Thursday afternoon. Strong winds brought out vented kites. Here is a Shook mesh Rev Masterpiece series.
Polo Kites authorized Revolution in maxi-vent configuration.
Vented Katana with wind screens. Made by the late Marty Sasaki.
An 11 stack of Trilby's flown by Mike McDonald. He only put up 3 tails because he hates rolling them up when he is done.
Mike was able to loop the blue tail over one of the stack lines creating a "tail anomaly".
Dave Cathey tells Mike how he is doing. Mike is always doing just fine by the way.
Final stack photo. Is that a cargo ship on the horizon?
Had to add this stack photo.
Line crossing of Revs 2012.
It has become a tradition to take some crossed line Rev photos. Although I took less this year and with fewer kites. My goal is to hopelessly tangle up several thousand dollars worth of line. Sadly, these fliers are too good.
And on to other kites.
Donna had her vented Mantis.
This Rev has the "magic sticks" added.
XTRA vented Revolution. Please forgive the sunspots, I was going for strong backlighting.
Full-vent Rev in good fliers favorite position, upside down. Revolution should just offer the kite with all the logos upside down so they would appear rightside up when in this position.
If you don't wear a hat, you have to sit in the sand as punishment.
A close-up showing the "magic sticks". They're sort of like having training wheels on your bicycle.
Of all the Masterpiece Series Revs, the Shook mesh is my favorite. Must be the engineer in me loving the strong geometrics.
Friday morning. This is Allen Carter's beautiful Betancourt Bad Boy, probably in UL or SUL framing.
The hybrid.200 by Thomas K Horvath. An elegant low/no wind glider.
Dave holds up this eye-searing ZeroStar by Paul Shirey of AeroStar kites.
Paul no longer makes kites. His build quality was always impeccable.
Donna flies her 2-stack of self-made SULs.
Very pretty. So are the kites. :-)
(Photo by Sean Gurganian) Looks like I've managed to snag the line with the lower spar. Fortunately, it slid off. Later, I would add one of the 2 matching streamer tails after taking off this U-tail blue ribbon.
Killer Bee in a fade, held by Donna.
Kevin Bayless extended Rok provides a beautiful background for the 2001 Smithsonian People's Choice Award winning DOUBLE DONDAI by Ed Shenk.
Winds were low during the morning.
C21 Extreme prototype. All the internal panels are glued only, no sewing.
In basically zero wind, I asked Mike to at least yank up this colorful stack for some photos. Chaos followed.
Mike was walking backward quickly and yanking to give me some airtime for the stack.
He's still running backward to give me a few seconds for photos. Thanks Mike.
The pelicans were brought in from another photo taken on the same day.
Slightly different angle and without the bird addition.
In the background, Dave is still coughing. He had been pretty sick several days ago and was still recovering. In the foreground (Phil Kalenowsky), an experiment in gyro stabilization for one-handed Rev flying.
I took many photos of these 10 Revolutions. This was my favorite.
Instead of using conventional trucks with drag chains to smooth the beach, Dave has hired several agile people to pick up sand from the high spots with their toes and distribute the grains to low areas. Less pollution.
If you pay Bazzer extra money, he will split the outside vertical panel, which allows this very nice geometric design to happen.
The Bazzer Masterpiece eyes started out as a limited edition of 10. Now, the design is limited only to how many people will order it. These are the vented version. Note that the glint in the eye is a small Revolution shape.
Feels like I'm being watched.
Some of the more recent additions to this album have been rendered with a cooler tint than most of the others. Note the slightly greener sand.
They almost look like a progressive stack.
A homemade stack of quads in a smaller size.
Annie holds up a 10th Anniversary Opium in front of a Kevin Bayless owned Koi fish from Malaysia.
Note the very expensive purse being used as a beach tote.
Wakeless Kites Progressive stack during flyby.
A stack of Premier Vision kites. Knowing Mike, I'm guessing there are 6 different color choices available.
And some beefcake for the women to look at.
A stunning foil sewn by Kevin Bayless. I believe the panels were colored by Ty Billings, but am open to inputs from the readers.
Both of these Beautiful Evil quads were made by GFAK (Go Fly A Kite).
Those kites make me smile every time I see them.
If you look to the far left you will see the Revolution logo. Yes, this is a licensed version made by Polo Kites.
Mike holds up his Skynasaur dual-line kite.
The tail should attach at the bottom tip of one of the two main spars along with its twin. We chose to hook up one tail at the tow point. The tails had never been unwound in the 10 years we have had the kite. The ends would fray a bit and tangle. Here Allen Carter assists in tail management.
A tough day in the sun.
Kevin Bayless will never tell me how many panels are in any of his kites.
Made by Kevin Bayless with some design inputs by Ron Gibian.
And here are the 2 brains behind the kite, literally.
Jon Trennepohl had just launched his new 10 foot prototype dualie. One of the lower spreaders split within seconds. Jon told me that he uses blems from Skyshark. The next one worked fine.
Everyone loved the fish.
And here is the Skyburner 10 foot prototype. It might see production if interest is keen. I'm calling it "The Sniper".
Creator and created dancing in the wind.
Yep, that is a large kite. Quite tricky too.
Wayne Brunjes checks out the bridle of his creation.
Here are the showers for the surfers. Oh drat, that woman got in the way.
Corey Jensen talks with the boss of the Trennepohl household.
The yellow boundary tape was only put up on Saturday and Sunday.
Marcela, Bambi, Sean and Mark sit back, knowing that they are protected by a sea of kites.
Dano and family came down from Reno, NV. Playful SLKs were the order of the day.
Devin spanks the "Sniper" around while Jon Trennepohl and Dave Shenkman supervise.
Here Devin is using my 30 foot long "photo lineset".
Devin skids to a halt after he flares his co-designed Solus.
Kicking up the sand.
A vented L'Organic made by the pilot, Don Cortez. He is quite the trickster.
The L'Organic is a smaller, very quick trickster.
Ed Shenk signature on the Double Dondai. Made and signed in 2001. Note the star stitching on blue and the heartbeat stitching on the red.
Saturday morning and Devin is up with his Solus UL. Note that he is holding the line near the kite while the straps are on the sand behind him.
A homemade quad-line kite. Alex is using my 40 foot quad-line set for photo purposes.
Resting on the umbrellas.
That blue pop-up tent sets up in seconds.
Bambi and I set up our red/white sunshade near the corner of the dual-line area. We were quickly surrounded by Rev fliers.
Wayne Brunjes had this beautiful SLK up. The white ball rotates.
Alex Herzog with his California Wasp.
Banners, SLKs, dualies, it's all here.
The ITW version of the Hydra, designed by Paul de Bakker.
The victory ribbon idea came to Paul one night after many hours of "deliberationlibation".
This was going to be a picture of the DJ. I was thwarted. TKs timing was perfect.
Our host for 10 years, Dave Shenkman of the Kite Connection. He is wearing Maui Jim sunglasses.
There's Dan. He even downloaded a Brandon Flowers song for me. What a good guy.
IKE photo shoot.
Kevin (along with George Halpin) spent the weekend tending his large SLKs. He also tended other peoples kites too. Lots of dedication and huge spikes to anchor the big stuff.
Look, up in the air, it's a really cool looking SLK with a spinning white ball.
I need help with a name here people.
Demetri helps his dad get the Level One ready for liftoff.
And Mr. Alfano attains liftoff.
Looks like the camera decided to focus on the RWB stuff.
Paul de Bakker tricks his kite very well.
Nic is also a flat track roller derby queen.
Looks like an RWB kind of day.
A 5 stack of diamond kites by Jens Frank of Level One Kites.
2nd kite in the stack.
3rd kite in the stack.
Just a bit too racy for the PG audience.
Last kite in the stack. Nice artwork Jens.
Ron is such a chick magnet.
A beautiful Ron Gibian SLK with U-shaped tail. The camera was placed just above the line and focused on the kite causing a blurring of the string near the camera.
Cooperating SLKs always help.
That pyro looks great, doesn't it?
Every time Christoph Fokken put together his SLK, I had to get a picture of it.
Don't know whose kite this one is, but I like it.
Kevin Bayless patchwork lifter with line laundry.
Don Cortez has many Ocius kites.
The North side of the field had all the cool people.
Vegetable line laundry.
Together, Devin (l) and Alex (r) are about 40 years old. They both major in music, play several instruments, write music, but live thousands of miles away from each other.
RWB foil with matching ruffle tails.
Marco's kite even matches his sunshade.
Ben has all these really cool mini-Rev banners.
I've been thinking about getting a belly piercing.
Dave and Demetri with Demetri's newest kite.
My favorite colors on a kite.
There's Don with his 4 custom Ocius kites.
Note that there are 5 different colors on this one. Subtle differences.
Devin with an older Skyburner (Wahoo, thanks Dave).
Annie is doing her puppy paws impersonation.
If it's a stack, it's probably one of Mikes.
Bols can be so fickle.
Wala XL with U-shape tail.
Corey being interviewed. How does one get Corey to talk. He's such an introvert.
This is a sharp looking SLK.
Ron Gibian holds onto one of his beauties.
Making a video by interviewing the "flowing robes" of kiting.
Best moustache again goes to Corey.
The Euro kiters in their bare feet. Christoph won the best sunglasses contest.
Too many lines. I'm getting seasick.
A beautiful Gemini UL.
Looking South between the mini-Rev banners.
AeroStar Group Shoot. All of these kites were made by Paul Shirey. Note the instructions for the Stryke Fighter being held near the center (it appears George Halpin is hiding, I didn't get many shots of him).
Jest Of Eve kites by Mark Clements. There are 6 Talons and 1 Trident. Finally, there's George.
A moment of silence while white kites were flown in remembrance of the one year anniversary of the tsunami which hit Japan in 2011.
"the long way home" by Hovarth.
An elegant low/no wind large glider. And just darned expensive.
I think this one is called a canard. Maybe. And it is very big.
Cosmic TC Ghost SUL. It's called an SUL, but they lie.
Every now and then, I get a photo that looks like I must have been 50 feet up in the air to take the picture.
Paul de Bakker designed and built Skate.
Sharp color combination.
And the SLKs dance.
These guys are so cool.
I love the facial expression.
I have never seen these SLKs before.
Adrian (like in the Rocky movies) with Lee's "the long way home".
Only white kites please. (Oh, I just noticed a white Pyro in the background). And I hear there was an all white BMK Mamba on the field that didn't make it over, bummer
ITW Hydra. Paul de Bakker's feet kicking up some sand.
Although Paul de Bakker's head is not visible, he is the pilot who has flown the Hydra into an over-rotated pancake so that the viewer can look at the front side of the kite.
Marco flies my AeroStar Stryke fighter. I have exaggerated the bow so you can see the very nice tensioning system Paul Shirey designed. Although, I did design the logo.
Allen Carter is wearing shoes!!
Love the arm gestures.
Crandall Wong (far left) is the shy type.
Corey and Christoph on the beach, flying kites on a beautiful day.
The Alfano clan with a Benson Airbow, designed by Andy Wardley.
Ed Skow holds up his Team Next.
The "Invictus". This freestyle sport kite was developed by Davide Equizzi. He then published the designs on the web so that anyone could make one. This one was made by Marco.
The B'zar 2011 standard designed by Hulstaert Werner with plans distributed on the web. Marco also made this kite. He is becoming quite the kitemaker.
Crandall Wong can jump really high. Bambi is using her stern face as the kite isn't minding her.
Photo by Crandall Wong. I handed the camera to Crandall and asked him to take pictures of a few kites. He is quite capable and said he would attempt to shoot in my style. Thanks Mr. Wong. Nirvana in custom colors.
Photo by Crandall Wong. A Sandpiper UL designed and made by Chris "Beaker" Matheson. It's not a Midi-Sandpiper like I thought.
Photo by Crandall Wong.
Photo by Crandall Wong. Marcela helps me put away the Inner Space.
Photo by Crandall Wong. So from about 30 feet away my shirt goes from RWB to just being purple. David Alfano helps hold my hair in place.
Photo by Crandall Wong. First time flying lesson on a Benson Inner Space.
Photo by Crandall Wong. Crandall told us all to jump on the count of 3. Sean only jumped with the upper half of his body. Elena (far left) is attempting to jump and fly the kite at the same time.
Steve Gurganian sets up the Benson Inner Space.
Sunday morning (An incredibly rare Dromgold progressive stack of miniature dual-lines.)
(following text by Jim Strealy)
We call David's kite a "Revalino". He doesn't sell them. What you do is send him a Rev 2 and he removes the screen & leading edge along with the rev label and sends back this beauty. No money involved. As far as I know David & Claudia have several, Lee Stroup, George Halpin and myself have one each.
One of the few photos which shows the odd shape to this SLK.
Christoph with his SLK.
The prettiest Gary Dromgold kite was won at the auction by Donna.
11 Skyburner Solus kites. The top photo is front lit and the bottom photo is backlit.
Gary Dromgold passed away recently. Dave Shenkman purchased Gary's private collection of self-made kites and put them in the auction. These 12 kites are them. The 2 highest kites, held by Mark and Nik are from a later photo and then very quickly merged here. Please excuse the poor layer merge as I am quite tired from posting all these photos. (Yin-Yang kite on loan from David Cathey, who had to leave before the shoot. Dave, I've got your kite safely tucked away)
4 Extended Roks by Kevin Bayless.
Close-ups of the Kevin Bayless extended Roks.
Prism flip kite being tweaked.
Christoph Fokken with a SpiderKites fighter.
Mr. Fokken then went over to fly one of his foils.
Gary Dromgold kites now owned by Mark (on the left, duh).
Nirvana kites on the left and Team Next kites on the right. Ed (in black shirt) is partially sponsored by both R-Sky and Skyshark.
Hence, the handshake.
I won the Superman and Batman Dromgold kites in the auction and was given the mini-Rev banner by Ben. Very cool banner.
The Ben Lummas group fly about to start. New Tech donated several dozen of these nice fliers for the event.
Get a $20 kite for $10 with all donations going to assist Ben with his medical bills.
Sean Gurganian with his auction won Phoenix.
Gary Drombold SUL flown by David Alfano.
I have been told to never use blue, red and yellow in a kite because people will automatically think of Superman. Not a problem here.
A 1998 Elixir flies near a Don Cortez prototype.
Finally, Allen took his shoes off.
Jim holds up his beautiful Benson Phantom Elite. Oops, just noted a sunspot. I may have to go fix that later.
Dave Hadzicki (far left) gives Rev lessons on the South side of the pier.
Paul de Bakker tries out Don Cortez's prototype.
Ed has a lot of R-Sky kites.
First attempt at cool picture, didn't quite work.
Okay, this looks pretty good.
Level One "Jack The Fly". This kite looks different from either side and when backlit or front lit. I mean drastically different.
The golds are stunning. The pictures do not do the kite justice.
In real life, that gold is mesmerizing. Green accent thread too.
And from the back, the kite is black. John says he is not going to fly this one.
Going back into the bag for the final time at Kite Party. I will miss this extremely stable SLK.
Walking out to Ruby's for dinner after Kite Party 10 officially ended. Bummer.
Sunday night dinner at Ruby's on the end of the pier. A very serious time. See you all next year at Kite Party 11.
Photo by Ed Skow. Ed took this photo with his iPhone. The bird wasn't in the picture when Ed pressed the button, but he must have swooped in. This was taken through the window at Ruby's on the end of the pier.