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Posted 30 September 2011 - 02:15 AM

To suggest the entire team is a little overwhelmed at the moment would be a rather huge understatement. We're all jet lagged beyond belief (it took 36 hours for ME to get home and I had the easiest trip as my house served as the starting point on this trip, JB and TK added nearly another entire day of travel by the time they got to Wildwood) and thus, it's taken a few days to get reoriented and pop in here to post. Internet access over there was often pretty crappy and what little free time we did have was usually spent conversing with our families back here, so excuse the delay.

But, all the being said, it was simply the most amazing trip we have ever undertaken as a team, bar none and of course, there are people to thank for that opportunity. First of all, BEN and Revolution Kites for helping us get there, from festival #1 straight through to 100, they've been a huge help and likely without their support, we'd have never reached 25 festivals, let alone 100. Same goes for our other sponsors, The Kite Shoppe, Laser Pro, Glued to The Blue, Kitelife, and my own Simian Studios. Without the people who have helped us along the way, we'd be nowhere. And we are proud to represent them all. (AND, a SPECIAL tip of the hat to Aerochic/Carolyn Leshock who did a truly stunning logo to help us celebrate the event! Carolyn, I could sit here all day long and tell you how much people love the design, and I can tell you how I kinda cried a little when the Bintulu organizers rolled out a HUGE banner with that logo on it as a welcome to iQuad when we arrived. I can also tell you that it was one of the key things that made this trip work the way it did. We are forever grateful to you (and to all our sponsors!))

As many of you know, when Meaghan and I went last year to Bintulu, we had a fantastic time. The Malaysian hospitality is fantastic and when I left there, I promised the organizers that I'd do everything I could possibly do to get the team over there for the next one. And, while this literally took an entire year, it was well worth it. I'll write a much longer piece for Kitelife (somehow) for the next two issues, and sincerely, there are literally 100s of fantastic photos on Facebook, you have all likely seen piles of these already, but here's a quick look at the trip, since I am awake at this ungodly hour of the morning due to lingering jet lag issues.

Day 1

Travel Travel Travel. Vancouver - Hong Kong - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore. 18 hours in the air alone, before layover hours. If I remember right, the trip was roughly 30 hours from pillow to pillow. We were pretty wiped out by the time we rolled into our hotel in Singapore. And what an exciting hotel it was! But, great location with great food mere steps away in every direction.

Day 2

First day of Asia's very first (and likely not the last!) iQuad rev clinic. Done much in the same format as we have done all over the place already, the first day was pretty easy on us as it was mostly DUAL LINE stuff, and thus, JOHN'S thing :D We made appropriate catcalls, whistles, etc, and spent time with the Rev flyers. And got used to the heat. It's safe to say that nearly every day of the entire trip was 30-35 + celsius in temperature, with a little touch of the humidz, or, as we call it over here, 100% humidity. Just a fantastic day, but, wow, did we ever sleep well that night.

Day 3

Onto the Rev parts of the clinic! We were flying in a small park in the middle of town called Punggol Walk. Not the bestest place to fly, but a good location for a clinic, right on the transit lines and lots of grass. This was also the day we saw the most stunning storm of the trip. We were literally sitting down and eating lunch (Canada 2 4 1 Pizza no less. No, really.) and we watched a huge bank of clouds come rolling in. As soon as we got back to the field, the skies opened up. Imagine the worst rain you have ever seen, and for most people, this was much worse :D and it had a 35 mph+ wind attached to it. Stuff blew EVERYWHERE and everyone was quite literally soaked, head to toe, in the mere 30 minutes that the storm lasted for. Thats it. 30 minutes and it started to clear up. However, when the storms do that there, they suck whatever little wind there was and make it dead still. So, we taught low wind technique. When the wind hands you lemons, better get with the lemonade business...

Day 4

We took a vote. There's a great beach in Singapore, called East Coast Park, where the kings of Singapore team flying, Airnergy, work their magic. Every single clinic participant voted YES so, off we headed to the beach. While it's not a very deep beach, there was certainly much more useable wind and thus, the day was spent teaching basic team moves. Needless to say, there are now a bunch more people in SG who are going to be flying a lot more team soon. SWEET! Complete success! Got some street flying in too, downtown Singapore! WHOOOOO!

Day 5
Ah yes, a travel day, but, a simple one, get from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, a 1 hour flight! We went sightseeing around KL afterwards, caused trouble, had fun, shopped the chinatown market, drank lots of Tiger beer, ate a small bamboo rainforest worth of Satay in the very area it was first served in, flew a routine on the side of a building, drank more Tiger, went to the Petronas Towers, SLEEP.

Day 6
Or as I called it, The Monkey Returns to the Batu Caves with his monkey friends". Last year when I went, all i could think about in the Batu Caves was "man, this would be an awesome place to fly". This year, we made it happen. John and Rama Kristan wangled permission from the management of this sacred spot (uh, you want to do what in here? fly your kites? seriously? are you insane or just weird?) and bam, we were flying in the Batu Caves. Wait till you see THIS video, usually, I'd say "holy (something) but, given the nature of the Batu Caves, I'll display a rare moment of grace and just say WOW.

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Batu_Caves

We were not the only Rev flyers along for this, by this time, Penny Lingenfelter was with us as well. She had a blast for the entire trip, I don't think she ever stopped smiling and laughing.

After flying the heck out of the caves, we went to one of the local flying fields which had a view of the petronas towers and ran a bunch of practice stuff on this amazing skyline, much to the amusement of a few dozen local children (and one pet monkey). Penny taught'em all to fly her indoor as well. The evening? The usual laughs, great times and good people! EVERY night, we'd fall asleep in mere seconds, completely worn out, yet excited the next morning to get back at it.

Day 7

Another travel day, this time to where the festival is happening, Bintulu, a little town on the Malaysian side of the Borneo Island

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Where the organizers unveiled a HUGE banner welcoming us to Bintulu and congratulating us on having our 100th festival at THEIR festival. It had been a stressful day of travel, we were all worn out and quite frazzled and yet, we all could do nothing but smile hugely when we saw that, I think I even shed a tear or three, but sssssssh, don't tell anyone. I'd actually forgotten about this, but, when I left last year, I'd directly promised a few people there that'd I'd get iQuad to Bintulu come hell or high water and one of those guys thanked me for that as soon as I stepped off the plane, "You did it! You brought them all back!). BLOWN AWAY by how well we were treated by these people, we will never forget it. Sleep? Heck ya, we sure needed it.

Day 8

Or as we call it now, one of the most trying days in the history of the team. We went for a tour of one of the Iban longhouses in the morning, and when we got back, we figured we'd head down to the field and play around, There was nothing serious on the agenda beyond a big fighter comp fight, so, yay! Rest! Play! Get ready for Day 9, the opening ceremonies! This was not how it played out, at all. Suddenly, it was announced, they were going to run a full slate of demos. With 15 minutes notice. We have -never- been caught that flat footed. No demo music, no radios. NO WIND. I mean, really, it was around 1 mph and super swirly. We had to actually sit out our first demo while we sorted music out and got our crap together. It was brutal, and really, the rest of the day went about as bad. We still had fun, but, man oh man, that was easily the worst day of the whole trip. We tried our best to get a groove on in that "wind" but, nope, it never happened. Talk about feeling like a buncha chumps.

*sigh*

Day 9

The Opening Ceremonies. Given this is likely the biggest event in this town all year long, every single politician feels the need to come out, be seen, make speeches, etc. (I will say this however, the minister of tourism gave a REALLY funny speech!) The wind was much like the day before, ie, really crappy. We'd pulled the Zens out and even those were having issues. We were tired, even more frazzled and getting somewhat freaked out that we had to open the show up in front of all these government people and roughly 80,000 people.

But.

Apparently, the iQuad bubble had simply been delayed in shipping on Air Asia, because about 1/2 an hour before we had to try and make a go of it, the wind came up. When the wind is "right" in Bintulu, it's barrelling down the old airport runway at about 8-10mph and thats exactly what it started to do. The standard sails (black variant, race rods) came out. And when they called out our names to fly, we flew what was quite possibly the best fly through the Raiders music we have ever flown, period, anywhere in the world. And I know I sniffled a little bit in the very middle section when we expand out to a slow rotating ball, and again as we nailed a super blender. There's video of this on Facebook. I've never felt prouder of the team for pulling a rabbit out of the hat at the most crucial moment of the entire trip as I did right then. As we landed out of the radar at the very end, the crowd exploded, the government types were on their feet, and I looked back across the whole team, and then looked right at my main contact for the festival. He had two thumbs up and a huge smile, I guess we did the job for him. :D Honestly, I've never been so overwhelmed at the end of a fly. The rest of that day was just magical, we flew great and that evening, the organizers threw a happy 100th party for us at a local restaurant with 60 guests, including all of the Rev flyers at the festival. BOOYA! We had secretly placed a big bunch of DVDs, stickers, vinyl cuts, pins, patches under all the table cloths, much to the amazement of the crowd. Penny acted as our MC, we held a trivia contest for the last 5 sets of trading cards in existence and had everyone sign the huge banner. The day that made up for everything that was very hard about this trip. :-)

Day 10

Well, more of the same really, we flew our butts off all day long, sometimes as a six, sometimes we'd add on the 4 dudes of Airnergy (Singapore based and SUPERB guys to fly with!) sometimes we did larger megaflys. All in all, a hilariously, fun, relaxed day. Late in the day, they asked us to dance and fly our kites to a local dance they had done at the longhouse trip of Day 8. PRICELESS! I know there is video of this on facebook as well. By the end of the song? We were flying over top of a couple hundred poco poco dancing malaysian. They loved it, we loved it. Must find more video of it. Pro tip - its really kinda tricky to fly a rev and dance whats essentially the hokey pokey at the same time. I had my green Bazz Eyes with me, Chua Lin (SG) and Leong Cee Wan had THEIR eyes with them, and voila, we had an eyes megafly. All three of them. Bazzer stood and watched as a proud father.

Day 11

The final day of the festival. And, more of the same, though this time we threw in an Asian megafly, combining ourselves, Airnergy, Taiwan 8+, 8 flyers from the world championship Japanese team, Air Rex and a handful of local flyers for a 28 person SINGLE LINE megafly. Alas, no chance to get a grid going, but, we managed it with very few issues. More Poco Poco flying, more great runs thru our own routines and a fantastic final banquet where we were given "Best show kites of the festival" and a beautiful framed certificate marking our 100th festival. Did I mention sleep? We did a lot of that this evening as well but, nowhere near enough as....

Day 12/13

The day started at 5:00AM, Monday, Bintulu time. By the time it ended for me, it was Tuesday, 3pm in the afternoon Bintulu time, so roughly 34 hours of travel time to get home, and for once, it was the shortest for me. JB and TK simply did laundry, rested a short while and they were off to Wildwood for AKA.

Thats the short version ;-)

Also, I'd like to specifically thank all the organizers of the Bintulu festival that we worked with to make this trip happen. Our deepest hope is that you loved what we brought to your festival, and we certainly loved our time spent both there and in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Truly a unique and stunning trip on so many levels, I could go on about it for DAYS, but, I'll simply say.... terima kasih.

(note, I did not say kumbaya at any point this trip.)

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:13 AM

Dave,

Great report. What pictures I have seen are fantastic. Congrats to Aerochic on the banner. I look for ward to the rest of the report/pictures/video.
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:42 AM

I gotta setup a facebook account!!!! Posted Image Great report and CONGRATS!! Posted Image

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:27 AM

Monkey ~ Your diary report felt as if I was there looking over your shoulder!

Truly an experience of a lifetime!

Facebook videos and photos are unbelievable!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to the entire iQuad team for reaching the milestone of 100 frestivals... Now on to the next 100!

THANK YOU for sharing the trip with all of us who were unable to actually be there in person! ...and thanks to all of the sponsors who made it happen!

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:08 PM

While I only got to enjoy Bintulu through Facebook and your write up I am very glad that I can say I have met you guys at a portion of those 100 appearances and am pleased to be able to think of you as my friends!


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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:38 PM

Fantastic recap! It sounds wonderful! And yes, the vids on FB are outstanding!

Good job team! :)

Hugs to you all when I see you next week at LC!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 05:22 PM

Monks thank you so very much and now you can kill mePosted Image, on the serious side thanks so much for the post
and the photos and all..... The cave thing really was so cool and I remember you talking about the idea last
time you went over there and to think you did it, hmmmm "Forbidden City in China was good this was one
up for sure, did I tell you I hate all of youPosted Image,naaa just wish I could have shared this one with you guys...Posted Image
Wow......Thats all I can say and I'm glad you guys are home and to thank the entire team for all they
do each day year after year on there own dime and time, Revolution would be lost without you guys and I'd
personally have no one to keep me in line without you.......Ben

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:11 AM

:ani_punk: :ani_punk: :ani_punk: It's my 4th yr in Bintulu and I can say it's the most awesome this time round! What a journey! :ani_notworthy: :ani_notworthy: :ani_notworthy:

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:46 AM

Hi Dave.... and iQuad--

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I am soooooooo happy for all of you. What an amazing accomplishment and what a way to celebrate it, too! It sounds like a great time and the perfect way to honor such a milestone. You deserve every moment of it!!!

This "Revolution" that is flying, globally, shows just how successful iQuad is. Do you realize how many people have been touched a little or changed, majorly, because of your flying and the clinics? I know for myself, it's huge!

So, THANK YOU, for your five years!!!!!Posted Image

I can't wait to see what happens in the next five, ten or twenty years!!!! All the best to the entire team.

xoxo to you all.

Ps. I got tears in my eyes as I read about the perfect Raiders routine; when it really counted and after being so tired, etc. I couldn't be happier for you guys and for everything falling into place .... or should I say "flying into place"!!!
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:56 AM

Wow.. Congrats to all of you.. I got tired just reading your report Monks.. but how cool. Glad it all went well and you are all recovering. I saw the video of Raiders.. it is truly one of the best rounds the team has done. Is the video of the caves online? I would love to see that.
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:04 PM

Wowwwww, what a great report, Monkey! I've been hearing and reading bits and pieces about what a great trip you all had, but this really encapsulates it! I'm SO Happy that your Anniversary Trip turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime. It's been amazing to see what you all have done in these five years. I can only imagine what hard work it's been to tailor these routines to all combinations of your team members and be as precise as you are! I am forever glad that our paths have crossed as friends and fliers. I've been all too happy to create something for iQuad and give back for the wonderful inspiration that you all have given me! I'm thrilled to have played a part in your celebration! Here's to many more years and new adventures!!! :throb:

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:45 AM

Aw you guys are getting me all choked up again :D

It's all the people we have met and flown over the years with that have made this journey as amazing as it's been, thank you to every single one of you. And here's to the next 5 years!

The cave flying videos will surface sometime soon, we have more than 100 gig of video to wade through and we're going to film a bunch this weekend as well, at festival #101, on highway 101, likely with a dinner at pier 101!

Lincoln City is extra special as it was the 1st festival to officially invite us in 2006!
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Posted 04 October 2011 - 05:17 AM

Aw you guys are getting me all choked up again :D

It's all the people we have met and flown over the years with that have made this journey as amazing as it's been, thank you to every single one of you. And here's to the next 5 years!

The cave flying videos will surface sometime soon, we have more than 100 gig of video to wade through and we're going to film a bunch this weekend as well, at festival #101, on highway 101, likely with a dinner at pier 101!

Lincoln City is extra special as it was the 1st festival to officially invite us in 2006!


Hi Dave-

Awesome....

Can't wait to see the latest videos.

Have a great time!
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 09:43 AM

What the hell were we thinking Monks? :kid_smartass:

What a long, strange road it's been... Thanks to all for being a part of it!

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:08 AM

What the hell were we thinking Monks? Posted Image

What a long, strange road it's been... Thanks to all for being a part of it!


Thanks to iQuad for all you do to advance the enjoyment of playing with the wind. Thanks especially to JB & TK for making the stop at Wildwood. Too bad the iQuad wimps had to get their beauty rest instead of flying with us east coasters. We would have liked to see them also.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 05:12 PM

Too bad the iQuad wimps had to get their beauty rest instead of flying with us east coasters. We would have liked to see them also.


When you are as ugly as we are, it takes a lot of rest. We need to look F I N E for Lincoln City this coming weekend ;-)

John, I'm convinced it was the drinks at the FLIC party that night.
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 12:26 AM

iQuad, Airnergy, Layangman, Airrex, Team 8+ and to all Quad lines flyers....

Let arrange another happening in 2012 during Borneo International kite Festival:kid_smartass::kid_smartass:

Hopping year 2012 will have more Rev flyer from the world, Australia,Japan,Taiwan, USA, Canada, Singapore, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Korea,France, Germany, New Zealand, lastly Malaysia

Bintulu Kite Flyers will join the Mega fly in 2012 again. We hope the Most Number of Quad Line Kites flying simultaneously in the sky will be happen in BIKF 2012.

By the way how many kites we are targeting to fly? What is the numbers of kites?

Who have the record of Most numbers of Quad line flying?

please share...

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:44 AM

At the moment, the official Rev mega fly (formation) record is 64...
We set this last year (2010) in Long Beach WA at WSIKF. :)

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