I don't watch a lot of kite videos. To be honest, I usually watch 15-20 seconds of most of the videos I click on. It's a rare video that shows something I haven't seen before. The worst are the videos posted with the intent to sell something. So many of them, mine included, are mostly 'same thing, different click'. A hot-shot flyer doing the same set of tricks and transitions that we've seen a thousand times. They are more about the flyer and the video production than they are about the kite.
Let's take the videos I've posted featuring the Tsūru. Very nice flying and they do a pretty fair job of showing some of the advanced capabilities of the kite, by this flyer, on this day. Below is a slightly edited response I posted a couple of days ago, replying to a comment on one of the Tsūru videos.
In another conversation with a friend a couple of days ago, I talked about what I'd spent most of my Friday morning on -Please keep in mind a few things - Devin's getting some very cool stuff out of the kites, but your mileage may vary. I know mine would! I still don't consider the Tsūru to be a trick kite, but a 'performance kite'. It was conceived and crafted with the mid-level to advanced flyer in mind, along with pairs and teams. My main goal was to gear the kite towards the kind of flying we do for a crowd at a festival, because I believe that flying for and with other people is the way to grow kiting.
From graphics to performance, if it couldn't be appreciated by the grandfather and his 12 year old granddaughter in the audience, it wasn't a prime consideration when developing the kite. The fact that an exceptional flyer like Devin can pull more from it than I ever envisioned is a delight for this old stitcher.
That 'put the lines in their hands and step back' approach is still my favorite, but it's getting harder to do all the time, especially this year. I hope you'll consider taking a moment and help me find a better way forward.I've been writing copy for new kites for the last couple of hours. My least favorite part of the process. Like pulling teeth! I can build them, but I hate to talk about them. I was always the 'put the lines in their hands and step back' guy.
I need to wrap this up for now, but I hope we can keep this conversation moving. Oh, for what it's worth, no comment or question for me is off limits. If you ask me something I don't want to, or can't, talk about, I'll tell you.