I think they should schedule the comps, then when the comp is about to begin....unveil the kite that the competitors will be using, making it the same kite for everyone!!!
The pilots would have no idea as to which kite they will be competing with so it comes down to overall pilots skill, not specially designed kites specifically for the pilots individual styles.
... LOL... The masters pilots would need to swap L-R handles. <grin>
If teams would be sponsored, and it cost nothing for the novice team to compete, I would be all for it...where do I sign.
Novice team would still need to be tought the basics of team flying skills though.
For the record, by definition, if you can fly team (at least dual line), you're not a novice.
True story, hence no novice team events.
Basically what I would say to all of those who have never competed is to at least try it once.
At least in Europe, I found that the quad line competitors were always very friendly with each other to the extent of even loaning each other their competition kite for the competition. They are always hanging out together and having a good time. Unfortunately I rarely notice this with the dual line competitors except in some cases the teams.
I personally competed for about 8 years and judged for about 12 years.
Agreed John, in my 17 years
of sport kite competition, I've flown with as many as 60 people in one competition category and as little as 2 or 3... I've seen "pro judges", who were paid to come in and head judge an event for a weekend, and now, where the novices judge masters and masters judge novices... Full sponsorships (air/hotel/travel/fees) and no assistance at all... I've seen cash prizes with big trophies, and plain paper certificates... Highs and lows, "grassroots" and "professional" both.
Don't underestimate the fun and depth of activity in competition... In most cases, it is what you make of it... Even on the dual line side of things, people were typically VERY friendly and helpful, not aggressively competitive, they let the final numbers sort it out... A lot of the attitude associated with competition comes from the type of people who get tunnel vision on winning... They are the minority in kiting, generally limited to a few hot dogs here and there, but it's not enough to ruin comps altogether.
I enjoyed my time competing and am now in my 3rd (yes - 3rd) retirement...
I'll be back competing again in a couple of years, got some stuff in the works for dual line too.
I'll be competing for the first time in Wildwood ... yikes....
My concern is not about whether there would be a Novice class and Experienced Class. If I'm not mistaken, Experienced and Masters will be competing together (it's not separate as at Nationals). Do all the Experienced competators fly first or second or is it all mixed? The reason this is a concern is that if you are watching a Masters flyer fly and you are up next as an Experienced flyer, you might get psyched out. I know that's not the question at hand, but if you add a Novice class to the mix, how intimidating if we are all flying together. I know the judges know who's who and score accordingly, but it's a concern.
They'll fly all the entries for Experienced Multiline Ballet consecutively, then move on to another category altogether when they're done, and so on... They've been ironing out their format for 20 years, it works well enough when they've got the people.
As far as the competiton itself, I just like the idea of challanging myself to do specifics skills and maneuvers, which in turn, will make me a more proficient pilot (hopefully).
Great attitude... Competition will deliver as much enjoyment and growth as you want to take from it.
Regarding how LONG competition takes... I've been in support of MIX format for a while now.
Traditionally, comps work like this...
Ballet - 3 to 4 minutes
Precision - 3 compulsory shapes and a 1-3 minute freestyle w/no music
Mix format takes just the 3 compulsory shapes (45% of total score) and your ballet (55%), run each skill class that way (experienced individual, then masters individual, etc)... This would in theory, cut competition time down by 40% or more, reducing the committed time for both competitors and staff.
Been shot down by the AKA sport kite committee in majority, each time it's come up.