THURSDAY, March 10, 2011. Dave Shenkman looking slim, close cropped and ready to host the amazing Kite Party 9.
I hit the beach around 4:30 PM on Thursday. It seemed appropriate that the slightly hazy conditions called for a monochrome kite and the Mamba was stunning. Thanks Dave.
Zam Criste with an Aerostar kite by Paul Shirey (not Shirley).
Allen Carter stalls a stunningly tricked out TrickTail UL previously owned and trained by Steve Hall.
Rich flies what looks like a GKPI double logo kite. This must be a dye-sublimation print.
Don't worry, the kites are not near the kids in the sand.
Was it Lily? I know it started with an L. Please forgive me. You flew beautifully.
Crystal Kite "Centurion"
There it is again.
This is Allen Carter's newer Spectra Sport Reactor. Very old school. My Quantum Pro rests on the ground.
FRIDAY: Tsunami in Japan the night before caused the precautionary closing of the beach, pier and parking lots on Friday. The pier would open around noon and the beach and water a little after 4 PM.
The guitar player on the left also sang (and I use the term loosely). I was going to pay him $5 to be quiet for 30 minutes.
So, since the parking lot was not being used for cars, several of the kiters flew. The winds were nice and the weather perfect if you were active.
Donna sneaks up on a Wolfgang Siebert Sweety.
The parking lot is composed of 3 tiers. I walked up to the 2nd tier and started waving my arms. Luckily, the kiters have been trained to perform, and they are very good at it.
As unique as snowflakes. Similar but different.
Allen with his Rasta-Sweety. Note the very wide, flat portion of the sail.
Not digital. This is a Mamyaflex twin lens film camera from 1959.
You can always tell a good Rev flier. They have the brakes set very heavy and prefer to fly the kite upside down. I am not that good.
This is the "Night" version of the B-series Rev 1.5. It is an exclusive color combination of A Wind Of Change. We fly a lot at night in Las Vegas during the summer, and an easily seen kite helps a lot.
My son skateboards, so I took a shot for him. You can always tell when something has been made by a skilled craftsman and presented for public viewing.
They opened the pier around noon. However, the beach and water would be closed until 4 PM.
There were lots of trash cans to keep the beach free of extra materials.
George (left) flies the Kymera which was designed by the man directly below it.
Now where did John Barresi go anyway?
Meanwhile, John flies George's Talon.
Allen Carter with 1 of his 2 Matheson Midis.
Allen, the low wind junkie.
Kurt with his Fearless.
A Sky Delight Luna Moth UL. Designed and built by Joel Scholz.
There's Corey Jensen, owner of the kite and a very good low wind flier.
Ocius UL by Skyburner Kites.
Killer Bee stack flown by Mike Macdonald.
Normally, I don't like photos with parts of the kite missing, but this one looks pretty good.
Donna with one of her self-made kites.
David Cathey flies this Skydancer, made by the recently deceased David Davies. There are normally matching twin tails, but the wind was too low for them to see air time.
(text by Thomas Benjamin) Skydancer designed by the late David Davies and made by Con Engels of Windstar Kites.
(l-r) Joni, Alex & Kaylyn.
John Barresi axels his Rev for me while Allen flies his Midi in the background. Note the lines at John's feet.
Ben flies across camera while John continues to make his kite do unnatural acts.
Silver Fox 2.3 Pro by Flying Wing Kites. Designed by Bell Chiu.
Kent Kingston stalling a Silver Fox 2.3 Pro near sunset. Marco and Annie look on.
I am a firm believer of getting a photo where the kite fills the screen. This fits the bill very well.
SATURDAY: Jim Strealy with a Benson Inner Space.
iQuad fliers are very communal. Here Barry grooms Dave by picking off and eating the flies and ticks from his coat.
I begged for music less than 20 years old. And our outstanding DJ gave us variety ranging from Arcade Fire to ZZ Top with enough 40 year old music to keep Shenkman from dropping his dentures in the sand when a Lady GaGa song happened.
IKE, without Mike Macdonald who was rescuing his brother from car trouble.
So I asked and then strongly suggested everyone remove their hats. And almost everyone was fine with that.
This is the Mega Plutz designed and built by Jon Trennepohl. Based on the Ceewan Plutz.
This angle shows the unique construction details fairly well. I love the bend in the spars.
Here you can see the rear battens are cleverly disguised by the black panels' inner curvature. An elegant, subtle detail.
Mike Macdonald flies his Griffin 5 stack by the camera.
Each volleyball pole that must be moved for Kite Party costs Mr. Shenkman $30.
There were slightly less people this year than the year before. What are those little chili pepper inflatables?
Ron Gibian had several of these circular fliers with fuzzy tails.
Christoph Fokken talks with Mark Reed. Looks like I have some moisture on the lens in this photo.
(text by George Halpin) Pat Lewis. My good buddy, he knows how to handle big kites. Jordan design, Jeff Howard produced, Kevin Bayless repaired.
I almost feel violated. The lower part of the picture is a reversed photo I took last year (Note the 2 kicking fliers on the right). However, all the lines and pier, palm tree etc were added. I like it though.
I asked Barry (Bazzer) to put up his freckled arms so you could see he was flying 2 Revs. Normally, his hands are not that high, honest.
Oh what a wicked web we weave. I again kept my promise and flew no kites with more than 2 lines. Not that I am against quads, just giving the lads and lasses a hard time.
Where is my Kevlar lineset?
We had 17 Rev fliers crossing lines last year, so this was more of a smaller scale geometric study in line formations.
This line photo came out fairly well.
(text by Troy Gunn) An old New Tech Kites "Mini-Lotus". These were made in the mid 90's. (text by Allen Carter) Actually, it's a Mini Lotus, the baby version of the Lotus team kite. OzoneJim has this one, mine is the blue one. These were upgraded by the late great Brian Todd with all new fittings, frame geometry and an additional standoff per side. He turned a zoomy, noisy beach kite into a trickster.
The new Skyburner Prototype. Designed by Jon Trennepohl and Devin Cobleigh-Morrison. Graphics by Trennepohl/Brunjes.
I did my first and many subsequent double yo-yos. This is the kind where you do the accelerating pull in-between the first and second roll-up. Oh, and really fast, precise, 2-pop cascades.
Alex Herzog runs forward to get maximum rotation on the kite to present the front side to the viewer.
Alex Herzog over-rotates the Skyburner Prototype #1 so I can see him and a backlit FRONT of the kite. Note the sand he is kicking up. That's a 100" kite by the way. My vote for a kite name is still Sniper. Think about it Mr. Trennepohl.
Probably my favorite of the 3 over-rotated pictures of the Prototype.
Bazzer double dragon awaiting flight as the lovely Mrs. Alfano gets a photo. There were lots of cameras throught the weekend. Hmmm, I just noticed the mini-Revolution logo in the middle.
An Allen Carter collection of old-school fliers.
Lee Stroup hides behind a Little Dipper (IIRC)
(l-r) Ben and Dmitri hold up an amazing gift from Lee Stroup to me. This is an official "Sky Delight" Joel Scholz Hummingbird. It's really the same as a Kestrel with slightly different graphics.
There's those little inflatable thingies again.
It seemed normal to put an RWB Rev 1 near the American flag.
Christoph Fokken holds up a 5 year old SpiderKites Zodarian. Hope I remembered the name correctly.
Jon Trennepohl stalls the 2nd prototype of the new Skyburner kite.
Wayne Brunjes wanted to make the 2 prototypes look as different as possible while still showing off the 22 panel design well.
Lane of banners.
Seems a shame to put sand on such a beautiful Ron Gibian SLK.
And another Gibian design.
You can just make out an out-of-focus kiteline on the left of the big delta. Note the matching color scheme of the box kite on the right with matching transition tails.
It appears that the Rok is staring at the Jordan foil.
David Gomberg shakes hands with an inflatable Happy Bee. Don't know if that's the name, but it should be (Bee). The official name is ZumZum. Licensed & Protected by Christian Laskowski. Distributed by GKPI.
I'm a purist. The yellow one looks the best to me.
Certainly not a killer bee.
Like we need more advertisements in our society. I guess you have to pay the bills. Looks vaguely Italian with the colors.
A stunning tri-tail delta.
Several male kiters warned the girls about the dangers of skin cancer and offered to apply sunscreen on them free of charge.
(text by Joe Vertigo) Wayne Brunjes designed and hand crafted this Geo-Pointer. It started out simple red,white,blue....he added sides and hand crafted and sewed all overlays.
These are reproductions of the cell kites used in the recent Starbucks commercial.
Where's Ben. Ben's here.
This pose is an inside joke between Sean and some friends. I don't want to know what the joke is.
I have attempted to put in a few more of the people around the perimeter in my photo cropping this year. As I get older, somehow, people seem to be getting more important.
Ray Bethell flies 3 of the Kestrel version of this Sky Delight kite.
John Mason owns a Kestrel and came over to make sure Marcela was in control.
Relax Marcela, it's just a kite. She really flies quite well, but is very careful with other people's kites.
Donna bought this Prism Radian for $50! Here Mark Reed sees what he remembers about his first kite design.
Mark is just too good at kites. Prism Radian.
Ron Gibian Millipede. I'm shooting along the kite line to get the strange looking perspective on the out-of-focus line.
Yes, I know it's 2 photos that don't match. Sue me.
Classic Prism photo shoot. Go ahead, name all the models.
Vented Bazzer "Eyes" Rev 1.5.
Shouldn't at least one of these frogs be green?
I was going to reverse this photo so the text would read correctly, but left it as is.
Build your own words by attaching the letters in any order you want.
That's a pretty Single Line Field. We had 3 fields with a smaller 3rd field on the East side of the pier being used for kite flying lessons.
Photo by David Gomberg, maybe. I loaned David my camera and he took several photos. This might be one of them. Looks good.
Guess what's on the front of the shirt. No, not that.
The women's Revolution team with an amazing group of Masterpiece kites. Note that all the Masterpiece Revs have womens faces on them and are made by Randy Tom.
Rob and Christoph must be flying some super-high-dollar kites if they are taping movies of them. Let's take a look at what they're flying.
3 Viper model sport kites by Shaun Tinkham. Owned and flown really well by Alex Herzog.
My Cosmic Ghost awaits some trick time.
Mike Macdonald flies his 7 stack of Nexus kites. Note that there is one model of each color combination available.
15 Revs (so you don't have to count them).
Sean borrowed a Prism Tensor from the Kite Connection.
Mark Reed is so good he doesn't have to even look at the big foil to fly it.
Photo by Sean Gurganian, maybe. I don't remember taking this one.
Photo by Kent Kingston. This is Sean flying.
Prophecy by Prism Kites. Yes, it is very pretty.
Mike flies this Jam Session 2000 Vented. I thought it was a Tramontana.
SUNDAY: Bring out the light stuff, the wind was very, very low.
What's wrong with this picture? Not a darned thing.
Jim Strealy holds Pizazz #88 by Dick Barnes. Inset shows inscription.
Lee Stroup with a PBSK AerZero.
Sean flies one of his 2 auction wins. This is the first run Shadow UL with rainbow applique. All the newer versions have a solid color applique center. I had one of these but gave it to my son when he requested a tricky light wind kite.
Lee with a Feather SUL.
Donna has a Vapor in the background, but it's hiding. Lee is flying a Feather.
Oh, there's the Vapor.
Dave flares his Fearless by Lam Hoac.
Le Quartz designed by Christian Derefat. Annie holds her gift from Marco. I like how she is wearing matching pink.
Ron Despojado has a kite for every mood.
Dylan is just a chick magnet.
Don't tell anyone, but Dave Shenkman can fly 2 line kites really well. The Shadow UL is a very touchy kite, but it only took Dave about 3 seconds to adjust to a kite he'd never flown before.
Jim tries to hit Dave with his Pizazz, but Dave is too cool to be hit.
Mr. Smooth. That's what we're going to call him.
Marco holds up his first build and Annie holds the second.
Lee flies a Paul Shirey Sano.
Note the unusual standoffs which can be adjusted by sliding the standoff connector along the lower spreader. Paul calls this his "Shape Shifter".
(text by Rob Banks) Mark Reed flies the Mega Plutz by Ceewan.
David Alfano is hypnotized by the kite's graceful arcs.
Ron has to go to the bathroom.
Corey Jensen hanging out with the Ron Gibian Millipede.
John & Chris Bloomfield won this new Zephyr at the auction the night before. My thanks for the correction.
More kites is a good thing.
Sean takes over on the Mega Plutz.
Sean is the greatest flier I've ever seen.
I know nothing about this kite. Anyone?
Marieanne Trennepohl guards the Widow Maker from strangers.
Christoph Fokken and John Barresi discuss World Of Warcraft strategies.
Mike Macdonald with a 2-stack of 10 foot California Condors.
Killer Bee stack ready for Mike's capable hands.
Ben stalls the Rev for camera capture.
Looks like the Rev is birthing a baby Rev of identical colors on the right. Maybe this photo is too graphic for family viewing.
Crandall stalls his ADX auction win for me.
So if you have 2 expensive Revs, do you start battling them? Yes, in this case. I couldn't watch.
Fortunately they both survived.
Crandall has a camera and lens behind him the size of a Thanksgiving turkey.
Wyn with his "Creamsickle" Nirvana UL. He sold 2 of his Nirvanas so he only has 6 of them now.
Thanks Wyn. He is also a country line dancer.
David Gomberg gives a proctology exam to the Blue Meanie.
Photo by Sean Gurganian. I am using my Vulcan mind powers to stabilize the Total Eclipse flown by Alex Herzog.
Photo by Sean Gurganian. I am a few pounds lighter than last year by the way.
And the Blue Meanie leaps into the air.
Lummas family prepares for a 2 sport kite demo.
That's a Rev trainer which can be used indoors or out to teach new fliers in the ways of the dark side.
No, you hold the tail and I'll untangle the lines.
How many people does it take to separate 2 Ron Gibian SLKs?
This is the new XTRA Vented Rev with twin vertical rear stabilizers. The stabilizers can be canted inward to increase cornering ability, but they have to be flown using a total of 6 lines. The quad-fliers are thrilled with having even more control of an inanimate object.
A homemade stack of mini-quad lines.
Orion designed by Christoph Fokken for New Tech kites.
Black, white and red is a very powerful color combination on kites IMHO.
I didn't even have to ask him to put a few twists in the line.
Ron Gibian truly has a whimsical side.
Ronin flies in front of a Gibian tail and New Tech paper airplane kite (it's not really made of paper).
Alex attempts to fly by flapping his arms. He'll probably do it some day. He's really good.
Got $4200? Then you could purchase a Mega Meanie from GKPI.
Made by Peter Lynn Ltd.
Ben Lummas (9 years old) doing a Revolution demo.
Ben and Ben hug while Dave calls for a mega-fly of diamond kites which will be purchased at $20 each.
Photo by Jim Strealy of Ben after a hard workout. Chicks dig kiters. That's me WORKING just over Ben's right ear while Jim checks out the women.
Sadly, the wind was barely adequate. A few early fliers were able to get high enough to catch some wind.
But many kites weren't as fortunate.
Dave collars a young man who was running with the kite in an unusual manner.
He hands off the kite to his friend.
And she managed a little airtime.
(Photo by Sean Gurganian) Here they have captured me. They promised to release me if I knelt before them.
John and Debbie Nordin. John remembered me from a trip I made to Kite Hill 8 years ago. I remembered him after a reminder. He had been flying a Spyro-Jet sport kite then.
Marcela details the plan to the bank heist later that evening. Green kite from mega-fly below.
Kent has now taken over flying the home-made stack.
Hmmmm, let's fly 2 quad-stacks of different size and quantity near the center of the wind window. How hard could that be.
So the Rev stack goes up first.
Meanwhile Steve and Marcela Gurganian make their annual kite fly.
The lower kite is Dave Shenkman's new custom color (or lack of color) scheme. Above, John Mason flies one of his self made creations.
So John and Donna fly around for me.
I didn't realize how much of the weekend was slightly overcast until just now. I am so not observant.
And finally our 2 stacks are ready.
I took about 50 pictures of this configuration. The kites were bobbing around quite a bit.
This one looks pretty good.
Looks like the camera is focused on the 4th kite back from the pilot.
The R-Sky Diablis. Designed by Christian Derefat
Marco holds Allen Carter's Vibe. A little bend in the wingtip there Marco.
(Info: Allen Carter) This is a Tori Tako "Mosquito". It is smaller than the Mini-Lotus.
The wind picked up toward Sunday sundown and Kent pulled out his custom Widow Maker. There were only 7 of these made.
The pilot made this kite. Sorry, I forgot your name from a few years ago.
(text: Kent Kingston) This was Kimberly's very first Kite Party - and her very first time flying a dual line kite. She is the proud owner of the Jazz and did exceptionally well with it. Bridgit (on the right) spent most of the time flying her Rev but they both had an excellent time.
Bridgit holds up the custom Widow Maker.
Dylan looking cool.
Hey Sean, where's the upper spreader? Don't worry, you have another year to find it. See you at Kite Party 10 in March of 2012.