Chuck Lund ( aka King Charles ) and the rest of the ARP crew
wrecked havoc on Cannon Beach, proving that, like fine wine, the NFKA flyers
get better with age. And let me tell you, Chuck was unstoppable,
almost. He only gave up one match, the entire day.
Way to go, Chuck. Second place went to Bruce Lambert, third
place to Dennis Crowley, and as long as I'm the one writing this article,
lets talk about fourth place. May not be a podium place, but
it's the best I've done so far, so I'll include it, Ron Lowry, fourth
place. Congrats to all of you.
And what a day of flying it was. High clouds, bright filtered light, soft breezes ( 2 - 3 MPH ), dwindling to nonexistent breezes, low tide, and the camaraderie of fighter flyers. My oh my. Let me rephrase this; the winds went from light to nothing, most other kites were grounded, the fighters were having toooooo much fun, and at times we were the only game on the beach. Waaaay cooool.
Honorable mention has to go to Jeff ( the fat kid ) MacInnis,
for having the most cloned kite on the beach. Brian and I both
cloned his "Goldie", and what a lovely kite that is. I flew it
in zero wind, and I flew it the next day in 12 - 15 MPH winds and it flies
great. What a wonderful design, Jeff.
I hate to keep tooting my own horn, but a special award has
to go to Bruce and I for most entertaining fight. The wind
was dieing, Bruce and I were flying over's, Bruce got me in a veeery
compromising position ( he was over me, behind me, on my side of the arena,
with a mile of line out, in full control, and tasting blood ) I was reeling
in my line trying to fly out and over him, and the wind died.
I pulled my line, and the kite flew toward me. I got so I was
flying inches from my bridle, had to launch in almost zero wind, with
Bruce over me and go back on the offensive. And I did it,
thrice. The spectators were laughing so hard, they blew my kite
back into play. Next time you're flying overs, pull that bad boy
in, grab it six inches from the bridle, and hey!!!!!!! your opponent can't
touch your line. Make sure you have plenty of people behind you,
laughing and guffawing to blow the kite back into play.
But, I came to praise Chuck. Expect him to do
serious damage at LB. And if you get the chance to fly him,
sneak over and check out his kites. Ya know, I read what Dennis
wrote on the Topica Site about Chuck's workmanship, but you really have to
see it for your self. Taut, smooth sails. Whew, a
beauty to look at. Nice work, Chuck. Nice flying,
and nice kites.
Bruce, wadaddya say about Bruce. He's so relaxed,
so smooth, he's got a grin plastered on his face, kinda lulls you into
being a little too relaxed......and zap, like a venus fly trap, your
caught. Damn Bruce, how do you do that? Bruce was
flying a kite top half orcon, and bottom half Mylar. Or was
it the other way around???? Seemed to change on every other
Which brings us to Mr. Crowley.
Now you're probably saying to your self.... ron, he came in
third. I mean third's good, but the way you gushed over the
other two, what do you say about third place? Well, sonny, let
me tell you, he did it with a Buka. I remember, at Bruce's,
D telling us that a Buka would take LB some day, and that crazy buzzard
is gonna do it some day. Now before you all switch to Buka's,
bear in mind that the kite is good, but in the masters hand, it's a
terror. Way to go D.
A tip o the hat to Gary Goodenough, for officiating the match. Good job, Gary. The rest of the Cannon fodder for the ARP trio, were Brian, Jeff, Steve, and Art. Ya know, with the matches I've seen so far this year, I can hardly wait for LB. Come on, come on.
Hope to see ya'll in Steilacoom on the 20th. As soon as I get directions, I will send 'em out. Watch your Email.
Your Humble Scribe
Chuck Lund vs. Art Smith - Gary Goodenough presiding
Bruce Lambert and Jeff MacInnis flying way upwind
A couple of kites running a low level under touch point
Mr. Mailing List mugging for the camera
Ron Lowry and Steve Childers dukeing it out
Gary supervises the arena setup. The guy in black on the left I dunno. Then Art Smith, Bruce Lambert, Gary Childers, Chuck Lund hiding behind Gary Goodenough, Ron Lowry and Dennis Crowley.
Jeff displays free range dog damage next to his classic Rambler