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28 October 2009 - 03:19 PM

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Favourite panel layout so far

28 October 2009 - 03:08 PM

I just found this sail panel layout flown by The Flying Squad and think it's marvelous:
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It looks especially sharp on the 1.5s!

Who designed it?

Adding LE without screen... anybody tried it?

28 September 2009 - 10:04 AM

I've been digging around and haven't seen a single Rev without screen installed between the leading edge and the sail. Even photographs of the Neos Omega show screening; seems like this was a very early early design decision that has never changed.

Has anybody ever tried mounting their leading edge to their sail without using that 1 inch wide ventilated panel? What differences did it make in the kite?

Better than John Barresi !?!

25 September 2009 - 03:55 AM

Couldn't believe what I was watching...




Downwind Glides...

Javelin Tosses...

This young guy is one of the best I've ever seen and I couldn't wait to find out who he is...


Hello... and my first Rev flight

22 September 2009 - 05:00 PM

Hello everybody,

My name is John and I'm a kiteaholic.

[crowd: Hi John]

I've been flying for 47 days now.

[crowd: Good work, John]


But seriously folks...


I used to have a blast(!) flying kites from my youth late into my teens. My pal John Vann and I used to collect as much string as we could find and put our 5$ plastic deltas up as high as we could. Sometimes we'd barely see them, they were such little dots in the sky. My favorite was white and had a cartoony eagle printed on it with sharp claws outstretched to grab a dinner!

Since then, I've had the odd 10$ slk delta in the car with me and would occasionally enjoy them in the sky. They're pretty to look at, but not very interactive. I had no idea that 'sport' kiting had advanced so much in the last twenty years. When I'd last seen trick kites in the early 90s they were quite new and I imagine that the prices were sky high (I never asked).

Recently a good friend of mine let me try his Cherry Bomb dual line kite... I tried to resist the pull, but I was hooked pretty quick. Three weeks later I owned a std AcrobatX, followed by a Prism Snapshot 1.4 and a Silverr Fox 2.3 UL a month after that.

Today, I received my first Revolution 1.5 from Mark Lummas in CA and I was out in the field figuring it out after work and before dinner. Despite the nasty flies flocking around my head and darting into my eyes after the day's rain... despite the fact that I forgot my second set of 80 foot lines at home... despite the fact that I was pretty frazzled from a long weekend and a popped ball joint, 40 mile tow and ninety minutes of car work today... despite the fact that I only had two flights that lasted more than 15 seconds... I HAD A BALL !

I took the kite out after work tonight and had a an awesome great time with it. I even had a few straight up and down flights. Most of my flights, however, were perfect semi-circles up twenty feet and back down to earth on the leading edge twenty feet away... some to the right, some to the left. I don't want to over-analyze and I'm in no hurry to get better at this; I want to enjoy the journey and figure it out little by little. I know that once I understand this, I can never go back and relive these first few steps of the adventure.

I like how the kite comes down to earth with a much much softer thump than my two-line kites did at the beginning.

I can already use the brakes unevenly when the kite is resting LE down (yay, I figured that out!) and get it back on its tips... or fly it backwards a tiny bit if I go slowly.

Near the end of my evening's adventure, I started clamping the sides of my two thumbs together so that I wouldn't try to turn the kite by pulling back (like a dualie). It worked a little and I'm eager to get back out when there's time, energy, wind and daylight again.

Since I only had one set of lines, I tied two loops in each one offset from their midpoints by equal amounts and flew one line tied twice to the kite on each handle. I don't know if I should continue trying to learn using this 40 foot distance or get the two sets out and play at 80 feet as I learn... what do you all suggest?

If I could only get one video to learn the how-tos of starting... should I look for a copy of the DVD that ships with the 1.5 or is the Advanced Training DVD that comes with the B series kites simple enough for a complete newb? I'm thinking about how I'm going to introduce my wife to four-line flying in the near future (she's not mechanically minded so I need to describe things to her in an easy day-to-day manner) and the DVD should be able to help her when I'm not around.

Hope your day was as good as mine!

Bonjour from Montréal,