How did you discover the rev?
Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:58 AM
Following a discussion today, (on the beach with several revs up in the air!) I got to be wondering how everyone found them in the first place?
Big Bri offered to teach me how to fly my dual line kite properly (cos I was new to it and didnt know what to do next with it) but he was flying this weird looking kite and I fell in love with it immediately! It looked so much fun, and Steve let me have a bit of a go of one of his. Ive been hooked since, and now am collecting a bag full of the little devils and learning something new everytime I fly them. Funnily enough, I havent built any of my dual line kites since discovering the rev!
So what about everyone else? how did you all get sucked into the dark side of kite flying?
Posted 15 September 2007 - 10:14 AM
Following a how did you all get sucked into the dark side of kite flying?
as signature of Watty says «come on the dark side. we have cookies and milk!»
so i come to revo for the cookies & milk!
Posted 15 September 2007 - 10:25 AM
Now I have a 1st pace in experienced quad line precision under my belt.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 10:44 AM
I saw one in flight for the first time at Scheveningen in Holland shortly after. That person could barely fly it.
I bought my first, a REV I at a kite shop in Riverside, Ca in October 1990. I had to learn to fly it all by myself, which I did. I did not see anyone else flying one until the following spring in Vienna, Austria. It so happened that it was the team "The Decorators". From them, in particular Felix, I learned a bit more.
Now you know my story.
Long John (formerly Mr. R)
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 04:52 PM
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Rev Galleries: http://www.revkites....=user&user=1408
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 05:34 PM
Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:39 PM
After a few years of watching him fly these and really wanting one bad, I landed a job making really good money and I went to Greg at Sea Side Kites and finally bought an EXP by the end of the next week I had a 1.5 SLE and 2 weeks after that I got the Power Blast 2-4. (I know Crazy) but that was my first Ultra Light
Shortly after I met Sue and Steve from High Flyers Flight Co. in Newport and we took to each other like a crack dealer and a junkie, 3 years and 30+ Rev's later I still want more.
Art's wife Beth says we are bad influences on each other because we constantly pick each others brains for ideas and modifications, I guess she's right but I can think of worse things in this world to be addicted to and at least at the end of the day I'll always have my 2 bags of Rev's to show for it, So it's really not a bad Investment.
My 2 sons have also become highly into flying Rev's in the last 2 years as well which has pretty much got them off the couch and outside as often as possible flying, yet another benefit in my eyes.
Now I have a new dealer at Midwest Kites, Lyn and Rich have become my new sugar mama and daddy to further add to my kiting needs, they are great people and very helpful and to me they rank right up there with the top's of the kiting industry, They are 2 of the most friendly and helpful people I've dealt with in the retail market.
Some call it the Dark Side I believe I have seen the light, something this good can't be all that bad.
Resistance is Futile, You Will Be Assimilated
Ft. Taber Park & Brenton Point
Rev's are like a carbon framed out-of-body experience
Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:46 PM
Watched a few Rev guys and had it suggested i have a go.Bought a vented 1.5 and a std a few weeks later.I have a house full of kites though,i just love kites,ALL KITES REALY and the Revs great for CHILLIN.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 11:52 PM
Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:23 AM
Back then I had mostly been SLKs, I had dabbled a bit with Peter Powells but once the initial novelty of tearing round the sky, first in one direction then in the other had worn of I soon got bored.
“It’s all changed now, said Gary, “come and see.”
I did and I have to say, I still wasn’t impressed. I think duel line must be a bit like those Magic Eye pictures that were so popular in the 90's, either you get it or you don’t, and no matter how hard I try, I just don’t get it.
And that would have been the end of the story if, while we were talking I hadn’t seen somebody with a very odd looking kite doing an inverted slide 3” above the ground, way over in the corner of the field.
“Oh, those,” says Gary “they are what I fly in competition.”
I was hooked.
It's Good to Share the Joy.
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So I did... 12 Rev's later.........
Posted 17 September 2007 - 10:36 AM
Posted 17 September 2007 - 12:12 PM
After not flying for 10ish years, last summer I got a 1.5 SLE which got me back into flying, then last fall a custom 1.5 vented, many frames, and then this summer a custom 1.5 SUL.
I still remember looking at that Rev I in awe. I had never seen a sport kite of any kind before that.
Posted 17 September 2007 - 03:32 PM
I progressed from single lines into a dual line parafoil pretty quickly. I remembered seeing people in front of the kite loft in ocean city flying kites that did all these wierd tricks. I started searching the internet and decided that the rev was what I had seen them flying.
I looked at about 15 - 20 different online sites and read the descriptions on all of them. I ordered a rev 1.5 SLE after reading the recommendations on this forum. Then a B, then a vented B, then Scarlette...
On a similar vein, I sunk the final hook into my friend Joe this past weekend. He was flying his new Prism Quantum and having fun. I set up my original 1.5 SLE and said "try this". He was hooked in about two minutes and in five minutes he said "I can see I'll have to get one of these". I sent him home with my SLE and said he could use it until he got one of his own. So, if this topic ever comes up in the future he can blame me.
Posted 17 September 2007 - 04:28 PM
On June 16, 2001, Father's Day, we were driving down highway 101 through Rockaway Beach Oregon. There were big inflated kites in the air, so we stopped to see what was going on. We walked onto the beach and there was a man flying a four stack if kites that appeared to have four lines. It was Bob Serack. He was putting those kites any place he wanted in the sky. That really got my attention. Bob got out a "beater" and gave me a lesson on how to fly a Rev.
The following November I couldn't stand it any longer and bought an EXP and a kite shop in Carlsbad, California.
My wife Lynn and I now have twelve Revs and travel all over to festivals and fun flys, flying together. We have done demos at events and one pairs competition.
Bob Serack truly changed our lives and we thank him for it.
Jim and Lynn Foster
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