Inspired by the disc golf thread, I would like to talk about how we fill our time when we are not surfing for porn, working, surfing for porn at work, posting here, or drinking until we fall unconcious. I would hope that everyone has something
outside of a glowing screen that they do for fun, and if not, maybe this thread will give you a few ideas.
As for me, I give you stunt kites!
Stunt kits (or power kites) come in all shapes and sizes, the main difference between them and boring single line kites is that you have control over what they are doing. The kit above is a dual line parafoil, one of my two kites. It's a bit on the small side at a wing span of only six feet, but that is more than enough to knock you on your ass if you have a good windy day. The main advantage of a parafoil over other stunt kites is that there are no spars to break. The whole thing squishes down to the size of a lunch box and is very easy to get going on your own. It never leave my trunk.
This is a more traditional dual line kite. They are usually a little faster than parafoils, but don't have the same pull.
Now this is where it's at. Revolutions, and other quad line kite, offer more control than any other kite. They can stop in mid air, spin, move horizontally, and all sorts of other stuff that I am not good enough to pull off. They are a bit on the expensive side: my Prisim Stylus was around $100, not including line. My Rev 2 (not the one pictured) was around $300 when I bought it many, many years ago. They have not gotten any cheaper since.
want one of these, but convicing the wife to let me spend that much on a kite is going to be tough:
There is actually a kite festival in Milwaukee this weekend which draws a pretty big croud every year, so this hobby is not limited to warm weather climates. Some day I will move on to these:
Kite boarding with quad line parafoils big enough to take your airborne!
Or maybe not.
So, that's my wierd hobby. What do you have?