chilly and the last day that the grandkids were down for a visit.  So there was no kite flying for us this weekend.

There was kiting activity of another sort in our house recently.  I have added two new Revolution kites to the kite bag.  The first is a kite I saw in a photograph from the KTAI (Kite Trade Association International) convention.  Only a small segment of it was visible but it was enough for me to want to see the whole thing and maybe see if I could get one like it.  As it turns out, our local kite shop owners came home with it and I got to see it close up.  Than only made me want one even more.  A quick phone call was all it took.  I am now the proud owner of the red geisha Revolution.  The kite skin was designed and printed by Los Hermanos Gonzalez in Spain.  Then it went to Revolution Kites in California to be bridled and framed.  And finally to me in NC.

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The second Revolution kite is really a piece of history.  The first Revolution kites were called the Neos Omega.  It was only after a law suit regarding the use of the name that Revolution Kites became as we know it today.  There weren’t too many kites made before the name change.  One of those originals is now mine.  Because of the size of a reinforcement in the center “V” of the kite, it has been identified as one of the first 80 kites made.  The first 20 kites had no reinforcement at all so that makes this kite one of only 60.  And it comes to me new and un-flown.

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I have been asked of I will fly the Neos Omega.  The answer is yes but only for special exhibition purposes.  I have plenty of others to fly day-to-day.

Fair Winds All.

 

 

The weather cleared, the temperatures moderated and new kites were ready for their first flight.  Ever since I flew the two stack of Revs I had in my mind to try a stack of three.  The day finally came when I could train my three Rev custom B-Pros (full vent, mid vent, full sail) together.  The winds were about 11 mph when we reached the beach.  It took me a little time to get all the kites ready and the lines attached.  Upon launching, the pull took me by surprise.  They flew great but I did have to be careful and ride the brake a bit.  After landing, a check of the wind showed it had risen to gusts of 14 mph.  This made me a little nervous because I certainly didn’t want to break anything on my first three-stack fly.  I flew enough to know I had control and to get photos of those great looking Revs.

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In order to have some additional color in the sky, I put up both of my Brasington trains.  They danced in the wind and drew compliments from some of the beach walkers.  That’s what this kite flying is all about.  Bringing smiles to those who see the kites in the air.

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The weekly club fly was a couple of days later.  Temperatures had dropped and so had the wind.  The usual Sunday morning state of affairs.  But this time I was prepared.  I recently purchased a new low wind kite, the Skydog Black Dog UL.  I had flown this kite a few years ago and was impressed with it.  With all the low wind days we’ve been having, I decided to treat myself.  It didn’t hurt that this kite was in my favorite color combination, red and black.  The cooler temperatures and low wind kept all but a couple of flyers at home.  They missed a beautiful day on the beach and I had a fun morning flying my new kite.

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Black Dog UL by Skydog Kites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair Winds All.

 

Six-stack of Hyperkites

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