In 2010, we were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down at Sid Snyder, seemingly miles from the main event.
In 2011, we moved to field C (-ish) and found it was even worse, being squarely between both restrooms, with a lot of deep sand between here and there.
I've had a lot of discussion with some of the WSIKF folks...
The way I see it, the two largest (literal size and scale) "single attractions" on the beach are the large inflatables and the Rev teams, making the perfect north/south sandwich around the main demo field... Now thanks to the support of folks like Theresa Norelius, Scott Davis and a few others, we have the opportunity to be a full part of the show!
Since we're coming straight from Dieppe (Canada), the first iQuad members won't start arriving until Tuesday afternoon.
Of course, we now have *many* experienced leaders and fliers amongst the NW crew (and our visiting friends), you'll all be fine.
A few basic guidelines to be aware of:
- WSIKF organizers reserve the right to ask for field B to be cleared temporarily if they need the space to get an overflow event done, but it will be very rare (if at all) and they've assured me that we'll have 30-60 minutes notice beforehand... Regardless, fliers on field B should be prepared to move kites to the side for a quick tear down, even if it's on shorter notice - it'll be easy if we all cooperate.
- If you are a BRAND NEW flier on Revs, please feel free to ask for a bit of help from nearly anyone on the Rev field, but uncontrolled kites should be flown (safely) in the public flying areas... The key is that there will be so many Revs on the field, and regular team activities, the field needs to be fairly well organized.
- Teams and individuals will occasionally be flying and walking over the line into the main field for demos, please be aware and assist them by holding the line down, etc.
Mega Teams at WSIKF:
At this point there are no plans to try for a new world record in the grid format this year, I'm thinking of trying to organize a new record fly of 100 or more in 2013 - stay tuned.
That being said...
You all saw the Rev Team Boot Camp exercise where three 6-person teams flew simultaneously?
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What do you think of putting TEN six-person teams up at the same time, flying the same ballet, all over the beach, with one on center stage?
Basically like a "flash mob" of Rev team fliers... The public will think one team is coming on, but as the music starts, the beach comes alive with teams!
Getting folks up to speed on the routine would be the most challenging, but the possibility is there - post back here if you want to be involved.
Rest easy, we'll obviously be seeing the usual grid and traditional mega team exercises throughout the week - no shortage for flying or education for anyone!
For a look at the skills necessary for this team routine, check out the Rev Team Boot Camp overview from July.
If you want to participate in the group fly of 6-person teams, please click here to send a PM to Bri Howard with:
1. An honest summary of your basic abilities on a Rev.
2. What dates you'll be attending WSIKF.
RevGuild, thanks for the support...
In case you missed the news somewhere, the RevGuild kite club is almost entirely phased out now...
Since the club had no overhead, membership dues were traditionally spent on pizza or sandwiches for the Rev fliers 1-2 times during WSIKF.
We plan to do the same again this year (maybe Wed/Fri), with any remaining balance from club accounts being donated directly to the World Kite Museum.
In all likelihood, it'll be Subway sandwiches... It's nearby, reasonably priced and we'll make sure to have some veggie option for non-carnivores.
Lots on my mind at the moment, I warmly encourage you to post back with your thoughts, ideas, excitement, or assistance...
Looking forward to your replies!