Kymera. Designed by John Barresi and made by Into The Wind Kites. (oops, I mistakedly had Cymera for the first 2 days up. Sorry John)
I'm starting off this album with airborne kites. Call me silly. The indoor booth part of the KTAI follows. All photos taken Feb 2-3, 2011.
Here is the handsome and modest John Barresi with his self-designed Kymera and my sunglasses. The kite is made with high grade Icarex (Icky) sail cloth and has a P300 frame, yoyo stoppers and keel weight. It's really nice. My thanks to Mike Emery for a text correction.
Considering John's fondness for black, I'm a bit surprised and happy to see much lighter colors used. I always feel lighter colors are more appropriate for kites either during day or night flying. (Sorry about the faint sun spot around the nose of the kite on this photo and the next one)
The long keel aids in flying straight lines and yet the kite will do tricks very well and at a rate which allows everyone to see what the kite is doing. Certainly in John's hands, the kite was amazing. It also has a good, low buzz off the trailing edge.
Darren and I were able to attend KTAI as registered guests of A Wind Of Change. Thanks Kent. Darren is a detail freak and checked out the build quality, which was very good. Into The Wind is a kite store that has all their sport kites made for them similar to the way most tires from different brands are really made in the same factory.
This is the "Evolution Revolution". It is made by Pedro and Estaban Gonzalez(s?). This is a Rev 1.5 made from a single panel of sail cloth and then "painted" by a process known as dye-sublimation. This process is also used by some higher priced office printers. The kite is signed near the bottom center by the Hadzicki siblings.
The weather had been in the 70's right before KTAI. However, the highs were around 45°F during KTAI. The mountains to the West are showing their snow hats. These photos are taken from the "private" top floor of the East parking garage at Texas Station.
Fake pine tree in the background. John Barresi is the pilot for all the Wednesday photos.
Went for a few backlit shots. Kind of washes out the colors though.
And here is the kite in a perfect stall, although Revolutions are superbly easy to take photos of. Sorry, shouldn't end sentences with a preposition.
New Vented Rev II called the B2 as it is colored and laid out in the Barresi signature series tradition. Tripod model Darren hand stalls the Evolution Revolution.
I asked Darren to hold up the larger Rev 1.5 for a size comparison. You can see from the lines, that the wind was pretty light for a vented kite.
It's always nice to have an excellent pilot on the controls for difficult situations.
We must have been doing something naughty up on the parking garage rooftop as we were able to get a police flyby.
Brand New XTRA Vent Rev 1.5 made by Bazzer, but designed by going through many, many prototypes by the whole Rev company. Looks great too.
I am not a fan of black on kites, but under the right conditions it can look very nice.
The XTRA Vent went through many prototypes to come up with this final vent size and placement. Also notice the reinforcing sail material which follows the vertical spars.
Normally, I'm not fond of shooting down at a kite, but with the colors and surface material of the parking lot, along with the shadow and backlighting, I do like this picture.
Don't worry, those power lines are hundreds of feet away.
This is a very crisp looking design. I particularly visually enjoy the bottom 2 angled vents.
Going for a geometric style shot with the light post opposing the leading edge of the kite. If we had a few clouds, it would have been perfect.
Sometimes, the sun would cooperate and "flash backlight" a few of the panels.
Hmmmm, this photo might go away in a few days. But since these are the first photos of the kite, let's leave it in for a while.
There are 2 reinforcing triangles in the upper corners of the center panel. This is a very well made and thought out Revolution.
Saving the best for last. This photo has the most backlit "flashed" panels and no power lines to spoil the view.
New day, new kites, new pilot. It's now Thursday, Feb 4, 2011 and I am on the same garage parking lot of Texas Station with my pilot of the morning, Megan Kingston.
This is the Vampire Devil Quad-line Kite by Flying Wing. It is a prototype and felt as if the bridle lines could use some tweaking.
The main reason I loved shooting up here was the ability to get a great angle on the Texas Station front oil derrick and main signage.
Pointed tail and vented eyeballs. With such a long tail, it wasn't easy to get a good shot which showed the pointy tail, venting and signs. This was our best one.
My favorite photo of the Vampire Devil Quad. You can see that the wind wasn't cooperating by looking at the 2 hanging flags in the lower right hand corner. Megan was a trooper.
And then we got kicked off the roof by Texas Station Security. There were some pretty lame excuses given about how all the cars would run over the kites. Well, my car was the only car up on the entire multi-acre top floor that day. So this and the following photos are taken from the main level parking lot under even worse wind conditions.
Most photos this day were of Flying Wing Kites. This is the new Silver Fox 2.3 Pro. The Silver Fox 2.3 came out a year or two ago and was very popular. Sadly, the sun and wind orientation led to these photos looking fairly flat.
So we changed over to a rear view and the low wind shifted just enough for us to get these shots. Megan is flying using my 30 foot "photo" lines. The Stratosphere needle in the background is the center column to the Big Shot ride which puts riders at zero g's around 1050 feet above the Las Vegas floor
At least with these photos you get to see a deeper looking rendition. The yoyo stoppers on this kite sit backwards a bit. Don't know if that's because this is a prototype, or if it is a feature.
I asked Megan to fly the kite from a closer distance. So she moved in to about 20 feet and wrapped the lines around her hands a few times. I like to get the pilot close to the kite for pictures.
This is the Prediction by Flying Wing and designed by Bell Chiu as was the previous kite. Megan is having to work the kite as the wind just wasn't cooperating. This is an excellent team kite. I had flown one of these last year and loved it. The Soul and this Prediction are my favorite Flying Wing Kites models.
Megan is still flying on the shortened line length. I paid her a penny so I can legally say she is a professional pilot.
A bit busy panel layout, but it has grown on me.
It looks like the keeper lines are just a touch too short unless they are supposed to be an active link in the bridle. Maybe it's just my imagination.
Laima Gliding Single Line Kite by Flying Wing Kites and again designed by Bell Chiu. We brought out 2 of 4 color schemes. The kite comes with a removable line weight. We flew the blue one with the weight.
These shots were not easy to get. We probably took over a hundred photos and I was laying on my back on the parking asphalt for all of them.
This was the first time Megan had flown any of these kites. So part of the time was spent learning how to throw and play out the line for best gliding.
The Laima is very graceful and certainly has been constructed to have the look of a sea gull gliding. In higher winds, the Laima would fly as a stable single line kite, but its more fun to fly when there is very little or no wind.
We have now shifted to the yellow version and removed the line weight. I am still lying down on my back. The asphalt was very hard and cold and one time, I knelt down on a very tiny, sharp rock. Okay, done complaining.
Megan couldn't decide if she liked flying with or without the line weight better. It looks a bit better without the weight.
That is an airplane off to the left. Texas Station is about 1/2 mile SE from our small airport and maybe 10 miles from our main McCarren Airport.
My favorite shot although the lens is on full wide-angle. That's why the light pole looks curved.
Megan and I went in and had lunch. Then in the afternoon I came out to our "authorized" flying area. Winds were still very light, but sometimes flyable.
This is the HQ Mojo. Very curvy.
HQ Mojo. An unusual spar layout. I do like the look of the kite.
Cathy Shook was my pilot. She was a trooper in the very light winds.
I asked Dodd Gross if we could take some photos of the new Cross Fire Comp. So we hooked on the 30 foot lines and saw what we could do in about 2 mph winds. Actually, he had the hard job as the comp is not an SUL.
I had previously flown Dodd's other Skydog Kites. The largest 3 are the Dream On, Cross Fire and Sweet Emotion. I like them all.
This is a lightened version of the photo shown right after this. My thanks to Kent for always pushing me to do better.
And even in the very low wind Dodd was tricking away. I politely asked him to just fly the kite so I could take more normal photos.
During one of our breaks to walk back upwind I took this shot of designer and kite.
This panel layout is in a style of their flagship Sweet Emotion. I like it.
But would Dodd stop tricking? No. And even in the light winds he was flying and tricking the double weighted Cross Fire Comp. Of course we were walking backward a bit.
Corey Jensen and mustache in the background. It was good to see him again.
I've been taking kite photos for about 10 years and this is the first time I've gotten a low fade shot like this. Thanks Dodd.
Welcome to the KTAI 2011 held in Las Vegas at Texas Station. The KTAI website is http://www.kitetrade.org/. Fortunately for me, this is only about 3 miles from my house.
Say hello to Maggie and Billy. (If I make any name mistakes on any of these pictures, please leave a comment and I will fix them. My name retention ability isn't as good as it should be)
I bought 5 raffle tickets and got a phone call Thursday evening from the awards dinner that I won registration to the AKA Nationals. Hmmm, I haven't been to one since 2002. Might be time to go. Thanks ladies. (Actually, when they called, I was going through the 1200 photos I had taken and was in my "serious" mode and was probably a bit curt with them. My apologies. It is a wonderful prize and later sunk in to me that I was fortunate to win.)
Photos added Feb 22, 2011. This was my favorite product at the show. Helium filled and fairly believable motion by the rear fin moving side to side.
I like the clown fish. Who would want the evil shark anyway?
The guys said that the Helium lasts about 2 weeks. Then you go to the store and get a fill up at the balloon station.
The Skydog team, at your service.
Dodd Gross with his sport kite wall.
A quick composite of 2 photos as I was shooting down a narrow aisle. This personnel wall was done very well. A tip of the hat to Scott.
(l-r) Justin, Sandy & Mark. Love the always inflated Tensor foil overhead by the way. Photo top right taken by Mark Reed on a previous trip to Alaska. Very nice photo.
Now how do they keep that foil so nicely inflated indoors? Oh, I see, it's a balloon version.
Paul de Bakker with a special demo frame sport kite. I hadn't seen Paul in 2 years and he's put on about 10 pounds of muscle. I honestly didn't recognize him at first with the different haircut and beefier build. Looking good Paul.
An indoor teaching harness for Revolutions. The elastic rear bungie is very helpful, but getting the kite inverted requires more skill than I had. Kent smiling for the camera. He made using the trainer look very easy on that inverted crossover move.
Oh yeah, that's an expensive display of kites. Kent had made those floor stands the night of setup in a hurry for Revolution. Nice job Kent.
Down at the base of the Zen is where Lolly let me stash my camera bag and jacket both days.
Lolly taking orders while Kent literally lends a hand.
Lure the customers in with pretty kites and then pounce with a smile. Lolly is good.
New Tech Kites. This is what I got when I asked for a pose like they were working on the display. It's hard to direct the talent.
I like bright pretty colors. Silly, sure, but that's just me.
Wait! What's that in the left corner?
Corey watches while Rob launches the new SLK by New Tech Kites. Well, he didn't really let go, but it looks pretty good.
Do not magnify this picture to look at the orange T-shirt.
Got to fly the Volksquad at Kite Party 8 last year. I could actually hold a rock steady inverted hover with it.
HQ with some of their new kites.
The new Mojo quad line with velcro removable wind screens. Got a very nice look to it.
And just like that, the kite comes apart.
HQ has kites for kids of all ages.
Both of these are 4 sqm foils. However, you can see that the lower Toxic is a higher aspect ratio foil.
And the foil wall from the other direction.
Some of the HQ SLKs.
I saw this hybrid 200 over on the side, not in the display. Don't know if this will be an HQ item or was just set up for playtime. Oh, I just read the label. It is an HQ product. Very nice.
Dodd sort of admires the HQ Jam Session. The Jam Session has been around in one form or another for a long time. The kite was originally partially designed by a Mr. Gross.
Into The Wind Kites had a huge display.
The right side was for all the dual line sport kites.
The 3 kites closest are the new Barresi designed Kymera.
This guy was overhead, waiting for prey. George Peters pterodactyl
Is this called a cell kite?
The mid-priced Into The Wind sport kites.
Flying Wing had this beautiful glider SLK called the Laima.
And FWK also had several color variations of the Vampire Devil quad-line, complete with spiked long tail.
I saw 3 different color schemes.
Edward as the hand model. He does not like to be photographed. This is the new Silver Fox 2.3 Pro.
There are 4 color schemes for the Laima. They all look good. In the background you can see the Wala and Wala XL.
My favorite Flying Wing kite, the Prediction Team kite.
You can see that long tail wrapped around the stand.
I think this is called the Insync.
Okay, this was difficult. Fly a gliding kite with your left hand and take a picture with the right indoors. This was the best photo of about 20 attempts.
Jon Trennepohl listens to Edward explaining how a kite works.
Edward finally warmed up to me enough to smile next to a thinner David Gomberg.
Premier sport kites.
Marieanne and Jon Trennepohl with his new Premier model sport kite.
Here are some more of the Premier sport kite smaller models.
Bambi informed me that we would be buying one of these huge 13' flowtail deltas.
In The Breeze had a huge setup and free food. Keep me away from the pistachio nuts or I'll eat them all.
Spinners, banners, SLKs, toys, dualies. They had a lot.
There must be hundreds of items here.
Pirates seem to be popular.
Just smile and act natural.
Bill caught me taking this picture.
Don't tell Bambi what I ate from this table.
Great Winds Kite Company. Roxanne holds my card so she'll know where to find this photo.
Brian Holgate is a sponsored flier for Peter Lynn products. He also works on film and TV production crews.
Phantom Star Kites.
You could even win this specially inscribed wooden winder with some luck.
Sorry, forgot your name. Anyone?
Oohhhh, that's pretty.
David hypnotizes the customers into buying his products. It's a skill.
Just sort of a central open shot of the KTAI floor.
If you need a kite tail, GKPI is a great source.
David and Susan know how to Rok.
The butterfly is the best flier. Don't tell anyone though, it's a secret. Not really.
My favorite pose at the show.
Look out Snoopy.
Look out for that huge shark and porpoise in the background. Actually, I wish I had taken a better photo showing the huge shark and porpoise. They are really good looking.
Flying is for the birds.
That's the quiet and talented kite designer Christoph Fokken on the left. I last saw him about 5 years ago at a Kite Party. He says he'll be at Kite Party 9. Outstanding. That's Cassie of New Tech and Kent who is A Wind Of Change.
Daniel and I talk line. Am I really that old? Photo by Ronda Brewer.
The new Skybond line is amazingly good.
And for those of you who fly single line kites.
Flappin' Flags at your service.
Betty with the Arrowcopter. I use to fly these in the 60s. Betty's husband actually came up with the name. Flies up like an arrow, comes down like a copter.
Later Betty was kind enough to pose with a her mobile of blinking arrowcopters. And we even got one of them in mid-blink.
Janice would even hook us up with Jelly Bellys. The sugar-free Spenda JBs are excellent.
These are the Cohassets. They started the company, but have handed off the business to their son. They still attend the shows.
Funkist impulse buys.
I was going to wear the orange hair extension, but decided against it. I went with a flower ring instead.
Hair products from Funkist.
Prismatix signs. Mostly dogs but they do have a few cat signs. They can make any sign you want, also in magnets.
South Bay Sportswear. I could have used one of those jackets. It was cold outside.
I owe an apology to Magnum Enterprises. They had all these cool wooden cork and rubber band guns. But I only got this one shot and it is horrible. Sorry guys. Here is their website: http://www.rubberbandguns.com/index.php If you click on a subject and have the volume up, you will get a surprise as a gunshot sound goes off.
Daelyn holds the youngest attendee at the KTAI.
Teila is 9 weeks old. She wasn't real interested in the kites. And in conclusion I can't even show you the photos of the coolest product as it won't be released until the summer and I was asked to hold back on it. Bummer. (Update, photos of new Helium filled fish posted)