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John Barresi

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#67393 Decorators 200 Events

Posted by John Barresi on 22 March 2010 - 09:48 AM

Congrats, and thank you for the ongoing inspiration. :)

#66381 let's talk about radios

Posted by John Barresi on 21 February 2010 - 12:27 PM

Wow, great info coming out here... Thanks for starting this topic Bart!

Also, a reminder for all - SPARE BATTERIES - always make sure you've got enough. ;)

Also, head sets are another consideration:

On iQuad, we typically use the ear buds with an over-ear hook to keep them in place... Full on headsets are okay too, but the "stick-in" ear buds that so many folks like have a tendency to fall out without warning, and in a large mega fly, there is no opportunity to land and stick 'em back in.

#66166 100 Rev fly at 2010 WSIKF (Aug 16-22)

Posted by John Barresi on 16 February 2010 - 10:37 PM

I'll send out email correspondence to the mailing list I have for mega fly pilots well in advance (60 days prior) to cover some essentials, but I should mention...

Bringing your own FRS/GMRS 2-way radio with headset is pretty critical since we may or may not have a sound system to use, if you can, bring 2 so there's a spare on the field... Last year, we had over 40 pilots with their own radios, made communicating pretty easy... This year, I'll have a stronger transmitting radio as my signal didn't always reach the end of the line last time.

For those coming from England (where FRS/GMRS is reserved for police, etc), try and have your local contacts bring some for you... We'll try and have some spares in the iQuad group, but no promises.

In the email correspondence, I'll go over ground rules, equipment needs, basic field conduct, schedule and other important goodies.

Bear in mind, I realize this is a collective effort by a bunch of fliers to do something really cool... Nobody is getting paid, so you're not "going to work" for anyone at WSIKF... I'll just send out the info, do your best to be familiar with the basics and we'll do our best to take care of everyone. ;)

#64516 Progression and difficulty levels?

Posted by John Barresi on 07 January 2010 - 01:22 PM

Bottom line, if you don't try it, and DRILL it, you won't learn it effectively.

This is where you distinguish the difference between "try" and "do".

"Do" doesn't mean you master it in one stroke, it means you repeat with intent, and no judgment as you make mistakes, which will make you better.

"Try" is just having the *idea* that you want to get better, but end up doing the same thing you've always done, or give something up after a few tries.

Don't over-think it, try and try again, SEE the maneuver happening in your mind's eye, even if you think you can't do it, visualize all the way.

Don't let your mind run games, we all have an innate tendency to kick our own ass internally... That's bull, it's just kites, go, go, go, go!

It doesn't come right away, and more so, it takes an average of 30-45 minutes working SPECIFICALLY on 1-3 things (only) before you start to crack the shell, so to speak.

You all have the ability, there's no great physical or mental prowess required, I assure you... It's methodology, repetition and desire that define the learning.

Gospel, all the way.

#63870 International Register of 'Revolution' Team Fliers

Posted by John Barresi on 31 December 2009 - 12:28 AM

I just whipped a couple of very rough, quick diagrams to show how the grid works...

25 pilots, 5 columns of 5... Kites as seen from behind, bodies as seen from above:
Grid Positions(25)-01.png

One column of 5, as seen from the side:
Grid Positions(line-angle)-02.png

If you had any doubts of the basic knowledge required, I trust it's dawning now... And remember, this has already been done successfully with 50+ kites, more than once.

Also bear in mind, the grid LOOKS far more complicated than it actually is, but this should serve to illustrate the need for standardized knowledge. ;)

Very rough for sure, and the end product will be a bit more polished (with supporting verbiage and video) but this is just a taste of the diagrams and information that we'll be making available.


Now, to get the juices flowing... Translate these calls to the grid above:

  • "Rows 1, 3 and 5, face right... Now."
  • "Rows 2 and 4, face left... Now."
  • "All kites, slow forward... Now."
  • "All kites, 180 (or turn to face the other way)... Now."
  • "All kites, fly back to columns... Now."
At any time, if it all goes south... "All kites back to grid... Now."

The beauty of this system is that everything can broken down into groups by points of reference... It's really just a matter of knowing what # row and column you're in.

The mathematics of the whole thing really does work better with an even number of rows and columns, i.e. 6x6, 8x8, as opposed to the 5x5 I'm showing here.

Again, using the diagram above:

  • "Columns 1, 3 and 5 fly up while columns 2 and 4 reverse down... Now."
  • "All kites back to grid... Now."
  • "Center kite (3-3) hold position, kites immediately around the center kite face outward to form a ball... Now."
  • "Outside kites (all of columns 1 and 5, all of rows 1 and 5) face outward to form a ball... Now."
  • "On my call, the center kite will spin to trigger a slow burst by both balls... Now."
  • "All kites, slow reverse back to balls... Now."
  • "And... Back to grid, now."
Crap, now I won't be able to sleep... Too much fun. <grin>

#63850 International Register of 'Revolution' Team Fliers

Posted by John Barresi on 30 December 2009 - 09:06 PM

The other realization of course, is that I've seen even the best pilots go screwy when surrounded by a couple dozen other pilots.

Peripheral activity, losing your kite, varying speeds around you, other pilots who lose control momentarily, all of these facets (and more) can rattle even a capable pilot.

Scaling up is the way to go, start small (team), grow (small mega team of 12), expand (grid of 16 = 4x4) and so on.

It's really not that hard when you measure the facts, but all of the factors, it's best to layer on the knowledge like making a good stable cake.

#63513 Pinned topics

Posted by John Barresi on 28 December 2009 - 07:42 PM

Ha, just did that before I read this. :)

Trick is, I can't quite turn all the pinned topics into a Wiki...

The information is SO varied and spread out through each topic, it's not practical to summarize.

So, mirrored topics in a separate section may be the best way to go, as a somewhat unstructured Wiki.

#63446 International Register of 'Revolution' Team Fliers

Posted by John Barresi on 28 December 2009 - 02:34 PM

At WSIKF 2010, we were TOO BIG for the event (literally)... Even with 50 pilots, we were overlapping our bounds nearly every day, a big problem.

Additionally, because of the sheer range of skill levels, just getting 50 pilots in the air took upwards of 45 minutes to get in place, primarily due to two things:

1. Lack of knowledge in using and implementing the grid.
2. A few newer pilots taking down the whole pack, restarting the process all over again.

With these observations, I hope you'll all appreciate the need for some international standards for starting and ending such large flies, conduct immediately before, during and after the attempt(s), as well as who might present a potential problem for the BIG PICTURE.

Step back, put your fear of exclusivity aside... We're kite fliers damn it!

Look at the people who are stepping up to try and make such things more accessible for everyone, weigh in on their collective characters and experience (as a group)... There's no conspiracy, this is the next logical step for large mega fly attempts worldwide.

The details aren't formed yet, and while some executive decisions must ultimately be made, again weighing in the collective character of those who are willing to take all that comes with leading oversized mega flies, we will be listening deeply to all of YOU.

#63030 Shoutbox

Posted by John Barresi on 25 December 2009 - 11:55 AM

Hi everyone, just added "shoutbox" as a present to the Rev forum... It's kind of like chat, messages that refresh every X number of seconds.

First, if you don't care for the shoutbox at all, you can make it invisible by clicking the "My Prefs" button in the right of the shoutbox, then set "Display Global Shoutbox" to NO... Doing so removes it from the "every page" display, but you can still access it anytime using the Shoutbox link in the main navigation menu.

Or if you just want to show/hide it, click the little "-" or "+" in the upper right corner of the Shoutbox section. :)

You can also click the "archive" link to view past shouts from our members.

Enjoy, please do let me know if causes any problems... And remember, you can always disable it. ;)

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#63015 Color scheme ideas

Posted by John Barresi on 25 December 2009 - 10:43 AM

wb = welcome back ;)

#63014 How to set up a routine

Posted by John Barresi on 25 December 2009 - 10:42 AM

In the scenario you mentioned for Lincoln City, it's a demo situation, WAY different than a competition.

Honestly, fly clean, move your kite to the music, and most all, FEEL it, enjoy it, that's what the audience will respond to most, not the complexity or professionalism of your performance... Take my word on this, 20 years of competition and demonstration experience speaking here.

If you want to "take it to task" and prepare a routine, I recommend you start browsing kite ballet videos... The older, the better.

Older routines are simpler, more "feel", whereas more recent routines are more likely to be focusing on WOW and tricks, much of which the audience doesn't understand.

A crowd at Lincoln City, they want to see people enjoying themselves, groovin'... Take stock of the routines you've seen there and the audiences response to each one, I'm sure you'll agree... Non-complex routines, but highly enjoyable might include Penny, Al Washington, Carl Bragiel, etc... Some of what they choose to do might be difficult, but it's all understandable to the uninitiated. :)

When someone goes too trick heavy on their stuff, unless they're one of the best pilots around, you can pretty much assume the audience will be lost, sometimes even if they are the best.

For some fodder, here are a couple of articles...


Realize of course, some of the articles above are tailored for competition.

When all else fails, consider the words of my good friend Rob (Bob) Hanson...


Enjoy yourself, fly clean, and the crowd will respond. ;)

#62957 New forum is open for business!

Posted by John Barresi on 24 December 2009 - 01:53 PM

Okay, just testing a quick fix...


This image is 3072 × 2304, let's try it.

Burka, this work for you too?

I better start getting some + reputation for all this hustling... You can't say I don't listen. ;)

#62885 New forum is open for business!

Posted by John Barresi on 23 December 2009 - 11:33 AM

Two ways...

1. As it is now, right from the index, log in box drops down for one-page login.
2. Remove it, click on "sign in", takes you to a second page for logging in.

Reason I ask, two people have reported that they can't click their cursor into the fields, and have to use the tab key to get there.

Those who have similar issues and don't know about the tab key might not be able to log in.


Reminder as well, please start using the Posted Image on all posts that give you useful knowledge or are reporting something that makes your life here easier.

#62829 New forum is open for business!

Posted by John Barresi on 22 December 2009 - 03:02 PM

Also, I'd love folks to get into the habit of pressing Posted Image on helpful, useful, informative posts whenever appropriate.

I'm leaving Posted Image available for now, but...

1. It should only be used for derisive, profane or destructive posts.
2. It will be removed in short order if misused.

Any post with more than 5 positive marks should become highlighted somehow, to make it easier to spot.

#61508 Got my Zen!

Posted by John Barresi on 24 November 2009 - 01:45 PM

I know the Zen has just been released, but I wanted to start a dedicated thread for people to post in with their photos and experiences. :)

Can't wait to hear from y'all!