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#1 deebs1596

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:21 PM

hey all,
couldnt find a thread on what kite flying is to the individual persons so i thought i'd start one.

To me kite flying is more than a hobby; its a release for all the frustration and anger in my life. When i go flying, all the problems in life go away... for that moment in time, nothing else matters- not the mortgage, not my stutter, not the phone bill, not my crew and all of their drama...for that moment in time everything goes away and for that time...im free.

Kite flying is fun and relaxing for me, its more than just a time to relax...its something i enjoy doing that also keeps me sane and a docile being lol.

peaceful bliss has been found; in a loving friend, and a much beloved activity.

So i ask this of you...What is kite flying to you?
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 07:26 PM

It's like ....



taking a deep breath full of the finest cleanest and purest air ever..... its about putting your heart and soul on the end of the lines.. and just letting it all loose.....



gosh.. I'm blushing... :blushing:

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:42 PM

To me kite flying is more than a hobby; its a release for all the frustration and anger in my life. When i go flying, all the problems in life go away... for that moment in time, nothing else matters- not the mortgage, not my stutter, not the phone bill, not my crew and all of their drama...for that moment in time everything goes away and for that time...im free.

peaceful bliss has been found; in a loving friend, and a much beloved activity.


You pretty much covered it, except for the mortgage, stutter and crew drama, as Lynn and I have none of those things. We do have a phone bill, in fact, three of them, and, we are responsible for the care of Lynn's 99 year old father, which is very trying at times.

We try to get what we call our "kite fix" nearly every day for an hour or two.

If you really want to find out what it means to us, just get in front of us when we are headed to a nice, open, wind-blown beach or grassy field. You will most surely get run down. :angry: :lol:

Unless, of course, you come along and fly with us. Right mousie? ;)

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:11 PM

Deebs,

You seem to be speaking for me quite well. Even when the flying gets frustrating I am still more relaxed then I am doing most other things so for me it is a stress buster. I find I am calmer and generally "feel better" mentally and emotionally after some flying. It went the other way, though, when I let the learning curve and the frustration work in reverse and I would leave the field feeling more stressed than relaxed which was not what I was in it for. Thankfully I got my head screwed back on straight in time to see, again, why I wanted to fly in the first place.

This will be a good topic.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:15 PM

Kiting with Rev's being first at the moment is just like you said, a way to let everything go. I, today in by the wind meter(yes I use one under 4 miles an hour) was flying in .4 to 1.9 for about 4 hours today. I bounced between 40 and 15 foot 50# line. Wind from every direction but what I thought it was coming from. Mind you with a B std. with the 2 wraps in. I had a blast today. Axles everytime the Rev wanted to stall into another direction and even mixed in some LE down flic flac's. Since I was walking to fly anyway I worked on JB's advice to fly reversed in different angles other than vertical and horizontal. It's a bitch but doable walking. I had a blast in the wind today and really didn't have the wind to fly. Music is a blessing if you get into being one with the tunes. Wind really doesn't matter but for how much you physically have to work. Music if I get into it means I don't notice the moving until the next day in which works out all the kinks for the next day and so on.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:57 PM

For me it is pretty much all of the above. To quote a popular drink "it gives me wings"

With the added bonus of friends, and of course family.

I fly mainly alone. I know that there are many flying with me in spirit.

And on those rare times I ge to fly with others I dont NEED to speak to them (although I do of course), I know thay are all my brothers and sisters, and as such kindred spirits.

I dont fly enough. However I am on holliday for a week soon. Going to the beach. My wife knows she will not need to ask me "what do you want to do today" I have got some catching up to do.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:06 PM

For me it is a social activity and it satisfied my desire to learn something new. Now it is also a tecnical challenge.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 12:38 AM

I recently posted a topic called 'Rev Magic' in open topics - which puts across how important Rev flying has been for me over a difficult year but i have to say on top of all of that, being on this forum is a pretty special part of the Rev Experience.

I subscribe to a number of forums and have never come across such an open, inclusive vibe on a forum. Super supportive to newbies, a feeling of camaraderie and family even across continents and generally a more mature quality of response than some other forums i've visited. I've been addicted to reading through old post because there is SO much info advice on here.

So yeah, flying my rev is therapeutic, but when i can't fly this forum's quite a nice place to hang out too.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 01:52 AM

Wind really doesn't matter but for how much you physically have to work. Music if I get into it means I don't notice the moving until the next day in which works out all the kinks for the next day and so on.


I'm glad it's not just me - I hooked up a media player a week ago (flying alone). Good thing no-one was on the flying field with a camcorder at the time! Following morning I found new muscles where I didn't know I had any. :kid_smartass:

Making kites sure hits the creative spot - especially seeing it all works when they take air for the first time. But I've found the Rev seems to promote socialising - it's one kite that just *loves* to fly with friends!
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 02:26 AM

its my drug of choise :)
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 03:55 AM

My wife always tells me that aside from the day my son was born (almost 15 yrs ago) she never sees me as happy or satisfied as when I'm out flying kites.

She does yoga and meditates, I fly kites.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 04:36 AM

I'm pretty much of the camp that Rev Flying is a stress reliever from all of life's woes. An added benne is that one gets out in the sunshine and connects with nature as well. While I love music to my core, sometimes it isn't necessary to accompany the flying...It's cool to just take in the sounds of the wind in the kite, the hawks in the sky, horses on the hill or the sound of the ocean. It's very much a zen thing for me.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 04:38 AM

I will stick with the theme. I stop thinking about work, money, everything...

Unless of course I am flying with Antman, then I go into kite preservation mode! :kid_devlish:

Seriously, it helps me relax and I get to meet a lot of nice people!


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Posted 20 October 2008 - 05:14 AM

I'll let you know when I'm through the other side of the winter season which is just about to start in UK
Darker evenings start next sunday and the colder weather to be fiddling about with knot settings to look forward to
oh joy :blue-cool:

kite flying is many things and different everytime :)

Spice of life and all that jazz ;)
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 05:42 AM

You pretty much covered it, except for the mortgage, stutter and crew drama, as Lynn and I have none of those things. We do have a phone bill, in fact, three of them, and, we are responsible for the care of Lynn's 99 year old father, which is very trying at times.

We try to get what we call our "kite fix" nearly every day for an hour or two.

If you really want to find out what it means to us, just get in front of us when we are headed to a nice, open, wind-blown beach or grassy field. You will most surely get run down. :angry: :lol:

Unless, of course, you come along and fly with us. Right mousie? ;)




Omg I love that picture ! That was so fun. Jim came up to me that day at wskif.. and said let me have it.. ok sure and the next thing I knew, he was flying one side while I was flying the other. Talk about tuning in, within 2 minutes we were flying one kite inverted... what fun. Hugs to you both,
thanks for sharing that, it brought back a great memory.
miss you guys.
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 06:33 AM

....he was flying one side while I was flying the other.

That's been on my 'wishlist' of flying styles to try for a while now ;)

*cute*
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:06 AM

It's fun! I've done this with Paul Dugard a couple of times and we were laughing pretty hard each time. You should have seen the looks that we got when Paul was explaining to someone how to fly a rev and I walked up and took one of his handles. The whole time we were flying he was telling them what we were doing and why the kite was doing what it was doing...

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:55 AM

The Kite

Flying alone in the sky,
swooping and swaying,
reaching to heaven.
Held by a string,
yet flying free.

I lift my eyes to the sky,
my arms held high.
With the kite I identify.
Held by the wind,
yet flying free.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:01 AM

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can fly away
And find tranquility
The kite can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It's not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again

Kiteing
Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It gets the best of me
When I'm kiteing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can fly away
And find serenity
The kite can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me


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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:05 AM

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