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Stephen Hoath

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#60507 frejus - Cote D'Azur - France

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 28 October 2009 - 04:26 AM

I had a great time in Frejus as usual. The welcome was as warm as the weather and there were huge crowds on both days to watch the show.

The Columbian teams were the guests of honour this year. One of the groups had a series of quad line kites based on a space theme. These kites looked amazing in the sky but were a little challenging to fly.

Another point of interest was the Gonzalez brothers printed Revthat was the winner of the raffle on the Spanish forum. I have attached a photo but you really had to see this one up close to appreciate the art work!

Along with The Flying Squad, there was the French pair Ephemere who's technical skill is as high as any I've seen (thank goodness there are only two of them! :devil: ) and the Spanish Pair Viento Sur. These guys have a great Tango ballet that they managed to complete in under 2mph wind. Simply amazing.

We will try an put some more pictures on our web page soon.

#60169 2009 Schedule for The Flying Squad

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 22 October 2009 - 10:51 PM

Frejus (FR) this weekend with Susan, Hezz, Geoff, Gary, me and the kite b***h Barton.

Should be more fun than sitting in the airport anyway.

#60168 frejus - Cote D'Azur - France

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 22 October 2009 - 10:46 PM

Some of The Flying Squad are off today to the south of France for our last festival of the year.

It's a great event with people from all over Europe. I'll try to take some photo's but not sure if i will have the time.

So, if my plane ever leaves, next stop Nice.

#60064 field etiquette,arena craft,

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 21 October 2009 - 02:20 AM

We recently talked as a team.About some simple,but good practices we could follow when in an arena or just flying together.Some ideas can be quite usefull and some very funny.Perhaps some of the larger or more experienced team pilots can help the topic along.Are ther any 10 commandments.Unspoken rules on how to behave when in the field.


Thou shalt do as you are told by the caller.
*unless i meant something else in which case it is down to you to know what I meant and do that instead.+
+It is up to you to know when I meant what I said and when I meant something else, no further clues will be given.

#59788 uk Gathering

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 13 October 2009 - 03:42 AM

Hi Brian, sorry I can't make this weekend as it sounds like a real blast. Unfortunately I have other plans that can't be moved.

Still it sounds as though you have some great fun lined up. What are the chances of getting Fraser to write up another weekend report like the last time? Keep on letting us know what we are going to miss, it's good for the soul.

Wishing you all the best with the weekend. You'll just have to plan another so that all those of us who can't make this one can come and enjoy the pleasures of the North.


#59220 Scheveningen - Holland 26th - 27th September

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 28 September 2009 - 11:10 AM

Well, i am back from Holland and what a great weekend.

Scheveningen is a great kite festival and has everything you can think of with kites. The wind was a little light this year but this only seemed to make everyone work harder and the huge crowds that gathered both days were well entertained.

The Flying Squad and Time out both performed ballets in some very light winds and then joined forces to fly as an 8 person team. Time Out's new kites look even better in the flesh than they do in the photos and the team did some fantastic flying even in the very light winds. Watch out for more from this team they just keep getting better.

There were a few other Rev fliers around but the beach was so crowded with big single line kites and public that there just wasn't anywhere else to fly.

So, Scheveningen is a great festival to visit next year if you get the chance.

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#58761 Scheveningen - Holland 26th - 27th September

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 17 September 2009 - 11:41 AM

So The Flying Squad are off again to another festival this weekend and I am really looking forward to it.

There is a great beach at Scheveningen and I have some fond memories of the place from when I flew dual line team.

I know that Time Out will be there but is anyone else going to be at the festival?

Details of the festival can be found here

#58636 Dublin 2009 - 12th & 13th September

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 15 September 2009 - 02:22 AM

And we know why :blushing: dont we Gary !!

We had a great time in Ireland and met some great local fliers. Many thanks to Chris and Connor especially for making us feel so welcome.

It was super light winds all weekend with the occasional bit of downwards blowing winds so we had a good chance to try the new printed SUL sails. These kites just keep impressing me. They feel so alive even in 2mph down. We used Race rods and didn't even need to drop down to the 50lb lines to make them fly. It would have been a great place to fly the team Blasts but we just did not have the weight allowance on the plane to take all the gear.

There are a few Rev fliers in Ireland but they all seem to be spread around a lot and so it is unusual to have someone else to fly with. Now they have tasted team flying I wonder if they will try and get together more often.

A big thank you to the organisers and The Kite Society for arranging a great event. Let's hope that it runs again next year!

ps, here's a shot of the new kites all lined up and ready for battle. :wub:

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#57829 New SUL Revs for TFS

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 02 September 2009 - 08:57 AM

Very nice guys! All you need now are some larger rev bags to carry the huge selection of kites you have!!!!! LOL

Keep up the good work.


Nah, I much prefer to lug 4 full Rev bags everywhere I go! It saves time on going to the gym.

#57828 New SUL Revs for TFS

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 02 September 2009 - 08:54 AM

Ohhhh, it's there Simon, it's there.
I hadn't noticed the mark when I started drooling the first time. :P Maybe I need some kinda drool damn.....

So I'm curious.... is this just a personal mark on your own sail, or maybe like the signiture of the design artist??? Do you all have your own mark?

This being the 3rd kite I've seen with a mark, it's tempting to figure out something of my own.



If you take a look at the graphic file you can see what the full kite design is. Through some cunning and clever printing technique I don't fully understand (let's just call it magic) Los Hermanos have been able to print a water mark onto/into the kite. There are lines on both left and right of the kite which are almost invisible from head on (see Simon's photo) but that show up clear as day from the side. All I know is that I love it.

It took a while to design the skin which is one reason that we have 6 the same. However, with the printing process it is possible to have any variation you like even to the extent of having your name (and contact details) printed on the kite discreetly if you prefer. Mr Mitchell will be able to testify how long it takes to perfect the design and stop thinking applique but it is well worth the effort. Just for interest the final design was number 13z! I have attached a picture of some of the ones that did not make the grade. Did we make the right choice?

One tip for anyone designing their own sail, use darker and richer shades than you think as they work much better when the kite is lit from behind.

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#57810 New SUL Revs for TFS

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 02 September 2009 - 04:15 AM


What can I say, there are not enough superlatives to describe The Flying Squad's new SUL Revs. A huge thank you to Los Hermanos and Revolution for making these kites happen.

We picked up the new kites at Portsmouth and as they were SUL kites the wind was strong all weekend. However, we got a chance to fly them on Monday and they are amazing. The light wind range on these kites is jaw droppingly good and the single piece skin gives the kite a responsive feel that anyone should be happy with. Add to that the fact that they look stunning then you can tell why I am so happy.

I have attached a photo for you all to look at and the original graphic so you can see some of the detail. The design is inspired by the beautiful Twister kites that Bazzer made for us last year (thanks Bazzer) and when you get up close you can really see some amazing details. Step back down the lines and you get a strong pattern that really stands out.

We will hopefully get some more air time on them soon and we can feed back in a little more detail on how they fly but if you fly in light winds and you want something special you could do a lot worse than get one of these.

Revolution have really pulled off a coup by getting together with these guys and I love it! (can you tell?)

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#57279 PORTSMOUTH 2009

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 25 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

Is there a rev arena this year

Sure there is, you just have to share it with Peter Lynn. Good luck! :devil:

#57197 PORTSMOUTH 2009

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 25 August 2009 - 01:01 AM

Blimey.. 15 minute slots ... could be challenging for all teams / groups involved! :wacko:

Ah well, we shall enjoy... see you guys down there!


Yep but we get three slots a day and those 15 minutes will certainly feel long if there is no wind! Who wants to volunteer to run 360's this year? I promise not to make you do it with the stacks.

#53759 Help choosing my second Rev

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 30 June 2009 - 11:45 AM

Hi Chris and welcome to the forum.

My team has just got the new Blasts having flown the SLE/Rev 1.5 for 10 years straight. The new kite is aptly named and is reall great fun to fly. It may well be the thing you are looking for. It is a little (and I do mean that) more precise than the shockwave but if you want pure precision then the Barresi is the kite to get, however it flies in a really light wind and because of it's size it retains a good feel on the lines. I already love this kite and we are now working on some new moves to fly in team so we are still playing with the possibilities. It sounds like this could be the kite for you if you fly mainly on your own. oh and in a big wind this kite will give you plenty of excitement!

If you were looking to start flying with other Rev fliers (and you should seriously try and do this) then you need to get a 1.5 of some sort.

I hope this helps but it's probably best to make it along to a kite festival and chat to some other fliers first. Brighton is 11th 12th July and Dunstable the following Sunday. After that the next big event is probably Portsmouth the last August bank holiday weekend.


#52410 2009 Schedule for The Flying Squad

Posted by Stephen Hoath on 11 June 2009 - 03:01 AM

Anything happening in Southwest England on Saturday, June 27th? I have that day open during a week long business trip in England. Staying in Newbury, Berkshire. I know it's southwest of London.
Just asking. Thanks for any response.


There is nothing official on that weekend but it would be a pleasure to arrange a little fly-in. Maybe we can ask some of the locals to find us a nice field to play on. Will you have a car with you Steve?