4 Different color schemes for the Paradox.
My idea for a demo kite so people would know who makes the kite.
Kite Party 7 2009: You can almost make out Catalina Island.
Applique and tails for Breast Cancer Awareness
Allen Carter once again flies his Reactor Pro
It's a ritual by now.
Donna Houchins with her stunning quad-line Mustang.
Truly a remarkable and unique quad-line
And here is our young lady with her kite.
Since she was modeling, I asked her to pose this Opium limited edition by R-Sky.
So does the center area look like an onion or a head of garlic to you?
Homer Simpson Rev clone
Luna Moth awaiting flight orders
Some of Allen Carter's kites.
David Bradley with an Aerostar Zerostar.
Excellent stall there Dave.
Dave and his Zero Wind Hybrid
Dave's nickname is "glider" so it seems appropriate he was flying one.
John Barresi 2 custom iQuad & Kitelife Revs done by Barry "Bazzer" Poulter.
Unless it's backlit, the individual panels are difficult to distinguish.
Very old school Griffin. Probably flown by Mike.
John Barresi Catching His Stacked Custom Rev 1.5s. The kites have been lowered from the original photo. You can see the clouds aren't quite correct on the left side of the upper kite. Note the curved line on the far right of the photo indicating the arc.
I was shooting on single shot mode. I am not a believer in continuous fire on cameras. If all you have to do is push a button, you should be able to push it at the correct time. Although I was too soon on both of these.
Just After The Catch. Note the bent frame leading edges and the blur of the kites as I had prefocused on John.
Allen Carter with a discontinued but still beautiful Prism Prophecy.
Dave with a "Moonie" Mantis by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon kites.
Donna poses her much more normally color schemed Mantis.
Wynne let me fly this one after I got the photos. I might have to rethink my Nirvana hatred as I enjoyed how this one flew. Although this one was silent, so it had a head start. To me, only the older style kites should make noise.
(Check out the reversed text on the garbage can) You can see that I have flipped the photo horizontally so the text may be read more easily. I've done that a few times throughout this album.
Single panel Rev. The entire design has been printed using dye sublimation.
Jennifer & Christopher Nelson with matching Quantum Pros by Prism.
Scott With His Self-Made Apogee
First photo of Friday morning. Hunter Brown of Focus Kites with the large and graceful Manta SLK. (Photo taken with our new Elph 990IS
That looks like a really big tail for such a small kite.
Crandall and I face off with dueling cameras.
A beautiful Manta by Focus Kites. Flown by Hunter Brown.
This kite can be flown in no wind with good timing on your pulls.
Manta, Hunter Brown, Focus pyramid.
Ben flies this Bazzer Masterpiece Flames Rev.
George stalls his Talon for me.
Looks like the U.S.A. has Great Britain surrounded here.
Paul DeBakker with a Focus Kites Hydra.
The Hydra responds well to small hand motions.
Ben reappears with his Flames Revolution.
(l-r) Paul de Bakker, Hydra, Hunter Brown
Note the reinforced mylar used on the trailing edge. It's pretty hard to miss.
David Cathey with his quad-line Skydancer.
John Mason calls this his "ZAP" quad-line.
Alex Herzon stalls this big Venom for me.
The twin tails of the Skydancer are caught on the kite lines of the Prophesy.
Rev clone done entirely of Prismatex. You can see the color sparkles throughout the lower right of the photo.
Bazzer has made a US and British flag Masterpiece Series Rev. I really like this one.
You decide which is the prettiest.
Paul de Bakker with a Focus Kites Hydra.
Focus Kites "Hydra"
Paul keeps his hands inside his sleeves on this cool evening fly.
The Hydra only needs and wants small hand inputs for tricks.
Hunter Brown takes photos of his co-creation Hydra sport kite.
I wish my tip-stands were nice like this one.
Sean Gurganian with an R-Sky Cesium.
April modeling the Cesium.
B-Series Rev 1.5 Mid-Vent (You can see how the outer "vertical" panels are made of mesh screen.
Mid-Vent Rev 1.5 B-Series in upside down hover.
Breast Cancer Awareness Applique Rev standard with matching twin tails.
Revs look like they were made for the twin tail treatment.
Ben Dantonio sets up these stunning twin Revolution "Bazzer Masterpiece" banners made from rejected skins.
Jim Strealy with a Benson "Inner Space". Then Dan Burnham with a Blue Moon "Exile". Then Allen Carter with a PBSK "Warrior". Donna is on the right.
Jim dives his Benson "Inner Space" for the shot.
Exile by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Dan Burnham shows us his good side.
(Information provided by Allen Carter) This is the SUL version of the Wind Whip. The kite is slightly smaller than a Bad Boy. AerZero by Peter Betancourt.
Prism SUL Vapor. This is now a discontinued model and is sought after by collectors.
Normally, the early morning winds at Huntington Beach are very light. Usually, the 4 line kites are sitting on the ground and the dual-line SULs are up in the soft winds.
Four Masterpiece Revs (about $2500) just lying in the sand.
Maybe $8000 in Masterpiece Revolutions getting sandy.
Your sound system is only as good as your speakers.
Banner row and speaker setup in progress.
Inflatable ribs make this a water foil.
Black, White and Red are the power colors in kiting it seems.
Hunter Brown (l), Mark Reed (c) and Paul de Bakker (right). That's a lot of kite knowledge right there.
Mike takes a break from flying stacks. Donna Houchins and Allen Carter in red shirts.
Amazing black spot on photo. I guess we'll never know who he or she might be with that Rev clone.
Jon Trennepohl (c) of Skyburner Kites and Mark Reed (r) of Prism Designs.
Manta by Focus Kites
Ron Gibian with his Masterpiece Dragon Revolution.
Ron Gibian holds up his Masterpiece Revolution. By his, I mean he designed and made it.
Ron asked for a shot of his kite on the sand.
Mr. Lummas flies is Isis SUL for me.
Red and White and Black are very popular colors on banners and kites.
Ben (l) and Dave (r) at the Saturday morning pilots' meeting.
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All applique (well the grey rocks have some airbrushing and maybe the grass and mountains) by Barry "Bazzer" Poulter.
Yank and catch. Ron was determined not to let the Rev hit the sand. He barely made it. Note the arc of the 4 lines.
It seems a shame to fly this much artwork. That may just be my favorite Rev. Sweet.
Widow Maker by Skyburner Kites.
Tattoo Zero SUL hung up for me by Dano.
Alex Herzog with his custom quad-line kite. Very pretty indeed.
Paul de Bakker flies his Skate while waiting for Lisa to join him.
Indoor/Outdoor by New Tech Kites. Designed by Dodd Gross.
Geo Pointer held by Jon Trennepohl.
Ron Gibian Arch
Jim Cosca's amazing legs.
IAN ESPOSO writes, "That kite was made by Art Ross for Robert Loera. I was one of the first to fly it when Art brought it to Hawaii for Robert." STEVE HALL writes, "I saw Art fly it at WSIKF 2002 or 2003. It was solf to Dick Daniels from Reno several years later ... Dick brought it with him to Chico for one of our fly's. Impressive kite."
Barely got the camera out of the bag for this shot.
Mark Reed tuning his Prism E3 prototype at Kite Party 7 in 2009.
Mark Reed takes a moment to smile for the camera while holding his Prism E3.
Prism E3 at Huntington Beach, CA.
Mark Reed can make any sport kite do amazing things.
Dave Shenkman plays peekaboo with the kids. And this after he told us not to fly our kites over the crowds.
The 4-line Revs sometimes wander over the on-lookers on the Boardwalk.
People would reach up and touch the kites.
Steve Gurganian learning to fly quad-line.
Sharon Champie normally flies fighter kites.
Looks like a pain in the neck kind of day.
Manufacturer's Shoot for Kite Party 7.
Dave Shenkman getting ready to pound in some stakes to mark off the kiters' boundaries.
Sean Gurganian with a Focus Skate SLK.
Lifeguard tryouts that morning.
Mike with one of his Griffins.
Mega-Vented Revolution. Not stock.
Kite Connection Custom Colors for this Rev.
Although it looks like I'm finally going to own a Blue Moon Exile, I ended up passing it along to another worthy Italian. Thanks anyway.
Two Exiles, no waiting.
George flies his Blue Moon 61/49 SLK glider.
Mike Dennis & Pam Kirk with a modernized Team Hawaiian. This version has APA fittings, Skyshark tubes and weighs in about 6 ounces lighter than the original. I even did an axel to fade with it.
Dave flies his Lam Hoac Sea Devil.
Official Kite Party Sand Tester
Local photography club coming out to snap pictures of kites.
I am lying on my back in the sand to get this shot.
Focus Jinx from 2008 model year. Now discontinued.
I guess birds want to be in trees.
Jim Cosca with SkyDog Delta.
Huge Premier Promotional Foil & Tail
44 Crossed Lines from 11 Revolutions.
40 Crossed Lines
Skydog Cross Fire designed by Dodd Gross. 91" wingspan.
Skydog Rainbow Freebird designed by Dodd Gross. 74" wingspan.
Skydog Sweet Emotion designed by Dodd Gross. This is the trickiest and highest cost Skydog sport kite.
Skydog Dream On designed by Dodd Gross. Aproximately 87" wingspan.
SkyDog Kites Dream On. Designed by Dodd Gross.
Skydog Thunderstruck designed by Dodd Gross. Approximately 5 ft wingspan.
Widow Maker with Q-flaps
California Wasp by Miguel Rodriguez. Made in 1991 for Lam Hoac. I have since traded this kite for an Airdynamics Odyssey UL.
A few deail shots of the California Wasp.
Vented Soul by Bell Chiu for Flying Wing Kites.
When I'm both flying the kite and taking photos, I like to put a twist in the lines to make the photo look more dynamic. At least in my eyes anyway.
Tricktail with memorial black ribbon tail. Flown on the day I found out Brian Todd died.
Joe Hadzicki of Revolution Kites at Lake Ivanpah. Joe likes to buggy with the Power Blast.
This was the insurance shot. Although I prefer the first picture over this one.
Jon Trennepohl of Skyburner Kites
Vented Level Once C21
My attempt at making an alternative venting system for the very popular Rev 1.5 quad-line kite. I used the soldering iron seen in the lower photo.
6000 holes burned into a Revolution 1.5
Approximately 6000 holes poked into an older B-Series Rev 1.5 on loan from Steve K. Brown.
Master Control by Lam Hoac (Upper Photo is the Mid-Vent, Lower Photo is the Full-Vent)
HQ Infinity Standard & Vented By Andreas Koopman
HQ Vented Infinity
HQ Vented Infinity Sport Kite
Cross Fire by Skydog kites. Designed by Dodd Gross.
Reprise SLK by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Reprise by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Kent Kingston holds his Geo-Pointer made by Skyburner Kites.
Utopia by Flying Wing held by Brandon.
Insync by Bell Chiu
Insync designed by Bell Chiu of Flying Wing Kites. A full sized sport kite with 2 sets of interchangeable standoffs and adjustable bridle.
Masquerade by Wayne Knott of Dreamweaver Kties. Kite originally made for Jim Byrne, who passed it forward to me. Thanks Jim.
(text by Ian Esposo) Iwa Bird made by my former team mate Romeo Collado. There are several still around.
Testing My New D5000 Nikon with 200mm Zoom (Hand Held Night Shot)
T2 by Peter Taylor of Airdynamics Kites in England.
Rubin (not Red nor Pink) Inner Space by Tim Benson
The Tracer. Designed and built by Mike Simmons.
Spica Pro: Aerostar Sport kites (Paul Shirey)
Well, it's the next day, September 5th and I got pictures of 3 more kites. The Spica Pro was first and got the best light. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
I use to claim the original Spica was the ugliest kite ever made. Some called it the Warthog in a loving way. Later, when the Spica Pro came out, Paul split 2 of the panels where the blue meets the lower white in the photo. After that, many of the designs people came up with were quite pleasing in a bold way. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Sonic: Buena Vista Kites (Designed by Peter Werba)
This almost 9 foot kite has an extremely high aspect ratio. It will easily yoyo without weights. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Bad Boy UL: Designed & Built by Peter Betancourt
This kite was made in 1997 and looks very much like a Tracer UL with its very broad flexible nose, long keel, standoff placement and general shape. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Midi-Sandpiper by Chris Matheson
Mojo standard by Ken McNeill of Blue Moon Kites.
Styx City (STX 2.1 in the USA) designed by Jean Paul Conne
This particular kite was sewn by JPC as well. It is made in the European UL color scheme, although this kite is framed as a standard. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Prism Elixir "Berkeley Edition"
Mojo Patriotic RWB by Ken McNeill Of Blue Moon Kites. This is a 2nd generation panel layout. The wingtip panels are still curved, but the center panels are no longer curved like the original 1st generation. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Randy Tom's "Lady In The Mask" This is a Masterpiece Series Revolution 1.5 framed in UL rods. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Revolution UFO zero wind kite. Comes with line and wand seen on the left. Wow, it looks like the car in the background has soccer balls for tires.
New Millennium by Dean Jordan
New Millenium 10209 (Oct 20, 2009)
Black Looks So Good When It's Backlit. Kite held by Corey Jensen. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
New Millennium 10309 (Oct 30, 2009) "Dean's Headache"
That's what it says on the kite: "Dean's Headache". (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
I Can See Why This Would Cause A Headache
At least to make, not to look at. I like it. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
Vanishing Point by Peter Betancourt. This PBSK beauty is framed in Response Zero rods. Paul Fouts was kind enough to let me be the new caretaker. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)
"El Pronto" by Azur. (text transferred by Jim Swenson)