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#61 Baloo

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:00 AM

Cool Bri, you be sure to have a good one too.

Best fun I had yesterday was helping a young girl to understand how to fly a dualie when her parents had given up with messing with the kite.

I gave her Una's Beetle to have a go on. After I showed her how to place it ready to fly, and which handles to pull on, I just walked away. When I turned round she was doing OK. I even noticed her Dad having a go.

She went home with a set of lines as an early Birthday present.

I just LOVE kite flying.

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:16 AM

thoroughly enjoyed it yesterday at Bristol with Jonesey and the rest of the crew
even wth a five and a half hour round trip to get there
got there early and enjoyed the space as it closed in more and more as the day went on
thanks to all for your company
look forward to the next meet where ever that may be
Hey there Jonesey,you killed any Bats lately LOL
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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:34 AM

Ha bloody ha Baz ... 10 for another POS just to keep the natives happy ... does that make me a vampire killer ;)

Hey Bri ... got to see a few of your old hand me downs yesterday ... lime green/black custom 1.5's looked great and now in Frankie's (?) very capable hands ...

Hope it goes well today guys have fun and think of me paying the price in the Malls of Bristol ...AAARGGHH!!

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:39 AM

" ... does that make me a vampire killer " ;)



I think that makes you a "VAMPIRE SLAYER" ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or we could just call you BUFFY :devil:

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:33 AM

Just came back from Bristol, washed my car (what IS that dust?) and sat down. Phew!

Nice to see Baz and Chris and Una again! Shame I left to early yesterday to see the amazing vampire slaying skills Jonesey displayed.

I was back there today, STACK had a nice arena with things ticking over smoothly. We had a go from 1-2 as agreed, thanks Keith! My son also attended STACK trick clinic and with not many people interested, he had one-to-one tutoring and an absolutely brilliant time. Afterwards we watched the trick out and he concluded he'll have to practice a bit more before he can join in with that :P

We met a guy called Steve who said he wished more people joined in with STACK quad competitions. This year he said he was the only novice there, competing with the likes of Chris and Carl and that was just silly!

All in all, a lovely festival even if it was bit of a trek getting there.

[EDITED for spelling]

Edited by Yrna, 13 September 2009 - 10:05 AM.


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:32 AM

Pretty much same from me folks. Good to touch base with you all again.

I joined STACK yesterday and spent a while with one of the guys showing me how to crash more neatly.

Tried the trick thing today, was shown how to make the kite not fly, which apparently is the start of a lot of tricks.

And yes Kieth and the rest of the stack folks for letting the Rev heads in at Lunch time. There was a comment that not many of us were expected to turn up. Glad there was enough of us to fill it up. The chap said afterwards he was glad we used it. Sorry but I am RUBBISH with names. He did introduce himself.

Bit crowded outside the arenas, as it always is at Fests. I just think it is great seeing all the kids flying the one liners, when we are having trouble with all our expensiver stuff. One thing we have to expect at a fest is we wont get much pleasant flying in. And at some time a kite is going to fall on your head.

Might even get down to Weston next Sunday with any luck, if the weather is any good that is.

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 01:03 PM

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We met a guy called Steve who said he wished more people joined in with STACK quad competitions. This year he said he was the only novice there, competing with the likes of Chris and Carl and that was just silly!

All in all, a lovely festival even if it was bit of a trek getting there.

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Hi Yrna,

It was a great weekend.

You have just prompted a thought that has been in the back of my mind for a while.

People say that 'competition' can improve skill levels. I am thinking that 'collaboration' may improve skill levels at a faster rate.

And just for those that may expect it... <grins>

Felix

[Edit] Of course I recognise that in a perfect world, competition and collaboration should always be present and precisely balanced to the infinite degree. We will have to inhabit the 'Third Arena' in order to realise everything that may be possible.

Onwards and upwards... apparently! With careful reference to Jacob and Romney, the Stack Constitution and The Third Policeman. Felix [end Edit]

Edited by Felix Mottram, 13 September 2009 - 02:28 PM.


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Posted 13 September 2009 - 11:28 PM

Thanks to all that managed to find the space suitable on Sunday, my efforts being appreciated helps. In the end I gave up on the real arena going up so brought my own stuff along on Sunday and put it up.

Special thanks to Dave and Felix for being available to help out with the rev novices that came along asking for help, it's not some thing I can do (yet).

Still wish we could put the arena up on the golf course though, away from those trees, but that's definately a no-no. Just a shame there is not enough time over the weekend for everyone to get a good go in a safe space, AirHeads crashed and burned on Sunday, probably because we had no chance to practice beforehand or even a decent warmup in the arena.
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 12:10 AM

Glad to hear you all had a good weekend

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 12:24 AM

One of the best pair of Bristol days for sure :)

We were blessed with good weather and decent breezes considering the geographical challenges of the Ashton Court location. Avril Baker and her team did a superb job all weekend and deserve a huge round of :clap; :clap; :clap; for overcoming all the challenges this year. Joe public turned up in his/her thousands and hopefully generated enough financial momentum to carry some over towards the 2010 25th anniversary Bristol festival. The contribution from the Revolution family was warmly applauded at the Saturday night dinner.

Sure the site was busy - but that's the nature of a good kite festival when the sun is shining. If you were adventurous (and walked for awhile ;) ) about your flying spot though there was loads of room to fly safely. Seems a shame to not make the trip to the UK's top kite festival because you don't think you'll get the same amount of space as on your home pitch. The more the merrier, and we know from last year that a big herd of Rev fliers tends to create the space they need ;)

As seems to be the way recently the rev momentum keeps building. Lots of new fliers and new rev buyers appearing and asking for tips. It was a pleasure to chat and fly with them all.

P.S. The Pieminister pies were super tasty and missed their iQuad friends :)

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:08 AM

One of the best pair of Bristol days for sure :)

We were blessed with good weather and decent breezes considering the geographical challenges of the Ashton Court location. Avril Baker and her team did a superb job all weekend and deserve a huge round of :clap; :clap; :clap; for overcoming all the challenges this year. Joe public turned up in his/her thousands and hopefully generated enough financial momentum to carry some over towards the 2010 25th anniversary Bristol festival. The contribution from the Revolution family was warmly applauded at the Saturday night dinner.

Saturday night was fun, and ended up adding sizeable contribution to the '10 pot! Shame neither of us could match the oil money and ad Carl's sail to either of our collections... Although having met him after seeing one of his creations in the auction, I'm aiming to get one of Phill's collapsable planes next!


Sure the site was busy - but that's the nature of a good kite festival when the sun is shining. If you were adventurous (and walked for awhile ;) ) about your flying spot though there was loads of room to fly safely... .As seems to be the way recently the rev momentum keeps building. Lots of new fliers and new rev buyers appearing and asking for tips. It was a pleasure to chat and fly with them all.

As for next year, a couple of suggestions... I think a 4th (small arena) near the car park/dealers dedicated for lessons and flight/kite clinics would be possible with the space available, which might in turn help with making the rest of the grounds available more space efficient and stop some of the bat/sledge flying newbies clashing with sports kites etc.

And then make the 3rd arena slightly bigger and split the time available to sports flyers and for team warmups...
No problems getting it up - It's using it properly that's the problem!

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:32 AM

Thanks to all that managed to find the space suitable on Sunday, my efforts being appreciated helps. In the end I gave up on the real arena going up so brought my own stuff along on Sunday and put it up.

Special thanks to Dave and Felix for being available to help out with the rev novices that came along asking for help, it's not some thing I can do (yet).

Still wish we could put the arena up on the golf course though, away from those trees, but that's definately a no-no. Just a shame there is not enough time over the weekend for everyone to get a good go in a safe space, AirHeads crashed and burned on Sunday, probably because we had no chance to practice beforehand or even a decent warmup in the arena.


Thanks very much for your efforts Keith.

Warm-up can be very important indeed!

Our practice has always been about development rather than 'perfection' so there was one new move from Portsmouth and one new move from Bristol, both of which got an 'airing' in the arena last weekend. (The Burst Double Felix / Burst Compound Benefit and Rotated Side Slide Threads in case anyone noticed)

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:17 AM

Glad to hear you all had a good weekend

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We missed you Jade - hope all's well.

Nice vid. It captures my favourite time of a weekend festival - Saturday evening after the schedule has finished and the sun is setting. Smoooooth B)




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