Thu - 56 kites, a new world record (beat the 54 set in Bristol '08).
Lots of grid practice, fliers primarily refined the grid process, and put up with a bossy coordinator (cough-me-cough).
Fri - 64 kites, another 8 kites to push the record even higher.
^ Photo of 64 kite grid, photo by David "geezer" Shattuck.
Would you believe it only took 5 minutes to put this in the sky once the first kites launched?
A little less than that to disassemble the grid, and in very organized fashion as well!
Sat - 60 kites, not a record, but amazing considering the 4 mph conditions.
Some fliers had already gone home, others were involved in competition up on the north side... Winds were very light, but everyone was VERY patient and we actually managed to fairly well hold 60 kites in the sky for quite a while, despite being short of a new record, everyone gave their all.
I'd like to give special thanks to everyone who made this possible, and to everyone who participated at various times during the week.
Support in various ways:
- Takako Barresi - Patience, patience, oh so much patience while I ran around all week.
- Jane Holeman / WSIKF - Field space, promotion, etc.
- RevGuild kite club - Sound system, pizza on Friday.
- Howard (aka HedgeWarden) - Generator for the sound system.
- Mike Tracy - Back up generator.
- Bob Wendt - Main field announcer, did a great job of promoting us from the other end of the beach.
- Scott Weider, David Ellison and Bazzer Poulter - Supporting announcers on the Rev field.
- Joe, Ben and Lolly from Revolution - Lessons for the general public.
- Theresa / The Kite Shoppe - Kite sales, morale.
- John Q - Jack of all trades, anything I needed in a pinch, no questions asked.
- John Barresi - iQuad
- Steve de Rooy - iQuad
- Takako Barresi - iQuad
- JD Fabich - iQuad
- Bazzer Poulter - iQuad
- David Hathaway - iQuad
- Joji Davis - iQuad
- John Q - Bay Area Sundowners
- Rich Comras - Rev Riders
- Laura Berg - Rev Riders
- Scott Weider - Rev Riders
- Ben D'Antonio - Revolution Kites
- Joe Hadzicki - Revolution Kites
- Stephen Hoath - The Flying Squad
- Susan Hoath - The Flying Squad
- Mark Lummas - Too Much Fun
- Jeanette Lummas - Too Much Fun
- Colleen Baker
- Bart Busse
- Paul Loranger
- Candace Lyslo
- Willow Demers - Island Quad / iQuad
- Mario DiLucca - Island Quad
- Terry Wiggill - Island Quad
- Brad Bixby - Island Quad
- Spence Watson
- Mike Tracy
- Lori Tracy
- Dave Bradley
- John Mason
- Gary Maynard - Detroit Windjammers
- James Lee Wright III - Detroit Windjammers
- Michael Carlisle - Detroit Windjammers
- Felix Mottram - Decorators
- Ashley Mottram - Decorators
- Martin Linford - Decorators
- David Ellison - Decorators
- Ray Lee
- Gordie Wensley
- Howard Mathews
- Bob Koga - AirBenders
- Walt Ellis
- Cass Pitman
- Carol Pittman
- Jim Foster - Kite Kids
- Lynn Foster - Kite Kids
- Cathy Tung - AirBenders
- Steve Brown - AirBenders
- Gerald Lokhorst - AirBenders
- Dianne O'Brien
- Manny Abt
- Jennifer Brown
- Penny Lingenfelter
- Mark Giadone
- Tom King
- Bill Seward
- Page Anderson
- Alden Miller
- Kristian Slater
- Rick White
- Melanie Koenig
- Scott Koenig
- Kevin Vogel
- Cal Yuen
- Lam Hoac
- Arnold Authement
- Aurora Authement
- Jerry Rawls
- Chris Michaud
- Chuck Wiley
- Paul de Bakker
- Darrin Skinner - AirZone
- Katrina B
Everyone who was present for the mega fly attempt on Saturday, photos by David "geezer" Shattuck.
It's important to note that many of these folks shared time between the Rev mega flies and other events WAY up on the north field, making the long trek back and forth many times to make it possible... Thanks for doing so, every one of you helped make this event what it was.
Last year was extremely challenging at WSIKF... Logistical problems with time and space limitations, lots of new fliers who didn't have an opportunity to learn as the week went on, no grid practice times and a combined lack of knowledge/discipline/patience... At the time, I described the attempt(s) as "herding cats", not far off... I spent a good hour by myself after each attempt, just to decompress.
This year... Man oh man, everyone brought their "A game"... From the outset, every single participant threw themselves into it, displaying amazing grace, patience and desire to overcome as a group... Right down to the kiteless grid walking exercises and waiting patiently on the ground as other pilots got into position for each attempt... The ongoing personal support and warmth I received from everyone... ... ... ... Words cannot express, I'm getting a bit choked up as I write this to be honest with you.
Obviously the mega flies were memorable for all of us, very deeply for some...
A handful of other highlights from my experiences this past week:
Watching Connor Doran on AGT with his single and stacked Indoor Revs... I'm 100% positive our neighbors at the WorldMark must have thought there was a bloody earthquake when Connor started and finished... He did us so incredibly proud, no only as a friend to many of us, but also as a representative of kiting... He's a pure soul, we couldn't have a better delegate... Thanks so much to you, and to your mum.
Class act, start to finish.
Tribute to Connor ("CD") on Saturday afternoon - photo by David "geezer" Shattuck
Flying alongside young Joe (9-10 years old?) who came with Paul and Candace... I snuck in about 30-40 feet to his left, flying my kite... He was flying and doing his own thing, so I started flying some basic patterns while watching him, and he started mirroring what I was doing... I would ramp up the difficulty a bit and he'd up his flying along with it... Eventually, all the while without a word or look being exchanged, we found ourselves about 10 feet apart and he was following me around the sky in some simple 8 patterns... It was a real joy to see him absorbing so rapidly, and again, all without any verbal communication, just attuning together... You're the man Joe, great work.
(photo nicked from Paul Loranger's FB account)
Seeing Ben Lummas (9) and Daniel Hoath (7) working on their flying all week, including some fun pairs routines which they shared with us... It's the youth who will lead us into the future, we're just laying the foundation, their greatness will take it even further.
Scott Weider stepping in to fill a slot on the Decorators after David Ellison sustained an injury... After just three practices through the routine, Scott Went out and did a spectacular job with the team... Truth be told, I couldn't pick his kite out of the group, that's how well he did with it.
The ever so lovely Bart (bartman) Busse... Trepidation doesn't even BEGIN to cover what Bart was expressing and experiencing going into and even a couple days into the week... Within 3 days of arriving, he was flying in amongst the Decorators, mini-teams, mega flies and more, everything I knew he was capable of, but it was truly sublime to see him blossom as the days went by... Heck, he even let me hug him any time I wanted by the time he left, and gave my kiss back to me (LOL)... Love ya Bart, you are my hero for the week... I know we were all better for having you there.
Joe Hadzicki, jumping right into the thick of it whenever we needed him... Aside from lessons, he was game for all the grid flies, even without any grid practice he showed grace and flexibility every time out, and all of the fliers really, deeply appreciated having him there with them.
The "power grid" or "super sexy 16", a hand-picked squad of fliers who went out and tackled a 16 grid in 3 mph for 15-20 minutes non-stop... I took turns calling with Stephen Hoath, and it was brilliant fun as we adopted ("on the fly") some of the techniques used by our respective groups... So much fun, so stimulating as a pilot... Can't wait to experience something like that again.
Taking my first run at announcing... I spent a healthy portion of each day on the microphone, "finding my voice" as it were... I've wanted to do announcing for quite a while, and having such a large group of folks who I love dearly made it less daunting while I found my rhythm and comfort on the mic... There is often a shortage of good announcers at events, I hope to continue improving so I can fill in when necessary/possible.
Seriously, I could go on and on... It was such an amazing experience for me, it's impossible to remember every instance where someone stepped above the mark and made a difference on the field, every time someone helped another flier with something... This was one of the most natural and consistent shows of community and teamwork that I've ever had the joy of observing in my 20 years of organized kiting.
Thank you all for being yourselves, and for sharing it with us as a group.