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#1 Techguy67

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:28 PM

Made the plunge today and purchased a B series mid vent. Got the 3 wrap and race rods as well as 85' and 120' lines. I've been flying dual line kites for about a year and I'm looking forward to moving over to quad lines. Now where were those video's I saw earlier....

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:14 PM

Welcome to the Rev forum and welcome to the dark side.
You should find most of the REV training videos on our sister forum at www.kitelife.com .
However, there are a few scattered around somewhere within this forum.
There are also a few on the Revolution web site at www.revkites.com .

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:43 PM

Made the plunge today and purchased a B series mid vent. Got the 3 wrap and race rods as well as 85' and 120' lines. I've been flying dual line kites for about a year and I'm looking forward to moving over to quad lines. Now where were those video's I saw earlier....


Be sure to check out http://www.learnkites.com/.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:47 PM

Welcome to the forum and welcome to the dark side! Watch out, it's addictive . . . . I took a 20+ year hiatus from kite flying and then saw someone flying a revolution at a festival less than two years ago . . . . now I think about rev flying just about every day and am gearing vacation travel around kite festivals and flying. . . . and I won't tell how many I own now (partly so I can fly with my kids at the same time in every wind condition).

Edit - I ditto what Love2Fly said below - you should meet up with other fliers because that's the fastest way to learn. And don't worry about flying with others when you're just learning - we love to welcome new dark side devotees to the mix, and the faster you learn . . . the faster you can become addicted like the rest of us. If you're ever in the Chicago area, IKE has several pretty active Rev pilots. We don't get together as often as I'd like, but we do meet up from time to time.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hi Techguy67....

Welcome to the Rev family. .... you've made two great choices; choosing Revs and your first Rev being a midvent.
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In case you're not aware, there's a good club in the northeast (North East Kite Flyers).

If you're ever in NJ, there's a bunch of Rev flyers (known as "The Jersey Crew") and we fly regularly at Liberty State Park, in Jersey City.

There's tons of great info in the previous threads (as you've already seen). If you can't find an answer, feel free to ask; everyone is happy to help.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:31 AM

Welcome to the fray! Definitely get together with some experienced fliers, it will make learning easier and a lot more fun!

Remember to come back here and let us all know how you are doing, we love stories.... :sign_kitelife:
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:24 AM

Welcome Techguy67,:sign_welcome:

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:31 AM

Welcome!!!

Some practical stuff:
1. - Check your lines and even them up!! Even if they are new!! Recheck after a few flights to see if things have changed!! Uneven lines will let the kite steer itself, you don't need that!!
2. - Pretty much forget anything you learned flying dual line kites!! Quads are a whole different animal, takes very different set of control motions to make them respond correctly!!
3. - If you are in danger of crashing - GIVE TO THE KITE!!! Step forward, not back!! Let the kite crash, but moving forward will lessen the crash and you can survive all in one piece!! Pulling back just drives the kite into the ground that much harder!!

I agree that finding others, that will share their experiences, will shorten up the learning curve and get you on your way in the fastest way possible!!! ENJOY!!

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:03 PM

Welcome!!!

Some practical stuff:
3. - If you are in danger of crashing - GIVE TO THE KITE!!! Step forward, not back!! Let the kite crash, but moving forward will lessen the crash and you can survive all in one piece!! Pulling back just drives the kite into the ground that much harder!!

I agree that finding others, that will share their experiences, will shorten up the learning curve and get you on your way in the fastest way possible!!! ENJOY!!



Great tips, this one specifically caught my eye. I had never heard that before but it makes sense and thanks for sharing!! It is a ver counter intuitive reaction. I know I would be tempted to move back to power the kite to turn just out of muscle memory form power kites...
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 09:34 AM

Once you've gotten the hang of what you can get away with, pulling out works!! But until then you're gonna crash, so why not survive it as best you can!! John B. has some very nice tutorials on line equalization and other things that will help you get going!! My recommendation is to go out in good winds (5-10mph) to learn!! Less, you struggle to keep flying, too much higher, and it's harder to control things!! Once you get control ( and it's a never ending thing), you'll find it to be a lot of fun!! Then try flying with others, as your next challenge!!Posted Image

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#12 Techguy67

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:08 AM

Thanks for the welcome and tips everyone! It's gonna be a long week before my kite arrives. Not a problem though as it will allow some time for the snow we got yesterday a chance to melt.




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