KTAI Jan 28, 2013 at New Silverbowl Park, Las Vegas, NV. Photos are in chronological order. Here, Marieanne Trennepohl holds on to a Premier delta tri-tail. It's a loveitorhateit design. Personally, I liked it.
Temperatures were in the high 40s, winds were strong initially at noon, say 18-20 mph. As the afternoon progressed, the wind dropped to about 5 mph. Easily, the best wind we've had in 3 years of doing this here.
Another Premier delta. Circles seem to be big this year for Premier.
See, more circles.
The tail adds a nice touch.
Chris Shultz (far right) holds onto the undulating HQ starfish tent (that's my name for it).
Here's a happy guy. Kite is about 3 feet tall.
Most of the kites at the demo day were SLKs.
And another Premier SLK gets ready.
John Barresi flew his self-designed Kymera. I tried it again and this year got a yo-yo and a few other tricks. I think the kite is better suited to high winds for my style of hack tricksterism.
Shooting over Mr. Barresi's shoulder.
Marieanne holds onto the pole to put the spinner in harm's way.
Imitation of the large mouth spinner.
Don't know which of these 2 photos I like better. One will probably go later.
B Series Pro full-vent flown by John Barresi.
And right (write) side up over a soccer cross-bar.
Rob Cembalest (New Tech) put together this spinner chain. They're actually spinning very fast. I'm on a 1/3200 second shutter speed.
You can see by the tent distortion in the background that the wind is over 15 mph.
This is Rob's proud pose for getting the spinner line untangled.
Corey Jensen has a new dog. He's about 2 years old (the dog, not Corey). Corey has had him 3 months.
Chris Shultz models an HQ cow. The cow was teaching Chris how to be properly tipped over.
And a close-up showing how well Chris learns by example.
Here is the brown cow. Chris was teaching it to stay.
Don't know the name of this one.
Although its quite attractive. This may be the new graphics version of the HQ Bebop (maybe).
Some nice ground displays here.
I like the jellyfish.
Jon Trennepohl with another Premier SLK.
Again, lots of circles.
HQ Hydra foil. I'm pretty sure for some reason.
Held in a stall at the edge of the window.
Dodd Gross with the new Skydog Jammin'.
You have to have some strong wind to do these types of pictures.
( Little Dreamer) And here is the Dream On, again held by Dodd Gross. The Dream On would go on to win Kite Of The Year 3 days after this picture was taken. Nicely done Skydog and Dodd. I have recently found out that this kite is NOT the Dream On. It is the smaller brother named Little Dreamer (or something close to that).
Look out! It's coming at me.
Jim Cosca holds onto a 7 foot ROK by Skydog.
Using fine bridle skills to put the ROK where I asked. My goal was to have some clouds in as many photos as possible.
The HQ starfish tent. It will next be seen at NABX in March.
Another Skydog SLK. I was hooking the line under my arm and walking forward to lower the kite and move it near the lights... almost caught the kite on the lights. Wrapped the tail on the pole, but it slid off. That was close.
Fighter kites sort of.
Mid-vent B Series Pro by Revolution Kites.
Skydog Jammin' in a ground pass.
Dodd giving lessons.
Foils chasing SLKs. Looks like there is some dark blue around the foil. The camera sensor must have been working hard on this shot.
Work, work, work.
Sled by Skydog.
This small diamond kite is called Jolly Jill by HQ.
You see, you wiggle your fingers and the kite flies. Lolly is a great teacher.
Rev Mid-Vent B Series Pro from the front.
Jenna Andrews makes her debut at KTAI. Before the day was over, she flew Revs, foils and sport kites.
Hanging out at the edge.
Shooting along the line for "artistic" effect.
This is the new version of the Cross Fire. Although Dodd is holding the prototype here.
I like the new graphics.
Rob plays with a small SLK.
Up, up and away.
I like the tri-tail configuration.
Jim Cosca with a Skydog butterfly.
Playful SLK to be sure.
Ohhhhh, there's that small New Tech SLK again.
The soccer ball in the background use to be a golf ball. That was many years ago when the park use to be a driving range. They had to paint the ball to get the golfers to go away. And yes, that is snow on the mountain tops about 60 miles away.
Ron Bohart "Panther" Masterpiece Revolution. There will be many pictures of this.
When upside down, the zebra is right-side up.
There are other similar kites where the panther is replaced by a tiger or other cat. The zebra is a constant. Actually, I found out from Lolly that 1 of the 10 kites in the series does not have a zebra. They're all sold by the way.
Cathy Shook magically holds the 2 Revs in position.
And an assist from a long tail.
Lolly's turn to model with the Revs. What a great smile.
And now Jenna's turn.
Over $1000 of Revs playing with each other.
Eliot Shook (weave Masterpiece maker) holds the panther still (actually, we're cheating, with a helper out of camera view). He could have done it alone though.
Eliot Shook again.
And here he is without help.
Winds were starting to die down.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. Here I show Lolly how I was taught to wind my Rev lines by Vince Maranta.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. I gave Jenna the camera while I flew kites (novel concept for sure).
Photo by Jenna Andrews.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. Here is my futile attempt to fix Dodd's hair.
Jon Trennepohl with a cool looking modified Genki.
Sharp looking kite.
Frank Morrill has had the same barber for over 30 years.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. I explain backlighting of a kite.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. Marieanne and Jon Trennepohl hold up the SLK for a shot.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. Jive II by HQ.
Eliot wrapping things up.
The HQ rental van.
John Barresi with more badging than a Kardashian.
Unknown. I can almost read his name.
Reading all of the nutritious ingredients on the wrapper.
And the day winds down.
Keeping the tree from falling over.
Corey brought all these nice treats and drinks for everyone. It was much appreciated.
And a kite lesson on the right.
The bus arrives to take most people back to Texas Station.
That wraps it up for demo day 2013. Thanks for coming.
Billy and Maggie keep everything running smoothly. This photo is from last year as I missed getting a shot of them.
Tuesday, motivational speaker, Rick Segal gave the opening talk.
A good, solid speaker who broke up the talk with laughter on numerous occasions.
Tuesday is set up day for the booths. Here, I stumble upon the secret of getting a kite to look all smooth after it has come out of a small package. Randy Tom knows how to make a kite look good.
SADLY, I had dropped my camera at home. It landed on the front edge of the lens you see here. The UV filter shattered and there is some internal damage as the zoom no longer works. You will see in most of the following photos that there is a softness across the whole photo, but it is most easily seen on the left side. New lens should be in my hands next week. By the way, this was Wednesday's lunch. There were also desserts available.
Welcome to the 25th KTAI Show. Held at Texas Station in Las Vegas, NV, about 3 miles from my home.
Sponsors. You can see the lens damage causing the left side of the photo be blurred.
This photo, and a few others, was taken with my small Canon S100 without flash. It's an experiment. I brought this camera in case the Nikon lens was too messed up. I'll let you be the judge. (Thursday morning, this camera stopped working. Turns out there is a recall of this camera to fix an "issue".)
NOTE: I had to ask the experts here to slow down so we could see what they were doing. Their normal speed is about twice as fast. The whole family was great. I recommend this as an outstanding family activity. If you click on the gear (lower right), you can change the resolution all the way up to 1080 HD. Taken with pocket Canon S100.
A staged shot. You can get all these cool pads and timers and different color cups.
And modeling the product.
In The Breeze always has a huge display, and munchies. That is an award winning combination.
This is all In The Breeze product. There's even more off camera left.
Spinner balloons for the patio.
Okay, these caught my attention.
I could put one on my forehead, no probably not a good idea.
Still In The Breeze, just from another angle.
Talking to the customers.
Keep them smiling.
Mel Hickman was there representing the AKA. He even had a few extra copies of the magazine. Cool, as that is my photo on the cover of an older issue.
Premier large SLKs in diamonds, Genki and deltas. That's Jon Trennepohl on the left.
Corey Jensen checking out the products.
Skydog has a kite bag this year, complete with logo on each pocket.
Cohasset gifts was manned by new, younger personnel this year. I told them to look cool.
Skydog products being explained by Frank.
Lolly hard at work at the Revolution booth.
Cathy Shook points at the kite that was getting ironed the day before.
Betty (r) has been at all 3 of the Las Vegas shows. Arrowcopters are very neat.
New Tech kites on display. I think that's Rob with his back to us.
3 of the modified Genkis done by Premier.
Ann shows off some of the fighters to me.
X-Kites had these 8 large display banners around the outside of their booth. I loved them.
New Tech sport kites.
2 of the X-Kites display banners.
Those Mantas do look very inviting. Sadly, Paul de Bakker wasn't in attendance this year.
The new Manta by ITW makes its debut at the KTAI. This large glider is my favorite (TRULY) zero wind kite. The less wind the better. Really. Get one of these. The smaller Skate is in the front.
I want that kite. It's been coming to Las Vegas for the last 3 years. Designed by George Peters.
We tried some normal poses, but then went for this one. You can really see the soft focus on the left from my lens dropping incident.
(Missed getting a picture of this foil at the show) I'm pretty sure this is a prototype of the Into The Wind "Smithi". Held here by the designer, Christoph Fokken. According to Jon Trennepohl, this is the most exciting quad-line to come out in years. It inflates and seals so that you can then fly it backwards, stall, spin, go fast, etc. There will be a smaller Smithi Pro, but it won't have these slick graphics. Here is a video of the Pro going through its paces. The larger "Smithi" is carried only by ITW. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87laSwOkI6k
Mary Ann even let me talk her into standing on a couple of chairs for this picture. What a trooper.
Some of the HQ display.
HQ sport kites.
The Shadow (center top) is an amazingly good trick almost SUL kite.
That's a colorful delta tri-tail.
I want to try out this Crackerjack. It looks like a true top end sport kite. Build quality is very good by the way.
The arms have these odd little pocket flow-through areas. Kevin holds them still for me.
Kits of kites you can have kids cut out, color and then fly.
Shanti line sets and bulk rolls.
Daniel listens attentively.
The gatling rubber-band gun is too suave.
The young lady on the right was the one who kissed the floating Helium filled fish last year. Now she's expecting. Honest. We can only speculate.
Thought I'd add the photo from last year. Yes, I can see there was a real chemistry going on between them.
Those X-zylo toys fly incredible distances, like well over a football field. Note the Angry Birds Air Swimmer. Hurry if you want one of them. Stock is low.
All you have to do is hook the ring.
Right here, just hook the ring. Looks easy.
Looks like a sure-fire drinking game.
These display panels are stunning. I really like the airplane poster, but was told that it was not for sale. Alas. The kite plane version is upper left.
See, just like I told you. This is one of the best looking airplane kites and it looks as if it can actually fly with that nice large wing area and light framing. I will be getting one of these. The detail is excellent.
And 2 more of the X-Kites banners.
Everyone needs a Flamingo Zone pair of sunglasses.
Ray ordered me to take the photo from this spot. It seems this is the "Disney/Kodak" spot of photographic perfection.
Last year bubbles, this year a slot machine squirt gun. And he got me with it.
2 Flarble shooters attack me.
Look out. Mad flying flarble on the move.
They come in different colors. You just snap your fingers. If you're left handed, snap with the stems up instead of down.
No, throw lower.
No, throw sooner.
3rd time's the charm.
Lunch on the right side.
Lunch in the middle.
Lunch on the left.
The food was a pasta salad and chicken/wrap sandwich with desserts and drinks.
Mark Reed can keep a table from moving with just one finger. And he had copies of a calendar made from photos he's taken on his many trips to Alaska. Ask him about the electric fence to keep the bears out at night while you sleep.
Premier kites again. Maybe I'm getting redundant.
Anybody need a cookie? We bought a box and donated it to the troops. Lolly took care of everything.
The Prism booth ready for questions.
Scott adjusts the banners.
Making sure they're straight.
What a trooper. I asked him to throw the bird left-handed and he did a wonderful job.
The Prism booth with patrons.
Tom and Jon exchange a dubious looking tube of a white substance.
Stacking is for all.
Rob explains New Tech stock.
This cell kite looks pretty nice.
Rev indoor tethered trainer in use.
Photo by Jenna Andrews. Dodd is still taller than I am.
Here I have found a way to make Dodd look really good.
Lolly shows the difference between a normal rod set and a travel rod set for a Rev 1.5. The travel rod set would go on to win an award on Thursday evening.
Skydog staff at your service.
And in front of the foils. Sorry about that left side blur. I'm still blaming the busted lens. Sorry Frank.
Premier staff on the job with a customer.
John and Mel are all badged up.
Okay honey, we'll take you home now.
This is not my week. Now, my S100 (although mine is in black) decides to have a problem (shown above in an article). I've pulled out the older SD700 IS, same batteries.
Thursday, Banquet Dinner at Texas Station. Photos taken without flash with my 6 year old Canon SD700 IS. Photos taken from standing position, no tripod. Forgive the blur.
Awards ceremony after the banquet. Thank you KTAI. Bambi and I had a great time attending the event. (Photos taken without flash with my older, but still working Canon SD700 IS pocket camera. This was not a good week for me and cameras. For a tripod, I used an empty water glass sitting on the table.)