Kite Connection New Building
This couple seemed to always be in front of the camera. Nice new store Mr. Shenkman.
Dave Shenkman, Mr. Kite Party himself.
Jynx flies her "Night" Revolution.
Mike with a 2 stack of 10 foot California Condors. Mike is totally old school.
Kurt somehow is affecting the shape of the bol, even though it is upwind. Quite a trick there Kurt.
(l-r) Donna, the Fosters, & Mike.
Mid-Vent Rev clone. It has a cool name, but I forgot it.
It's really Fl Yellow, but Revolution calls it lime.
Mike with a 7 stack of Prism Nexus kites.
I should have asked him how many of these kites he can stack. He is a stackoholic.
Donna with a discontinued Prism Eclipse.
And the star would be the clever way Donna fixed a tear in the sail.
Is that Dave? Dave, is that you? I'm guessing this is a B-Series Pro Revolution by Barry "Bazzer" Poulter.
Donna tries out my Styx City made by Jean-Paul Conne. It is framed as a standard although the colors are from the European UL. The red horns have a reinforcement triangle near the inner standoff which covers part of the red.
Odyssey UL by Airdynamics (Peter Taylor). I traded a CA Wasp (made in 1991 for Lam Hoac) for this pink beauty.
Allen is a low wind junkie. And this big, beautiful UL was just what the doctor ordered.
Who said pink doesn't fade? There's a fade right now.
On a Friday morning with little wind, Donna spent a few minutes with my Vanishing Point.
Peter Betancourt kites are to be gracefully flown, not yanked about.
Fades in light wind are very sweet.
I am a sucker for applique. Rainbow a bonus. The tire tracks are from an idiot lifeguard who drove through the kite lines.
Exile UL on long term loan to Allen from Doug.
Allen side slides this beautiful Exile UL
Allen loves ULs and low wind and being barefoot in the sand.
Dave with his B-Series Pro Rev 1.5
Kevin Bayless with his self-made patchwork Rev
John Barresi axels his iQuad Blue Revolution.
Last year Donna had a white Mustang quad-line. This year its a red one with slightly different dimensions.
Future driver being held by mom.
I asked Donna to make a stretch limo for her next car kite.
Shenkman sent a few of the kiters to the parking lot to find potential new kiters. The boys seem to have found a likely candidate.
George with a Sano by Aerostar (Paul Shirey).
Where's George? Normally, I like to get the pilot and lines. Didn't do that, but the kite sure looks good, even if the horizon is a few degrees off.
Wakeless Kites Progressive Stack by Kevin Bayless & Tad Wakeman
2 Progressive stacks flown by Kevin and Tad.
You can just see Kevin Bayless in the lower left hand corner. He's flying the gray stack. Tad is off screen.
(l-r) Kites, Tad WAKEman, Kevin BayLESS. I capatilized the parts of their last names that they used to make Wakeless Kites. Pay no attention to the extra arm and legs in the photo.
So I gave the boys my 30 foot lines so the photos would have the pilot and the kites at a good scale. They had to adjust to flying on such short lines. That rear kite is 10 feet across.
After Tad had flown, Kevin took his turn on the short line set.
Tad and Kevin pose with the kites.
Here's the best shot from the bunch. You can see all 6 kites, both kitemakers and Catalina Island.
300 Sq Ft of patchwork foil. It was very stable and well anchored.
I asked Kevin and Tad to take off their hats for this photo. It was a stretch, but they managed.
Dave poses this stunning Rev. What do you call that panel effect anyway?
Skyburner Pro Dancer Standard. Jon Trennepohl (left) believes this is the first sport kite to have enlarged wingtip areas.
(Ocius Prototype, pilot Jon Trennepohl) My first attempt at getting the front of the pilot, front of the kite and lines. Jon threw the lines to get the flip. The kite went through a full revolution and then I caught it on its 2nd rotation. So you're actually seeing the front of the kite. Sadly, on a black kite, the effect is a bit lost.
(Ocius Prototype, pilot & designer Jon Trennepohl) Here is the 2nd attempt at getting the front of the kite. But, we went past vertical into a fade with the lines wrapped under.
My friend Steve holds up the Jon Trennepohl prototype. Steve's son Sean came up with the great, but politically incorrect, name of "Sniper".
This Rev clone is called "Stained Glass" crafted by John Mason of San Diego.
Great visual impact. Notice how the vertical spars are hidden within the black, very nice.
DEFINE mark 2: span 250 cm Height 93 cm Weight 340 gram Icarex/ Mylar Skyshark P100/200/300 and 5PT Bridle Classic 3 point
“One of the best kite you ever flown, the Define got it all.”
This kite is designed for competition and became 9 times Dutch champion in the pair and individual classes since it’s introduction in 2004 and European champion in 2009. The Define mark 2, has been changed in every aspect to perform at the demands of the current competition scene. It got a huge wind window and a striking appearance in the sky. The precision, cornering and tracking are incredible. This big wing is doing all the tricks in the book, slow fast, all precise and with ease. The Define is a result of years competition experience and is full of small innovations and features. Adjustable leach line ensures good speed control during high and low wind. Different whisker and bridle settings to adjust easy flight characteristics. The good tracking, precision makes this kite very suitable for pair and team flying.
Text on previous picture by Stephen Versteegh
This was one of the final pictures to make the cut. I probably would have left it out except for the lines having such a great shape.
Hey, if it's Jon's kite, who is flying it?
Oh, it's George. The kite is in capable hands.
Another late entry. Although I'm beginning to really like this shot.
This is TK (Takako). She is now married to John Barresi.
The average prettiness of iQuad went up a lot when she joined.
Too easy to take a good picture with TK in it.
Dano & Phil underneath the Randy Tom "Desert Princess"
Darned pretty Rev.
I forgot the pilot's name. Any help here?
24 crossed lines. Thanks people.
Custom Hydra by Focus Kites. Flown by Marco.
Annie poses with this beautiful Focus Kites Hydra.
I told Alex to put her hands under her chin. She provided the cute all on her own.
Just a nice day in the sun.
George guards Mike's stacks.
Darren gives the thumbs up although Kent appears to be all thumbs.
I didn't remember if this kite had been photographed, so I asked Mark to pose it for me. He was rock steady.
68 crossed lines (17 Revs)
Again, 68 crossed lines.
Finally, all the lines crossed over in an approximate point.
Yes, there were lots of Revs at Kite Party 8.
Mike and Dave start dancing. Everyone else was real serious.
George wanted a picture of his Rotary Club foil, but didn't care to be in the picture. So I asked some of the local culture to help out.
George is off camera left just in case this foil gets away.
I gave this URL to the girls, so maybe they are reading this right now. "Hi, thanks for helping."
I call this the "Box of Crayons" Rev stack. And they all have SLE rods up top, just to upset all the iQuad pilots.
And more Revs in the background.
While Mark watches, Kent sails his beautiful stack by me for photos.
I took many pics of this stack, but limited myself to how many went up.
You can not go wrong with primary colors.
Don't know which one of these I like the best.
Love the sparkly water.
This is Rod Milburn. He made this beautiful SLK.
Rod told me that the longer keel causes a vortex which makes the tails ripple.
I like it.
George takes down the Rotary Club foil.
He made it look so easy.
Maybe I should get a banner.
Zenith by Chris Mattheson of England.
See, old kites can do tricks.
What can I say? Another Rev.
Photo by Sean Gurganian maybe?
Sean must have taken these. I don't even remember seeing this one.
See, I taught young Sean the style of photo I like to take. Then, I set the camera up for him and would point him over to various people and say, "Go shoot that kite." And he did really well.
I do like the almost symmetric look of this graphic.
Dave Bradley with his Talon
Darren flying a 1 of 6 special Widow Maker. It came with a letter of authenticity.
Backlit, water, late afternoon, pilot, lines, yup that's the way I like it.
I want one of these.
Slightly over exposed. Darren with his Deep Space. The kite is over exposed, not Darren.
Lolly handed Kent his raffle winning Masterpiece Rev by Randy Tom. Finishing done by Bazzer. There was maybe 10 minutes of useful light left.
Alex, Lolly's daughter ran under the kite.
You can see the camera sensor is having a tough time with the light.
And then we got this wonderful shot. Life is good.
Sean helps his dad relaunch a kite.
That's a lot of red, white and blue.
Allen Carter loaned Tad this 2" tubetail for the Wakeless stack. It looks pretty good.
I wanted this shot to come out better, but it just looks flat to me.
This looks confusing.
Patchwork bol, patchwork foil.
Shenkman asked the boys to bring down the bol as the wind was pretty strong.
Kevin and Tad made it look easy.
First kite she ever made. (Need a name here people.)
Just so you could see all the work.
Three Shook Masterpiece Mesh Revs. The bottom one was very still during the shoot.
And now we're up to 5, although the RWBs are not Shook made.
iQuad in the back and 180 GO in the front. Although I did move the front top left kite down in Photoshop.
Marco and Annie on a break.
No, if you cross the yellow line, we get to tazer you.
Dano, from Reno with his vented Rev.
That's a lot of foil at 300 square feet.
Lee (the pilot) calls this a Revalino. The sail was made by Dave Sabilino on a Rev frame.
Allen unborrowed his tube tail and put it on his Vibe.
Allen spun the kite for me and we got several nice shots. That's Allen in the lower left.
Tails are really a look into the past, if you think about it.
West walkway area.
Shenkman on the bullhorn just prior to getting the audio system up.
IKE (Illinois Kite Enthusiasts) with members from several different states.
Shenkman showing his athletic ability.
Allen enjoying a healthy breakfast of vitaminwater and a doughnut.
Jon dropped a washer to his dual propeller quad-line kite.
These propellers were actually spinning pretty quickly, but I had the shutter speed set to 1/2500 of a second.
Alex with his 100" wingspan Venom
Jay Knerr and Mark Reed set up their advertising
L to R: Mike Kory, Tom Clark, Zack Stephenson, Jeff Faje (Information provided by Mike Kory)
John Barresi gives a Rev lesson on the new teaching area south of the pier.
Just a nice typical day at the beach.
And a few seconds later
The West side of the flying area near the parking lot.
More fliers came later in the day
Tad had this pose all worked out, so I just followed orders.
The captain of Team Too Much Fun getting ready for his demo
Wakeless kite stack and 300 sq ft foil
Allen hangs a Sandpiper up for me to shoot.
A pair of "Revalinos"
Dave Sabilino sails, the name coined by Lee S. It's nice to see these two together. (text by George)
A nice RWB Rev with stars
Guitar and cell SLKs
Two beautiful kites.
Banner alley. The Wakeless banner is made from some rejected skins
Jim Cosca of Skydog kites.
Last year I took a picture of Jim Cosca's amazing legs. A year later, they still look amazing.
Black Dog standard flown by Jim Cosca.
Black Dog UL held steady by Jim Cosca
Black Dog UL and Jam Session at left, both designed by Dodd Gross, although for 2 different companies.
Thunderstruck by Skydog Kites.
The smaller kites are a little more active
Learn To Fly, the smallest of the dual-line kites in the Skydog inventory
Dream On White being assembled by Jim
And one of the prettier banner kites for a kite company
Photo by Jim Cosca.
Jim with a spinner SLK
Banners are so pretty
And some kite surfing relaunchable foils waiting for their owners
Corey Jensen prepares a Martin Lester Yellow Man for liftoff
On its way up
Maybe not quite ready
And up in the air
Pretty line laundry
I photographed this 130 kite train a few years ago. Glad to see it was back.
IKE and iQuad working together
The new Tensor quad-line foil from Prism comes in 3 sizes. This is the baby at 3.1 sq meters.
I like the look of it and flew the 4.2, or it flew me depending on how you look at it.
Mark Reed helping with the launch
I asked him to pose with the kite
Tails always help with a kite shoot
Carol Pittman from Washington with a mid-vent B-Series Revolution.
R-Sky dual and Rev quad
It's a pretty day
3 of those Mid-Vent Rev clones. (Note that they are not identical)
I flew against this guy in OIF at Berkeley several years ago. He was Brittney Spears, I was Wonder Woman. He flew 2 Revs at the same time and easily won the event.
How does a Bol get into this shape?
Rod Milburn with one of his creations. He also made the Pan flute foils.
RWB at its best
At first I thought this was a Brassington, but it is not
Very nice lines
Here is the man who made the kite. I don't have his name.
Jon adjusts his new Geo Pointer. He made it in his free time over the last 4 months
I really enjoyed seeing this one in the air.
The happy Martian
Infinity Vented by HQ
Darren holds the Deep Space still for me
Talon held by ?
And in the demo lot I found this advertising Rev experiment
David Hadzicki gave free Rev lessons all day Saturday. He's a trooper.
This Masterpiece Rev was the lesson kite, really!
"Hello Megan, get down here to the beach. There's all these hot dudes flying kites. They are so cute. We're just picking out which ones we want."
The Alfano family in mid-jump.
The Halpin family
Kaci poses for the camera.
Kaci with dad Tad
Lummas Successfully Axels the Wakeless Progressive Stack with tube tail.
The Milburn bol shows up again
George, Jim & Jay stare really hard, but they can't make the line burst into flame with their X-Ray vision.
The only Octopus at the function
Puffer Fish line laundry
Team Too Much Fun Revs awaiting their demo
Team Too Much Fun Lithiums
Ron poses his custom Rev 1.5 before going out to demo
(text by Allen Carter) I had a lot of fun with the Vibe in the fairly strong winds on Saturday. I got it out to just pull a tube tail and ended up flying it most of the day.
Mark Reed and Sean with the 2 Tensor foils from Prism
Jan Knerr of The Kite Loft flys this mid-vent Rev
Kent with a mid-vent B-Series Pro
Las Vegas Mark gets a quad-line lesson from Kent
(l-r) Mark, Kent and Jim
Lee puts up the Reactor, which normally Allen flies every year.
Sean won this beautiful Ronin by Dreamweaver Kites at the auction the previous night. This year I brought my super custom TKC kite bag complete with 4 different color pockets.
The Mike Kory stay thin Diet: 1 gallon of water, lots of coffee and 7 bathrooms nearby.
Somehow, this glove was in the auction
2005 (1 of 1) Benson Outer Space in total black.
The new Low Wind Prism 4D. Donna won this kite in the Saturday night auction.
The surfers were out early in the morning
My favorite picture from the 4D photos.
Simple graphics are quite effective
Solid carbon rods are very robust
You can see the shadows formed from the lower spreader and standoffs.
Donna with her auction winner. She had already flown it in the motel courtyard the previous night.
(text by Allen Carter) Bad Boy SUL. Sort of. Used to be a 2PT frame. Now it has the Response Zero frame from an old Vanishing Point, so it's pretty much like a VP now.
PBSK kites are very smooth fliers and beautiful at spin based tricks
5 Custom Zen Revolutions in the early morning light wind
And a pentagon figure
Crossing some lines again
David's green Zen joins the crowd
Then I had each of iQuad fly by with their Zens
They should wear color coded clothes too
If you follow their faces, you can see that this is TK's Zen
See, check out where they are looking.
And here is Bazzer, the man who made all the Zens
Well, I guess Dave's kilt matches his Zen, so he is color coordinated and very dapper.
Here Barresi is flying lines so long, that his own Rev is hitting him in the back (that's about 25000 miles per line)
Actually, it was the guy in the back who keeps driving people crazy by bumping them with his Rev
Ron "Girds His Loins" preparing to do his kite demo.
Lee puts up his Magnum Opus for me. Thanks fella.
Pink is so good on kites.
8 battens, 4 standoffs and a color combination only a TV test pattern could love.
What are these kites?
Obviously, there were some Rev fliers to the left.
Jim Byrne finally made it back to KP! (at least on Allen's vintage KP2 shirt)
(text by Allen Carter)
(Text by Allen Carter) That's a PBSK Stiletto that I've lusted after for years. Built for Rod247, sold to Sabby, now in the possession LeeS
Vented Bad Boy flown by Allen Carter.
And a Rev in the background of the Rev in the foreground.
What possible background could I use for a Rev?
I know, Revs. Yeah, pretty smart, huh?
A vented Rev 1 in front of a bunch of vented Rev 1.5s
Come on boys, tighten up that center
72 Crossed Lines (18 Revs)
The camera decided to focus on the building. I should change my focus option or do it manually, although I kind of like the lines blurred like that.
Looking sharp. That's what it's all about.
Obviously, a bucket of sand is more fun than kites to some people.
Dave Shenkman orders a pizza
I swear Mark Reed always knows when I'm taking a picture of him. He must know he's a good photo op.
Donna's kites, including her newest addition, the auction 4D.
Vendetta flown by Alex Herzog
Red white and black are always good together on a kite
Ronin by Wayne Knott
I tried it with a little tail weight, yoyo was better but it flew worse.
Mark Reed with an E3. He is still the most efficient kite flier I know.
And the all day tip stand. Hmmmm, looks like I shifted the colors a little too much judging by the pinkish sand.
Oh yeah, that's a keeper photograph.
Prism discontinued Flashback with ribbon tail.
Pan flute foils by Mr. Milburn
This was my favorite of the pan flute foils.
VolksQuad by New Tech kites. The bowed rod is adjustable. Here it is in the "stable" position.
So do the red accents look like snakes or geese with their mouths open?
I could actually hover this kite upside down really easily. And I am horrible on a Rev in an upside down hover.
Donna and I were striving to get the kite centered on the white panel of the tail. This was the picture which came closest.
There's my cool upside down hover.
Corey Jensen on the job training.
Corey asked, "Why do I have to wave if it's a still camera?" Actually, that's a pretty good question.
Corey catches a Donna with the old anchor trick.
Very cute line laundry.
All of the Pan flute foils
Yep, they look good from the side too
Something is fishy about this foil.
Note the nicely matching tails for each foil.
That's just a really pretty display
(text by Dave Shenkman) The kites are old AVENGER's by Jerry Sinotte! Bit of trivia for you, I flew those kites for Jerry in Competition at the Long Beach Washington Kite Festival back in the mid 80's...86' or 87' I think?
One of the few close shots where all 3 kites are totally on screen.
I took several shots of this stack. This one came out the best.
I think Mike was trying to hit me.
Photo flipped for readability.
Foils look better with tails.
Some of Mike's kites
Two of the U.S. kite big players.
Yes, that's me attempting a flic-flac on a Thor's Hammer. I didn't quite make it. But I got an axel, axel to fade and almost a 540°.
It looks like the kite is waiting to step on Jim.
Dano claiming his prize.
Alex was the champion. His more difficult tricks included a flic-flac to 540°.
Yep, that's a really big sport kite.
Marcela tries the Thor's Hammer. Kent keeps her reasonably in place.
Marcela with her prize catch of the day.
That bee kite on the left is 8 feet across.
Mark Reed saw me and simply just stalled the Hammer and casually lowered it down while I took several pictures. This was my favorite. That man can fly any kite really, really well.
I have no idea what they were doing. But they took a long time doing it.
Darren trying out a Prism E3.
I don't know what this was about, but liked the old school look.
I suggested Marcela have Mike help her with the Micron stack.
Marcela wanted to fly her Micron stack. So she got Mike and the president of the company who makes it to help with the setup and adjustment.
Ready for take-off.
(l-r) Sean, Marcela and Steve Gurganian. My good friends. Note the blood on Sean's knee. Very macho.
Marcela kept flying the stack too high over Steve's head for me to get the shot I wanted. So I told her finally to just fly right at his stomach. And she did just that although it still looks a little too high as he was able to get out of the way.
FLIC (?) Vented Foil in Halloween colors
Untangling a Pan flute foil by the creator
Ron and Jeanette talk over very important matters.
Special Micron held by Jim Strealy
I wrote to Tim about this kite. He didn't remember making it. He must have made a lot of kites.
8 year old Ben Lummas gives a demo on Sunday.
Lummas Mega-Fly About To Start
Several volunteers go around selling New Tech diamond kites with all proceeds going to pay Ben's doctor bills.
That's a lot of SLKs.
This is what the New Tech donated Diamond kites looked like. They flew very well.
The Lummas family.
Fortunately, Steve and Marcela are married.
Mark Reed almost gets foiled by his own creation.
Now it's Steves turn to get drug around while Marcela helps.
Then Marcela couldn't keep up with Steve's fancy footwork. By the way, Mark is firing off 10 frames a second with that big Canon cannon.
Sean (son of Steve and Marcela) then attempts to fly the foil.
Kent was the only foil flier not to go over head first. He actually drove the kite faster on purpose.
Dave figures out that when the foil is directly overhead, it pulls less.
Here I am near the half-way point of my slide. Photo by Sean Gurganian.
Photo by Sean Gurganian. Here I am making crop circle figures in the sand. There is still some sand in my ears 4 days later, but only the hard core clinging grains. Mark Reed also chronicles my exploits in backward, upside down flying. I did fly the 4.2 sqm foil about 15 seconds in this position.
Ron kicking up some sand.
Ron decides to see what sand tastes like.
Kent captures video of Ron sand surfing.
Marco actually did very well, although he did ski about 60 feet forward.
Annie decides to run through the sand instead of over it.
Here Annie decides to lay down for a nap.
See you next year at Kite Party 9.
Photo by Jim Strealy.
My attempt at artsy by having the kite lines come over my shoulders to get a forced perspective shot. It almost worked. Photo by Jim Strealy.