At this time, there are no raffles or other fund-raising items for
ODSKC 2010. There will be, though, so check back! In the
meantime, you can take a gander at last year's raffle items.
RAFFLE ITEM #3
Vendetta UL by Viper Sport Kites
Raffle Ended: 6/19/09
Maximum Tickets: 50
WINNER!: Jim Peck
What can I say? The Vendetta UL is my favorite kite.
It's always the first out of my bag and the one that just about always
takes up 100% of my flying time. And I'm not alone! There
are a lot of masters class Eastern League fliers that regularly fly
the Vendetta for competition. Masters champion Ron Graziano once
stated that if Shawn had created the Vendetta a few years earlier, he
would probably have never built the Machine, as he would have already
found a kite that did everything he wanted it to do.
of the Vendettas are great, but the UL is the real gem of the bunch.
Most UL kites I've flown have been ok with precision, but pretty
limited in tricks. The Vendetta UL tracks very well in any wind,
and will trick in low wind with pretty much the same inputs as you'd
use for the Standard - no need to change your flying style for
different wind conditions! For a numbskull like me, that's a
Shawn is offering a custom Vendetta UL for the winner
of this auction. The standard color scheme for a Vendetta is a
black sail, with white stripes and colored V and accents. Here's
a colorizer for you to play with:
what you can come up with! For more information on the Vendetta
website is a great resource.
The Skate by
Focus Kite Designs
Raffle Ended: 6/10/09
Maximum Tickets: 20
WINNER!: Robbie Boerth
The Skate is a truly impressive
indoor/outdoor single-line kite/glider from Paul de Bakker and Hunter
Brown of Focus Kite Designs in Wilmington, NC. How does one
describe the Skate? Like the kite itself, it's simple, yet
complicated. It'll fly as a kite in pretty much any wind
(although it favors lighter winds). Take the kite indoors and it
becomes a kite/glider that flows through the air with a slow grace
reminiscent of its namesake.
If you've seen Paul and Hunter fly, you
know that those guys have great style, and the skate reflects this.
For more information and a great indoor video, check out
http://www.focuskites.com/2008/skate.asp. As for
credentials, Skate designer Paul de Bakker is the current AKAGN Open
Indoor Unlimited champion. He also won the Indoor competition at
WIKF a few weeks ago. I have no experience with indoor flying,
but I did get a little flying time on the Skate at the Wildwoods
It's easy to get started, and with just a
little flying advice, I was able to get the Skate gliding all over the
place, it was a blast! But here's the thing I REALLY noticed:
It seemed like all of the indoor competitors (who are obviously much
more knowledgeable about indoor kites) either owned a Skate or were
flying one of Paul and Hunters'.
Even better, the raffle kite is in
ODSKC colors! Take a look at the drawing to the right for the
The Saber by
Raffle Ended: 6/8/09
Maximum Tickets: 50
WINNER!: Bernard Fourriere
If you've been to any Eastern League competitions over the past few
years, you've probably seen the meteoric rise of Will Sturdy, a
Masters class dual-line flier from Williamsburg, VA. What you
may not know is that Will is also a master kitebuilder! Will has
developed and competed with several designs over the past few years.
It seems like every time I see Will, he's testing out a new prototype.
These years of development have led to the Saber, which won the AKAGN
2008 sport kite kitebuilding competition, which I think is a very good
indication of the meticulous worksmanship that Will puts into his
kites. Will also flew the Saber to victory in the AKAGN
Experienced Individual Dual-line Ballet competition. You can
find more pictures of the Saber by clicking the picture above right or
If you really want to see the Saber put through it's tricking
paces, check out this video from Virtual Freestyle 12:
As you can see from the video, the Saber is capable of every trick
in the book! It's also got great precision - very clean corners,
tracks a straight line very well. The kite works well in
individual, pairs, or team situations - I got to see the green, blue,
and red Sabers flying team at ECSKC, they looked great in the air
together! Very clean graphics, and the colored accents really
pop when the kite is in the air! The winner of this raffle will
be allowed to customize their Saber, which means you'll be able to
choose the accent color for the kite.