I think part of the problem here is that a Revolution kite is a piece of top end kit but unlike a top end duel-line kite, there is no feeder market so a Rev also has to be an entry level kite. People have to learn on top end kit and they will need help.
I am still a relative newcomer to this game, (about 4 years now) and I consider myself extremely lucky, I share a home field with some of the UK's top flyers and have had loads of help, I could never have made the progress I have without them. There are many people out there with nothing like the support I have had. They see a Rev demo at a festival, think that looks fun, buy one get it home and find that though they may have John Berresi’s kite they have neither his skill or his years of experience.
It's at about this time every year that the new posts start appearing, (Watty has put links to two of them in his post above) “I’ve just bought a new Rev and I watched the dvd but I can’t figure out how to …………” and we reply, “Find some experienced fliers close by, there’s nothing like a bit of face to face help”.
Another thing to think about, how many times have we seen Revs on Ebay with the sticks on the front? Every one of those is a potential Rev flier who has given up before they have even figured out how to put the kite together properly.
We’ve all seen the success of Spence’s “Windless with Watty” & “Windy with Watty” and Spence has said that he thinks he has gone about as far as he can for the time being with the Windless series so I suggested that his next project might be maybe “Starting out with Watty” a sort of virtual Face to Face buddy for those newbies out there struggling alone.
Does anybody remember this thread
there was some (dare I say it heated) discussion as weather “leading edge up” or “leading edge down” was the correct way to set up. Now I don’t really want to open up that can of worms again, but can we please spare a thought for the newbie who sets up l/e down and is then faced wit the prospect of launching an inverted kite
I know these polls are designed to be secret but I figure I have well and truly laid my cards on the table here. So I may as well say how I voted and why.How well do you think the Revolution videos get people started?
I voted “okay”. The dvd that came with my 1.5sle was enough to get me in the air but little more.How should a basic training video be presented?
I voted “Free on You Tube”. If it’s freely available it will not only act as a teaching aid it will also act as a sales device, traders can put You tube links onto their sites and I would have loved to have been able to watch the instruction videos while I was waiting for my first Rev to arrive. Weather or not they go out on dvd as well is a comercial decision and that is down to Rev. I guess if it is free on the internet then it's really a question of how many potential Rev buyers don't have access to the internet. Is there a need for newer more accessible beginner tutorials?
Without a doubt, especially for those without local support.