Arrived Friday morning. Photo taken through front windshield. Sunglasses on dashboard not needed. We went to California Adventure on Thursday and there were really short lines because everyone thought it would rain, but it didn't until Friday morning.
But, shortly after noon, the rain stopped and the sun started to poke through. Here Mike Kory and Dave Costello bracket themselves for me.
Kent Kingston flies his custom Skyburner Solus as the sun breaks through big time.
There were only a few fliers on Friday. Normally, I come in on Thursday afternoon. However, there were fliers here since Monday.
Donna tries out a prototype Aura SUL by Skyburner. This one weighs in about 5.2 ounces.
And this unique combination also has a spider rub patch. The spider makes the kite fly better.
Jon and Wayne are holding the 4 prototypes. 2 of the SULs weigh in at 4.2 ounces. The spider at 5.2 ounces and the standard, I don't know.
Then Jon and Wayne tell me, as a thank-you, to pick out one of the kites for me to keep. I'll let you guess which one I chose. Although the R/W/Bk looks pretty sweet too.
Enlisting the aid of Alex and Donna, we get a backlit shot of all 4 prototypes.
Thought I'd get some individual shots of the new Aura. Here Wayne holds up one of the 4.2 ounce SUL versions.
Wayne even wound the bobbin with the shiny thread so both sides have reflective webbing. Never again Wayne told me as the bobbin thread kept hanging up.
4.2 ounces of tricky SUL. Skyburner Solus in the background.
Jon Trennepohl holds up the standard weight (don't know how much). Wait, maybe the last one was the standard. I'll have to ask someone.
Robert Brasington from Tasmania (South of Melbourne, Australia). He likes our accents.
I've done a few of the photos in 2 different versions. This one of Robert Brasington is done with a cooler green tint than the previous photo.
All of the trains Robert flew had the common theme of running through the color spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.
Peggy holds onto a Brasington stack
Here is a 2nd version of the photo done in a lighter tint.
Robert lends his head as an abstract close-up object.
Jon holds a tip stab with one of the Aura prototypes.
Donna's Opus 8 (8 foot) has signatures from the entire Chicago Fire team from years ago.
Donna with an Opus 8. Thanks Lee for the correction.
Rev 1.5s were once again the most seen kites at the event.
Ben Dantonio (l) and Rich Comras with their custom Rev 1.5 kites.
Mike flies a 2 stack of Griffins. You will be seeing the Brasington kites used as a background a lot in this album.
Three Brasington stacks with a common color scheme, but different shapes.
Skyburner Aura poses with the Brasington stacks.
All the tails here are made from a shimmering black Organza material.
The shimmer would travel through the tails like a wave. It was very pretty.
I don't know how he gets all these color variations, but they look stunning. (following text: Rob Banks) You cannot imagine how much material that he has in his workshop!!!!!
Yes, that is a really pretty display.
George Halpin holds up a Solus custom which will probably never get lost, even in low light. (Following text by Rob Barden) Yes, my low light and fog kite. I chose the colors because I have trouble seeing which way my dark kites are pointing while tricking... I've never seen it in bright sunlight... hope you guys had your sunglasses on ! Ouch !
Donna Houchins had this beautiful SLK up. She had ordered the plans early so that she had time to add the stripes.
Donna with SLK built from plans from a Simon Crafts' Garuda workshop. Graphics extra.
2nd version of the same photo. I like them both.
By the way, the photos are roughly in chronological order.
It's a R/W/B kind of totem pole of Revs.
When you see a kiter in strong sun wrapped up, they are usually redhead types who sunburn very easily.
John Mason flies his Masterpiece Rev.
(text: Kent Kingston) This is a special masterpiece kite designed by Ben D. from Rev. It is called "New York Minute". These were limited production, not sure how many were made.
Brasington SLK stacks from the side.
Dave holds up his custom full-vented for the shot.
Mike loves stacks of older sport kites.
Nice to see some 2-line kites on the field.
This is the Premier Widow NG (New Graphics) held in place by designer Jon Trennepohl.
There are only 2 of these in the states. And both were brought by Jon to the Kite Party. You will see the other one later.
The new Widow from Premier.
Photo redone for a slightly different feel.
My favorite photo of the Widow from this mini-session.
And, of course, another Brasington stack.
(text: Ben Huggett) A South Jersey Kite Flyers logo on a Lehigh Valley Kite Society club banner. Made by Scott Spencer.
A view from the sport kite field toward the single line field.
I never did get a close-up of that black kite. (following text: Rob Banks) Charles Gillespie's Umbrella Star
Mike (l) and Dave hold up a 5 stack of Action Kites (Fire Darts? no, not Fire Darts) SKY DARTS, yeah. Thanks Andre.
See how much better a Brasington stack helps other kites look.
I like this version of the photo much better than the previous one. One of the versions was done on my friend's Steve's computer in Yorba Linda, the other was done at my home computer.
An unusual departure in the Brasington stacks.
I did a quick composite of 3 photos for this look. You can see the double pier supports in the middle part of the picture where the blends were done rather quickly. I did work harder to match the sky colors pretty well.
I went back and added the 2 photos (one on each end) to make this a 5 photo composite. It's not perfect, but looks good enough to the casual observer. Hope you like it. There are 2 more I could add, but the photo is already overkill.
The Foster's look like they are running their lines to all parts of the field.
Love how the head appears in the vented section.
Shook vented Rev. Sadly, I had left the lens on Manual Focus after a cross-over lines segment and had to throw away dozens of photos. Note that all of Rich's Revs use the magic sticks with extra bridle lines.
Over-exposed a bit. Sorry.
Robert Brasington worked very hard the entire time keeping his kites up and untangled as they would sometimes wander around and encounter other SLKs. He was a trooper. You can see the rippling Organza material fairly well on the upper tail.
Krystal FX Collector's Edition by R-SKY. Owned and flown by Kent Kingston. Man, this photo looks sweet. Normally, I rotate the photo to make the ocean horizontal, however, this was the upper edge of the photo.
Our rock star (Robert Brasington) holds onto the stack of geisha girls while the kite groupies surround him.
Packing up on Friday late afternoon. The boundary tape will go up on Saturday and Sunday.
Wayne and Jon check out this Brasington kite.
SATURDAY. Camp Chilese sets up. The signatures are going on a Memorial dragon kite for 3 sisters killed in Wisconsin last year. This kite was out in front of our tent (more of a lean-to in this photo) for all 3 days and Dave Shenkman made several announcements asking people to come on over. The Rev banner to the left was a gift from Ben Dantonio last year. Water and sunblock near at hand.
(Text: Kent Kingston) Ben D. flying the Jorgen Moeller Hansen Revolution, designed for the Decorators Rev Team and built by Martin Lester. I believe there are only two of these ever built.
Just chillin. Kurt waves hi.
Dano comes from Reno where he sometimes makes some home brewed beer.
In low wind, this photo took many attempts, but they hung in like troopers.
Katrina poses with her Rev B-Pro.
Rev fliers travel in packs. Here, a lone flier attempts to join the herd.
Gothic Delta by Robert Brasington. (text by RB follows) I designed this platform 2 years ago and was very impressed by its flying performance. They are steady, relatively strong pulling and take a wide range of wind. I am still testing their upper limit, but so far they easily handle moderate, firm sea breezes. The shape is nothing quite like the traditional delta, it is extremely low aspect ratio of this type of kite. I am sure their stability is in the unique keel, resulting in a light weight but rigid double spine concept. The kite carries a full carbon fibre frame. The graphics are inspired by contemporary gothic design. The kite stands a tall 2.7M and has a wing span of 2M.
I have the New Tech "Paper Airplane" version of this kite. Very stable flier.
KAP photos in progress. This man comes ready with brochures and photos on his apron. Anyone know his name?
Gary Mark holds onto this beautifully painted SLK. (following text: Rob Banks) Kite is the Dragon Flower made by Eric Curtis and Anne Sloboda of Boreal Kites of Canada
The tails look almost 3D from the body of the kite.
Ooohhh, matching color schemes.
(text from Robert Brasington) This is a new set of large deltas celebrating the Moorish Architecture of the southern Spanish region. In particular the Alhambra has been highlighted with its windows. The Deltas are 3 meters across and carry 6 tails that are 5M long.
The accent colors on the tails really bring them to life.
And matching color schemes. Robert had as many as 25 lines up over the weekend. That's about 50 kites to tend.
Robert checks out stability on the Gothic Delta.
George Halpin hard at work (although we did pose this shot). George volunteered almost all of his time to tending the SLKs.
I hadn't seen Rob Baptie in many years. So, we settled on his mean Texan pose.
Keeping the RWB SLKs going strong.
All made by that man, Kelly Bruland.
Fugu Inflatable. At times, these large kites would bounce up several feet.
Carol Pittman stalls her Ron Bohart Masterpiece Revolution 1.5.
Carol Pittman and Jim Foster hold onto this Bohart Masterpiece Rev 1.5.
Ron Bohart does some beautiful work.
When the kite is upside-down, the zebra is right-side up.
Katrina checks out the blurry kites.
N.Y.M. stands for New York Minute. Ben really did a nice job on this panel design.
Mike gets ready to launch a 6 stack of Griffin kites. That is really old school.
Houston, we have liftoff.
That is a lot of sail area.
Almost caught all of every kite full frame.
Rich with a Martin Lester Masterpiece. I was always bummed that the corners of the cubes didn't meet at the vertical rods. Would it have been that tough? Maybe yes. Hey, some guy is taking my picture. I want royalties.
That has got to be a Peter Betancourt Sport Kite (PBSK). Maybe the stiletto. Nope, it's a Warrior, thanks Allen.
Hey Lee, what model is this? I'll give you $20 cash for it right now. (He'll probably say no) (Following text Lee Stroup) No cash for my baby. It's a std Warrior originally ordered by David Kirk (for those who go back that far north and in time)
Dave Shenkman is down to 155 lbs from a thin 180 last year. All to run a marathon, which he has already done. I figure he will weigh about 130 next year. Stranger Level 7 (in Rainbo colors) by Andy Preston on loan from Alex.
Betancourt used a lot of Celtic designs. And the Brasington is done in Gothic motif.
Is this based on some existing art? I really like them. I've been told this is from the movie "Yellow Submarine".
Dave flies his custom Rev. Is this tie-dye or water on water or film when it's burning in a projector? (following text: Rob Banks) That is one of the custom Berkelely Festival models...very nice...
Miguel Rodriguez with Prototype #2 of his new sport kite.
Photo: Bambi Chilese. I actually flew some this year. Here is our AirFX serial #1. The AirFX is Bambi's favorite kite. UL, standard, vented. She loves them all.
Photo: Bambi Chilese. I have no idea what I'm pulling on the kite for in this shot.
Both color schemes of the Premier Widow NG.
That is a great assortment of SLKs.
Alex holds onto a beautiful Utopia. It always reminded me of an insect with its separate wing/body configuration.
With proper adjustments, this kite will fly from about 3 to 25 mph. But you better know what you're doing.
Kent has out his Spider Widow Maker with wind brakes. Only 7 of these were made, although Jon gets many requests to make more.
Mark Lummas with the new Team Kite (Jinx by Paul de Bakker).
Lisa is smiling because Jon has just given her a 4.2 ounce SUL Aura to try out and give him feedback. Lisa is a very good flier both indoors and out.
One of the Gothic Deltas has snagged a tube tail.
Alex had an excellent assortment of kites at his ready.
Mark tries out Christoph Fokken's new SLK.
Here's that KAP rig from 2 different angles. Pretty involved.
I'm just trained as a Mechanical Engineer and I have no idea what all that stuff does, although I'm sure it has to do with moving the camera. Who wants to explain to me what those fat clothespin pieces of wood do?
Christoph Fokken's beautiful SLK.
I'm putting up several pictures. Jon's SLK on the right and in the distance.
Okay, that's pretty well bracketed by cool SLKs.
Mark sure seems interested in it.
Three fine looking SLKs.
I was told that this was TK Barresi's first kite. Pretty amazing, even if it isn't her first build.
These Fugu bouncers seem to like being upside down. Are the eyes heavier?
Oh sure, make a liar out of me.
Follow the bouncing ball.
Even the frog is right-side up. But nooooo, not the big guy.
(text: Rob Banks) Ben Hugget's Color Cloud
That's just a fine looking RWB display.
Enough wind to inflate, but not enough to bounce.
Brasington Gothic Delta getting ready for some airtime.
I sure like the look of these.
It's what paper airplanes should look like.
Ready for launch.
Okay, let's go find an open spot.
Outside the Kite Party area, this man had this stunning set of Hyperkites (?). And, of course, his kites made the front page of the local newspaper.
I don't know what the dogs have to do with the Stars & Stripes, but they look good.
And even a UFO Flying Saucer.
The bouncing balls kept calling to me.
That Widow Maker wasn't there when I focused on the shot.
Lee with his miniature sport kite. It does fly by the way.
Sand Flea by Scott Hampton.
The bouncing balls were too much temptation for some of the kids.
Rich poses the Shook mesh for me a 3rd time. Hopefully, I'll get the focus change from manual to auto worked out in the future.
This photo was taken shooting through one of the mesh holes in Rich's kite.
Shook mini-banners. I brought the grey one over to hang with its buddies. Hadn't seen them in a year.
The soundman with the Sounds, man.
Every year I shoot some crossed-line Rev photos. This was the best point intersection, but not enough kites.
So we tried it several more times.
Always some entertaining patterns.
Camera focuses on kites instead of line. I would use manual focus, but was terrified I'd forget to switch back afterwards.
Okay, that's enough.
I kept asking them to tighten up the formation. This looks pretty good.
Sean guards the Revs and eats a hamburger at the same time. He is multi-tasking.
I am wearing a T-shirt on my head as my hat is on Kent's head. He forgot sunglasses and hat for the trip. Man, he must have been in a hurry to leave.
The UL frame didn't like the higher winds.
From the SLK field, you could find interesting groupings in any direction.
We finally had to escort the increasing numbers away from the inner field. It's an attractive nuisance to be sure.
View from the SLK field toward the main canopy.
Camp Chilese from another angle.
I miss my Tilley hat.
Dano thinks about flying the umbrella.
Mark Reed looks like he is on a mission. In the background, unravelling some tails proceeds.
The Rev boys told me they were going to spank the cherub.
Winds were climbing as you can tell from the downed SLKs and are leaning sundome.
Ken McNeill made about 12 AirFX venteds. The only 2 known left now reside in Las Vegas. Here Bambi flies one of them over near the Brasington.
This would be the Mike Old School Area (MOSA)
I was going to erase the guys head so it would look like the ball had swallowed him, but changed my mind.
Rob Baptie grabs a Brasington from the ball area. (following text: Ben Huggett) My bad. You can see the tails from ColourCloud on the ground. We got tangled with the Suttons and came down bringing Robert's kite down tool. Thankfully nothing broken. Sort it out and put it back up.
Ben holds an unknown sport kite. It's quite well made. Anyone have any idea what the origin is?
It's a rainbow of banners.
Photo: Bambi Chilese. For the old school shoot, I brought our Ed Shenk Mask UL. Held here by myself and Dave Alfano.
After much movement, this was our final arrangement for the OLD SCHOOL SHOOT 2013.
Photo: Bambi Chilese. While I was shooting pics with the Nikon, Bambi was shooting with our pocket Sony RX100.
KAP Photo: Gary Mark using a DCIM\100GOPRO.
Steve (l) and Charles (owner) hold onto this Joel Scholz "Beautiful Evil".
Jon Trennepohl made this huge Platz Glider with 3D looking rear wing. Lots of battens to shape it too.
It looks great with matching tail too.
Had to get a photo showing the whole tail.
See. It's really big.
Photo: Bambi Chilese Lee holds onto a Betancourt while I take apart the Joel Scholz Hummingbird he gave to me 2 years ago as a gift. (Following text: Lee Stroup) Correction: That's an AMI (or AM1) vented from Peter Betancout. Really old team kite. Note the 3 point leading edge bridle.
Photos: Bambi Chilese. Charles brought over his Joel Scholz "Percy the Pelican". All Percy shots by Bambi.
I had only heard of this kite.
Inflatable body too. (following text: Rob Banks) there is a fish inside the belly you can see sometimes!
Final Percy shot.
Photos: Bambi Chilese. Steve Gurganian put up his 4 stack of Rev II kites. Yes, the back sail is reversed. Maybe that's so people behind it can read the name.
Here, Steve and Marcela have fixed the rear kite sail direction.
I didn't even know Steve had this stack.
I believe this is Katrina with her full vented Rev.
All the kites were put away except this large bol. And it was nice enough to bounce up in the air as it spun.
From the parking lot.
Photo by Donna Houchins. My camera was in the car and Donna had hers. I asked for the best shot and she delivered.
Saturday night at the Lamppost Pizza auction. This Brasington Rok set a Kite Party auction record at $450, all of which goes into running the Party next year. Photo taken with RX100 pocket camera with flash pointed up to use as bounce fill (yes, that is cool for a pocket camera with built-in flash)
SUNDAY: Some of the Rev fliers (who shall remain nameless) were told NOT to fly over the pier with their kites. But would they listen? NOOOOOooooo. Well, now they know that the Beach Patrol boys mean business.
Mark Reed, expert flier was able to snag the banner not once, but twice with the Prism Zero-G glider. No kites were harmed in the taking of this photo.
Charles has some really nice SLKs.
Skyburner Delta Drive, won at the auction on Saturday evening.
Delta Drive and SUL Aura.
Charles poses this big SLK for photos.
Lummas Rev in "Too Much Fun" team colors.
Willow Robin with her custom (aren't they all?) Rev.
Mark, Willow, Steve, TK and John flying Revs (just guessing).
Rich axels his Martin Lester Rev while the others make sure no dual line kites get near.
Donna tries out one of the Aura prototypes.
Maybe the banner samari took out the people in the nearby chairs.
Working on the Geo-Pointer.
Tip stand for the Rok.
It's like a giant blue Finding Nemo clown fish. Very cool and big in the sky.
11 Revs and 2 dualies. Where is the justice?
Christoph folding up one side of his new SLK. Very nice.
The eyes keep drawing me back.
Jon puts the new Premier Widow NG to the test.
Mylar reinforcement and very nice construction throughout.
Both kites had been in a fade when Jon pulled the Widow out for flight.
Sherry won this Obsession at the auction.
Sean is so natural in front of the camera.
Watch the video here: http://www.ocregister.com/video/?videoId=2219242609001&play=now
Alex flies his STX 2.3 in front of a Brasington SLK.
Sean won this Skyburner Wahoo at the auction. He smiles here with the 2 designers.
I was leaving when Sean said that we needed an air shot. Here it is. Nicely done Sean.
Mark & Brent are babysitting the SLK line.
Brasington SLK won at auction.
Here, Alex talks about the new graphics on the Widow, which you can just see on the ground toward the left.
Don't try this at home. These 3 are professionals.
This kite has 11 different rainbow spinners. It was mesmerizing.
Kelly Bruland made all the bouncing balls you've been seeing in these photos.
I asked him to go sort-of hide behind one of the balls.
While Mark and Brent watch one of the SLKs, Jon gets ready to launch a "Warm Orbit" with SkyShark wrapped spars Premier diamond.
(text: Rob Banks) Marco Casadio Cherub! These get banned sometimes at festivals due to their anatomic design ;)
TriSaturn by Wolfgang Grimsel. Owned by Charles G. (Thanks Rob Banks for the info)
With coaxing, Charles was able to maneuver the Spinner kite near the big cell kite. Photo slightly over-exposed.
Stand in the shadow, and get an automatic backlit shot.
Color coordinated bouncing balls.
The tail was amazingly active.
4 Brasington SLKs.
Houston we have a problem.
Kites were going down.
These 2 were okay however.
You have got to love tails on kites.
Tents are not allowed on the beach. These all have to have open fronts.
It's tough just to see the 2 kites as separate entities here.
The Brasingtons surround the Geo-Pointer.
Jon Trennepohl, Mark Reed and Christoph Fokken.
Kent, TK and Steve adjust iQuad Revs.
Della Stroup holds onto the Dolphin.
Wow, my hat looks so cool on someone else.
Charles holds onto 3 Joel Scholz SLKs. He has so many SkyDelight kites. The tooth fighter is called Piranha and the other 2 are called Piranha Bait. (Names supplied by Mike)
David Alfano holds up his Peter Betancourt Bad Boy.
Joe Hadzicki showed up to indoctrinate many unsuspecting people into the art of 4-line flying. He has taught thousands how to fly.
Bambi gets her Prism Micron stack ready to launch.
David stalls his Bad Boy for me.
That has to be a trick, making the PBSK BadBoy stand up like that.
Photos of pig by Bambi Chilese. Steve had a new acquisition. It's the cult favorite HQ quad-line pig.
I giggle every time I look at that face. (The pig not Steve).
Photo: Bambi Chilese I had just explained to Barry (bandages) that he needs another more expensive Rev. There has been the Rev basic; Rev SLE, Rev B-Series, and now the Rev B-Series Pro. I told him the new, even more expensive one should be called the Rev B-Series Pro REALLY!
Photo: Bambi Chilese Marcela explains to Sean something motherly.
Photo: Bambi Chilese Meanwhile, Steve works on the pig.
Photo: Bambi Chilese Marcela is ready to fly something, anything. Right now.
The pig is very difficult to fly. It's shape is not conducive to quad-line control.
The next several photos are by Bambi or me. Sean shows his mastery of the pig.
I'm smiling just looking at the photos of the pig.
My longest flight was about 5 seconds.
Don't yank the pig Sean.
He is a cutey.
Bambi and Marcela discuss Micron stack strategy.
I am married to the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Mike (far left) has a pig. He said they do better in higher wind.
Okay, who is the wizard who is able to axel the pig?
Oh, it's Barry (Bazzer) Poulter. Should have known.
Kent won this beautiful Ray Bordelon MEFM (Most Excellent Flying Machine).
Note the tensioned self-adjusting standoffs. It's sort of an arrow on a bowstring configuration.
Man those colors look new.
The annual mass-assension of SLKs where the crowd gets to fly some donated deltas.
Photo: Bambi Chilese One of the few photos I like of myself.
Lisa flies this beautiful delta she was given. (following text: Rob Banks) Jacques Letourneau of Canada hand painted Eddy!
This kid was pumping that line like he was a machine in high gear. He was having a great time.
Photo: Bambi Chilese She explained that there are very few pictures of me in the previous Kite Party albums. That is true. So she took several photos of me. I have taken to wearing a long sleeve shirt with upturned collar to reduce the chance of sunburn. It's a trick I learned from Jim Byrne.
(text: Lee Stroup) Martin Lester Lady Bug. Bought it for my neice over 20 years ago. She lent it to me for KP
The cherub oversees all. Gary writes: An original Marco Casadio female cherubina I acquired via Martin Blais. I recently got a matching male cherub and I’ve not had any complaints, just giggles.
Gary brings down the cherub for a close-up.
Mr. B gets a stack ready. Actually, it looks like the rest of the stack is already up.
And the balls are rockin'.
Photo turned 90°. Looks like the Drake line has snagged some tails.
Two really nice looking SLKs.
Okay Jr., just bounce like I do.
JonT puts some Q-flaps on the Widow NG and flies the kite as a quad. Yes, it will back up and launch upside down.
That is a pretty panel layout.
Okay, on to the next kite.
This is Robert from New York. He just saw our kites and came over. He is on vacation and had this oldtimer. It was in need of repair, but flew and pulled hard enough to jerk me from my standing position. I then flew the kite to the edge and explained to Robert that there was way too much wind for this tractor of a hard puller.
I don't know what the kite is, but it is a looker.
Speed kite by someone whose name I forget. This may the the Tiger 2. Help me out people. This thing is very fast. Winds were about 15-20 mph. (Mike adds) yes, a Tiger II by Long Duong
When Bambi is flying a kite with a lot of pull, she will simply sit down and fly.
Insert added to previous picture showing the Micron stack Bambi was flying.
I turned around in time to see our sunscreen pop-up about 100 feet from where it should have been. Ron and Mike captured it and then Ron figured out an interesting way to bring it back to its original spot.
So Ron put the front strap around his chest and started jogging upwind. He is my hero.
What a great pilot he is.
I think he was showing off with the high leg kicks.
Best shot of the sequence. I was laughing pretty hard by this time.
Will he make it?
Marcela helps husband Steve launch their Micron stack.
Bambi is flying the vented Katana and Kent is flying the faster Spider Widow Maker.
Bambi and Kent were able to dock several times.
This is the Sportkitedesign Mohawk XS made under license from Robert Randolph. Of course, the design was slightly tweaked in the kite you see here.
Kitesurfer lower right.
Kent in teacher mode.
Steve in teacher mode.
Then final dinner at Ruby's. See you next year.