I have been team flying since 1993 originally with the two time World Champions "Sky Dance" and from 2000 onwards with the multi European Champions "The Flying Squad". When i'm not flying Revs i pretend to design single line kites.
I am reliably informed that people used to fly at Bloubergstrand and at Dolphin Beach. We don't know what the current shop situation is like but google suggests Kiteshop.co.za first, then Capekites.co.za. They should have phone numbers.
i just arrived in CapeTown (south africa) and i couldnt travel with my rev. here the wind is really good and that is good enough to buy a new one.
Is there anyone who know where to buy in CapeTown ? or eventually ship it within south africa ?
Is there any place where people gather and fly revo ?
Thank for your help.
Steve, from our team is from Cape Town and is heading there today. I have emailed him to ask where the best flying spots are but I am not sure when he will pick up his messages next. I'll try update you further if i can contact him.
I can say I would exclude myself from this based on this video. While the flight looked basic it becomes too complex with that many kites. The circles alone made my eyes big and I had a flash of anxiety at the thought of being in that. I need a safe escape route. Much more practice required for something like that. Thanks for posting.
Hi Bart, thanks to you and everyone else for all your input on this subject.
The mega fly at Portsmouth was the first of its kind and so there are certainly better ways of doing it. However, one of the lessons i learnt is that it is still TEAM flying. No matter how good JB is he can still only fly one kite at a time (ok maybe two but that's it). So to make these things work we need a team and that could be you.
As with all team flying some moves are harder than others and some positions better suited to different skill sets. It is very possible to fly some sort of mega fly with most fliers providing you can keep a kite still. For example, holding at the top in that big grid is quite difficult and easy to fall out of. Being in the bottom row allows for quick escape should it be needed. There is better wind nearer the middle. Now bursts require us to face out so if you are not yet able to hold upside down and reverse back in then it is better to fly at a side.
The other thing to remember is that these MEGA flies only happen occasionally and so there is plenty of time and opportunity to start smaller and work our way up. Maybe this should be a key duty for IROR, to support and encourage fliers at smaller events to take part and create the building blocks for the Big Picture.
Having been lucky enough to be involved in these big teams i can say that it is my interest to get you to a level where you are capable, comfortable and confident enough to join in. After all, i would look stupid standing out there on my own wouldn't i?
I'd like to see Stephen get in in these discussions as well, he's been strangely absent for a while now.
Sorry for my lack of input on this one so far guys, i have been on an imposed sabbatical. 6 days with the In-Laws i can deal with, but 6 days without kites or a decent internet connection!
There were a great many things that went well in the Portsmouth/Bristol mass flies and a lot of lessons learnt also. Individual flying skills and wind conditions were major factors but the overwhelming positive attitude of the fliers was the most important factor. A general desire to succeed and be part of something special was one of the biggest contributions to the success. (oh and my great calling)
For my part, this is what i see IROR helping with. Giving us all enough information in advance of an event on what to expect and what we need to be able to do should lead us to even greater success than before. I only learnt to fly a Rev because Ian let me play with his new and expensive toy. This is a circumstance similar to many. IROR can be about doing this but on a different level.
So, the more of you that put up an opinion, the better the outcome will be. I am more interested in the opinions of people who try big teams for the first time or are new than of the existing team fliers.