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Posted by West Australian on 30 April 2013 - 05:41 PM
A while back Rob and I mucked about with some stacked Revs.
Here is a video we managed to get,
I hope you enjoyed it.
Posted by tommylurvebus on 16 April 2013 - 12:28 PM
Didn't really know if I should post this video as it is certainly "lets say" a little rough around the edges. Filmed on my phone its not slick and not a skills showcase. This video is just about having fun and showing movement of kite and fly-er. There has been so much excellent flying and filming in this section that I have enjoyed over the past few years I felt the need to make a contribution of some kind. I hope you will enjoy the spirit of this video. Coz thats what its all about.
Posted by stickerman on 07 April 2013 - 05:14 AM
i'm too excited!!!:
Exclusive graphic design by StiCkerMan (see below)
thanks Pedro. good job!
Posted by kwmf on 11 March 2013 - 10:47 PM
Here follows the 3 most important things you need to know...
- BREATHE !!!!! (trust me, you will forget)
- Watch your own kite (trust me, you will mess it up when you watch the other guys kite)
- Have fun (this is the point is it not...)
Don't worry so much, and don't be so driven to formalise it that it takes away from the experience. Just get used to standing next to each other and flying in the same air space as each other comfortably.
Basic stuff to mess with is either following each other around, doing the same pattern flanked (side by side) or hovering/moving around each other.
I'd say that key things to get down are speed control (this comes in everywhere - if you don't have it you will get it soon), figure 8's (this is curved flight practice and diagonal practice) and squares (this is hard corners and straight lines).
Have fun and mess with it ... if it's not fun then you'll stop doing it
Posted by kwmf on 27 February 2013 - 11:43 PM
Here's 2c from the n00b peanut gallery....
When I'm practicing (even when just having fun and not taking it too seriously) I will, for example, fly squares in 2 or 3 different 'modes' so to speak. One is the would be line - stop - turn - stop - line - repeat .... one would be line - snap turn - hold - go - repeat .... the other would be a square with no stops - just maintain the pace thoughout the whole square while still keeping it sharp. I have a few more, but you get the picture...
In terms of my own style, I've basically taken elements from practically everyone and done my own thing with it. My preference is for things that are visually striking and appealing - for me it must look good to a casual observer who knows nothing. That's not to say I don't fly something technically challenging, because I certainly do (for numerous reasons) .... just that I like flying something visually striking.
What that ends up meaning is that a casual observer (and I've tested this with casual observers) get far more enjoyment out of something as simple as a dive stop or monkey bars than (say) a reverse octagon. The technical challenges and the shape is lost on them ... this is the age of instant gratification, extereme everything and as much style as possible .... and since that is who the audience is when not flying for yourself, that is also my preference.
The result of that is that things like Polo with all his wicked tip pivots (like a body popping dancer) looks very appealing. I've seen people that are more precise than Polo (and I openly admit I love his stuff and he's been a major influence on my flying), but his style has a lot of visual flair.
In my own experiments using 50' lines where I can see the peoples responses I get a big reaction out of things like monkey bars, snap 45 landings and anythign dramatic ... way more than anything else.
A classic example is a travelling bicycle vs doing a tip stand - cartwheel - tip stand - repeat right across the window. They are essentially the same thing, one just has a landing and pause in it ... yet I find the travelling bicycle more technically challenging to maintain and keep smooth. People don't even react to the travelling bicycle, but I usually get smiles and clear recognition in the tip sand version.
Like I said, I fly both styles and there are good reasons for both ... I just like visual flair over technical difficulty when expressing the art for an onlooker (including myself).
Just some thoughts from a sleep deprived guy down here in the bushes ... your mileage may vary
Posted by West Australian on 27 February 2013 - 11:31 PM
Posted by SparkieRob on 26 February 2013 - 11:34 PM
Can't wait to try my B2 on these shorties!
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Posted by kwmf on 17 February 2013 - 11:14 PM
Not thought about doing a Blog.
If you think there will be interest I can try it.
Beginners offer the best insights because they're not afraid to ask questions and to learn.
As you gain knowledge and add experience so you will begin to reach a point of understanding. That is an extremely powerful position as you begin to be a bridge between still understanding the mind of the beginner while understanding the more advanced.
Unless you are actively teaching beginners you will eventually start to forget how their mind works and bridging that gap when explaining things becomes more difficult.
Doing a blog would be one method of preserving that bridge in thinking for others to refer to in their own journey.
Well, that's just my opinion anyway
Posted by kwmf on 08 January 2013 - 07:20 AM
It's not much, but it's my first attempt at editing a video together ...
Posted by beach on 16 May 2013 - 11:09 AM
Is it just me, or is this not what Wayne was asking? I don't think he was asking for a diagram or for any kind of dimensions. Merely a photo of each of the three kites labeled to have a visual representation of the difference. Hell, there was already a photo posted earlier of a 75%. Refusal of this request is like refusing to show pictures of a mid-vent and a full-vent for fear of copyright infringement. Might as well just not make the damn things if you can't take pictures of them. I'm sure there are plenty of photos out there of the Shook mesh kites; would it really be so bad to grab three and label them as 40%, 75%, and 100%? Sorry, this just seems really ridiculous.
Calm down Watty it's okay, breath....... Ben
Posted by Watty on 08 May 2013 - 07:27 AM
Looks like you've got a nice group of first timers! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Posted by West Australian on 02 May 2013 - 12:51 AM
The Pilot can answer all your questions, I was just the camera man.
Posted by beach on 25 April 2013 - 09:38 AM
Posted by Stephen Hoath on 25 April 2013 - 04:18 AM
WOW, what an event!
Just want to say a massive thank you to all of the fliers in the Rev Mega team at Berck. To quote a good friend of mine.. "You guys Rock!"
For anyone who wasn't there, 11:30 every day on the beach was Mega Team Practice. Rain or shine, tempest or zephyr we all assembled on the beach to run through the days routine. Different people brought different ideas to the table and we gradually increased the repertoire as the week went on (we still have a few good ideas left over for next year). However, i do have to credit FLIC for the smilies. This is something they have done for a few years but the idea was too good not to steal! I have no idea who suggested the car but that was absolute genius!
As the caller of the mega team i received a lot of very positive feedback about the mega team. The organisers, the public and even some of the hardened single line fliers were blown away by what we achieved. So, in case i did not get a chance to say thank you on the beach, THANK YOU.
So John, if this is what can be achieved by fliers from France, England, Holland, Singapore, just imagine what you are going to do in WSIKF where you all speak the same language!
Posted by Stephen Hoath on 11 April 2013 - 01:29 AM
Well,all the kites are packed, new lines made, music CD burned all i have to do now is find the waterproof clothing! Lets hope the weather improves for the weekend.
See you all on the beach.
Posted by Khal on 10 April 2013 - 12:04 PM
Does anyone have any advice on Pair flying for a Rev Rookie?
My advice is fly with someone much, much better at it than you are.
My first pairs experience came at Kittyhawk last fall after the OBSKC. Dennis Smith was kind enough to show me the ropes, and thanks to his calling and flying I managed to not crash either of our kites. I almost looked like I knew what I was doing, but I knew it was all Dennis.
It was about the most fun I've had flying since I first picked up a Rev. I highly recommend it.
Last Sunday at a club fly, a buddy and I were flying two of my Revs with dual tails on them. We hadn't planned on pairs. These kites had different venting, different line lengths, even different SIZES. He hadn't flown quad in years. We just kind of gravitated into the same space in the sky and started playing. It was a blast. And even our impromptu antics looked cool enough with all those tails that people were putting down blankets to watch.
Posted by REVflyer on 28 March 2013 - 02:31 AM
you "hook a team" by going to the same place, on a schedule,.... then just keep repeating yourselves. Eventually folks will see you, try it, some get interested and some go so far over the top that it is considered a serious addiction. (Those are the folks you're seeking!) Someday soon, a whole club of various kite fliers will be with you and you 2 guys are the grand pookas!
As founding fathers of a new kite club it is your true purpose to spread the joys of all styles of kiting! Your particular focus is to assemble a team of quad-heads and actually look like you have done this stuff before (together!) Many pilots will come and go before you are finally satisfied, remember though,... we were all the new guys once and, the journey is more pleasurable than the destination. There are lots of ways to get there! Which route is going to become your style?