Adios to the Mamba

Mamba-JohnChileseEnd of the day May 23rd brought an end to new orders for the Mamba. This closes the chapter on my longest-running sport kite. It also closes the chapter, for me, on dual line delta sport kites. Those that know me, know that I almost never say never, but I can say with certainty that there will not be another dual line kite from me, at least not in the form that’s been such a large part of my work and personal life for the last 25 years. It’s time for me to hitch up my big-boy pants and move forward.

To those that contacted me and added a custom Mamba to the final build list, thank you! If we haven’t fleshed out the details already, I’ll be in touch over the next few days.

With the exception of one kite that I’ve squeezed in, work on the final Mamba builds will begin on Tuesday, June 7th.  I have a festival coming up in SE Michigan the weekend of June 4th and 5th and I need to build something to fly.  It’s a very nice event, hosted in part, by a couple of dear friends. (event details)

I’m taking the next week and a half to try and accomplish a couple things. First is to (hopefully) finish up a new kite that’s been on the drawing board for some time (details later). Second thing is to start working hard on building up a “festival bag” of personal kites. Truth is, I currently own zero finished kmac kites! Yes, I have a whole bunch in “kit form,” as well as a brand new MacStar that just needs a frame and bridle, but nothing to throw in the truck and go. I never quite developed the discipline of keeping kites for myself. It was always easier to tell myself that I can make another when an opportunity came to turn my bag contents into cash.

I have some stuff coming up that I’m excited about, both in new designs and tweaks, and behind-the-scenes changes. So, stay tuned.  As Robert Earl Keen says – “The road goes on forever, and the party never ends.”

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