"Moxie" by Peter Betancourt. This is an 8 ft UL which is graceful and unique in theme. It is representing a 50s hot rod theme. Photo taken at Shoreline Kite Park after a recent rain.
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Wayne Fu with a repaired Prism Vapor.
3 Vapor SULs by Prism Kites.
Mitch with his Prism vented Illusion.
Team Airzone corners a Slingshot foil.
Britt putting a Vapor into a low fade at Shoreline Park, CA.
My son Britt tricking a Prism Vapor at Shoreline Park, CA.
Wayne Fu and Allen Carter at Shoreline Park, CA.
Benson Phantom flown by Allen Carter at Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA.
Allen Carter flying a Benson Phantom at Shoreline Park, CA.
3 Mojos flown and held by Jessica Olivia and Dale at Shoreline Park, CA.
Stranger Level 7
Jon Trennepohl with his Skyburner Delta Drive
Jon Trennepohl watches as Walter Park gives the Delta Drive a workout. I think that Brent Jensen is over on the right.
My favorite Delta Drive Picture. Even though the whole kite didn't make it into the frame. And, as a bonus, a TrickTail in the background. Life is good.
CdC DFM 2.5. Continuing in the line of STX kites which are 1.9, 2.1, and 2.3 meters. This team kite at 2.5 meters is just a shade over 8 feet in wingspan. Designed by Jean-Paul Conne.
Christoph Fokken with an HQ Trion.
Obsession II by Christoph Fokken.
Obsession II by HQ.
Christoph Fokken with a butterfly SLK
Mid-Vent SkyMaster by Lam Hoac
Ron Graziano with one of his Machines.
John Barresi flys his Revolution 1 dog stake.
Techno by New Tech Kites. Designed and flown by Dodd Gross.
Andy Wardley with the prototype for the Benson Deep Space
Tim Benson with the prototype Deep Space.
Mike Esposito (l), John & Bambi. Kites are ZeroStar (l), Thor's Hammer, Beast. Photographer unknown.
Dodd Gross flies a Stranger Level 7 after Jim Byrne has had his turn.
Ron Graziano with his self-made Machine in "Wonder Bread" colors. Ron said he was using material he had sitting around. I actually like it, just for being different. In Ron's hands, this kite is indeed a "Machine".
Cecil with one of his many kites. Cecil is an excellent trick flier.
Tool used to make sure both lines are the same length or how far they are off.
David Kirk holds up a "Stealth" Kona UL by Top Of The Line
Miguel Rodriguez with his self-designed and made California Wasp.
Red, White & Blue Prism Propecy
Like kite stake, like owner.
Mark with his newly acquired Gecko.
And here is Mark's Gecko. Pretty striking in the red/yellow combination.
Robin (an outstanding flier) with his beautiful X-Masque Vented.
Wally with his monochrome X-Masqure Rage.
Sam holds up his California Wasp.
Herb Weldon "Synchro" owned and held by Dave Sabilino
Detail of center applique on Synchro
May 2005. Dave Sabilino holds his beautiful Dreamweaver Angel kite.
Closeup of the applique of Dave's Dreamweaver.
Ichiban by Blue Moon Kites
Quantum Pro by Prism Kites.
Big Dipper UL held by Bruce.
Big Dipper UL held by my former manager when I worked at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale.
Ari hold up his Ron Graziano Machine at Lake Mead, NV.
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Opera flown here by Bambi.
The Opera got its own share of on-lookers.
Taken from Kitelines Magazine (Vol 11, # 1):
Wingspan: 116 in.
Height: 53 in.
Weight: 13 oz.
Frame: 3 wrap graphite
Wind Range: 2-25 mph
Rec. Lines: 80-150#
We admit it; we expected this kite to be good. Bob Childs is a top stunt kite competitor, and his kites, sold under the company name It's A Breeze, have enjoyed and enviable reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Early this year, the company introduced a new variation on its Jabberwocky design, the 10-foot WhangDoodle.
The WhangDoodle is very well constructed using Carrington sailcloth on a 3-wrap Advantage carbon frame. Apart from its size, its most interesting design feature is the inflatable cells located just behind and along both leading edges. The cells inflate in flight to give the WhangDoodle a very thick wing profile, said to redirect airflow across the back of the wing and produce more laminar flow at the trailing edge.
The Moxie on the left is a full 8 foot kite. The Whangdoodle is almost 10 feet across and quite tall.
Whangdoodle inlet panel, used to inflate the leading edge with the intent of giving a teardrop shape to the profile of the wing.
Inflated Leading Edge of Whangdoodle
The Whangdoodle by Bob Childs (I'm about 5'9")
Whangdoodle flown by Britt.
"Speed Limit" by Paul Shuman of Aerodrone Sport Kite. This kite has passive dynamic venting. There are 4 flaps which open and close depending on the wind pressure. The upper right photo shows the outer flap in its "open" position. This is a heavy "old school" kite that works to moderate varying wind speed very well. Not a trickster.