The 2014 Wind Climber Workshop. This year it was the Urban Ninja ultra light kite by Thomas Horvath of Zurich, Switzerland.
Matt Black, Lucy St Dennis, Donna Taylor and our fearless leader David Tuttle.
Alison Smith & Ralph Gray. To start the day I knocked over Ralph's coffee and his sewing machine tumbled to the ground. Something was now wrong with the machine. Fred came to the rescue, drove to my house and picked up my spare sewing machine. Kerry stepped in to set up my machine and even repaired Ralph's machine with a small screw driver and butter knife in the kitchen. Donna and Lucy kept an eye oh Ralph's progress and helped him complete his project. Great Wind Climber team spirit this year!!!
Tom & Peggy Wharrick.
Andree & Mario Pinheiro
Maria and Walter Corsetti. - Thanks to Ted Shaw for the photo!
Fiona Peters, Ed Hummel, Mark Groshens and Don Brownridge
Lucy Jonkman and Kerry St Dennis came out just to help with the class. As luck would have it Lucy won the spare Urban Ninja kit that was raffled off. A little payback for years of service is nice!!! - Thanks to Ted Shaw for the photo!
Fred Taylor was a great help too! He picked up a spare sewing machine from my house for Ralph and picked up the pizza with Kerry St Dennis. Fred helped with a couple of other things too and the Wind Climbers are truly grateful! - Thanks to Ted Shaw for the photo!
The graduating class of 2014!!!
17 of the 22 went out to dinner at Crabby Joe's after the workshop.
The other side of the table.
Donna Taylor made up these great pins for David Tuttle and myself. Dave's Ninja on the left and my Celtic dogs on the right.
My Ninja test flight. Perfectly tuned no adjustments required! :-) Spun left as easily as it spun right. Acts like a gentle fighter in the lightest breeze. Great new kite for 2014!
Every kite needs a kite bag. I made the white strip more narrow so the black would wrap around to the front. Always fun to experiment with design to make it more unique and easy to identify in the kite bag!
David Tuttle and Thom Shanken convinced me that making some tails would make the kite more versatile. The tails help stabile the flight at busy festivals. They also allow you to fly the kite in higher wind. Of course you take the tails off and it's a true light wind fighter!
The wind was between 15km and above and the Ninja stayed very steady with the tails on! Great idea Thom and David!
Geoff Maher's Urban Ninja with tails.
Geoff Maher fly's his kite with tails.
Don Brownridge trys out his Ninja with tails.