Spoiler alert - grouchy old man casting cold water....
I walked by the spectators above field A and watched some Rev team flying demo in field A. The spectators may have been oohing and aahing, but they really only saw the kites from the side. The patterns of flight were essentially invisible to them, unless they had fantastic depth perception and could mentally reconstruct the face-on view from the few clues available from the side view.
This probably applies to all flying in field A with a N or NNW wind, such as we had most the week. But it particularly applies to teams of Revs (IMO).
Flying in field B would work better with N and NNW winds, but not much better with NW or W winds.
Where we were last year, below Sid Snyder drive, the spectators were basically directly behind us - and could see the formations well. And, if the wind was not N ... NW, then they could move around for a better view. And walking the length of the board walk or the paved path is easier than the soft-sand beach to get up to the other fields or the concession area.
Rules of thumb about beach wind conditions (based on very few years of observation):
- Winter: cra**y winds from the E to NE
- Other: SW winds, here comes moist wet weather from Hawaii.
- N, NW expected with the nice weather we had this year.
Just my rusty two cents and one vote for Sid S drive.
(Trivia - what year were cents issued that could become rusty, and why?