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#96409 add reverse to speed up?

Posted by kwmf on 11 May 2015 - 12:04 AM

I fly my Flexifoil power kites with brake tension like my revs. Any 4 line kite will have more control with tension on all 4 lines

#96405 add reverse to speed up?

Posted by kwmf on 07 May 2015 - 07:51 AM

Much easier to back off an inch (MAYBE two) from my setup when I give them the handles and not say a word.


When you start, everything is just as 'difficult' and anything else since it's a new skill .... teach them correctly from the start.


The only time anyone has struggled with this is due to low wind (and slacking brake will further reduce pressure/control) and I generally have people flying unassisted within the hour.

#96119 Too many mind

Posted by kwmf on 24 February 2015 - 06:03 AM

Well I wasn't listening to that specific track at the time (I was listening to the album it's on) so nothing wrong with that.


That session was actually riddled with errors if I'm honest and they jump out at me in this video ... but I do tend to be critical of myself. If you watch me during this video you'll even see there are times that I look away from the kite while flying .... I was very distracted at this point and I was just letting the camera run while I flew.


I learned a few things about camera setup and methods that day, so hopefully I can get a better result next time where I can fly with my usual levels of precision and authority.

#96059 Short lines for a beginner?

Posted by kwmf on 12 February 2015 - 10:55 PM

My latest video was on 30' lines ....totally possible. Most of JB's recent solo videos were also 30' length as well.


I find 80' to be a good length to work on if you're flying solo and learning.


Where I am, space limits us to 50' almost all the time. One could go longer, but you will have no space to use footwork, can fall down a steep bank formed by the ocean, can overfly fences, dunes (with vegetation) or other hard objects or end up in the surf zone itself looking for space. It's possible with control, but not practical for learning and requires too much focus away from the flying itself.

#96047 Too many mind

Posted by kwmf on 11 February 2015 - 01:56 AM

For those who haven't seen this on Facebook...


#95798 Ben's Farewell

Posted by kwmf on 16 December 2014 - 12:29 AM

Threr cheers for Ben...

#94943 Reaching Out.......

Posted by kwmf on 15 May 2014 - 11:45 PM

If anyone wants to sponsor me a flight there and back I'll be glad to help ;)

#94851 Quad sticks

Posted by kwmf on 28 April 2014 - 11:06 PM

I feel the same way after putting quad sticks on two of my revs.  No death spins, inverted from ground to top. What a joy.


Personally I had no issue with either once my hands learned the required control ... but better a kite that you can fly than one you're frustrated with :)

#94802 Ben says: Im really liking this design......

Posted by kwmf on 15 April 2014 - 09:45 PM

What NOT to fly with a hangover ... LOL

#94650 New Rev ninja in training

Posted by kwmf on 18 March 2014 - 10:07 PM


That's about the most 'serious' team flying she's done so far. We were doing some of that for about 5-10 minutes before and had just taken a break when I was hijacked and asked to talk to the camera. When I was asked if we could fly for them I went over to Janine, put my hand on her shoulder and said we need to do that again for the camera and just kept walking to the handles. She was 2 steps behind me with no hesitation just like I knew she would be ... that girl is rarely afraid to jump in the deep end. 


We kept it simple and did a lot of repetition so they could could take the best shots in post production. For less than 2 months and no serious team flying before I say she did fantastically well. What isn't on camera is that she is already holding inverted hovers and I have her doing precision tip landings on my hand and a few other things well beyond her flight hours.




Well 3 is the magic number where I can start forming a ball and lines, etc for people to see ... so hopefully this snowball starts to pick up speed. The hard part is dealing with the exchange rate when it comes to getting people involved. Once someone is hooked on a hobby then they generally understand and accept spending more money, but it's that initial commitment that is always hard. Take a look at the exchange rate at http://www.xe.com/cu...&to=ZAR&view=2Y and you will see how it's becomming more and more expensive for people to make that jump.


I don't see it as any different to getting into golf or any other hobby, it's just that the initial step is getting very hard - especially since I need everything from standard to beyond xtra vent throughout the year. This is why I am looking to see what good value Revs are available for Janine - she puts in the effort and certainly deserves to be on her own set instead of borrowing mine.




Not yet .. but almost.


Johnny and I have our own gear .... Janine deserves her own gear .... Jacques has a B set but travels the country and specialises in power kites (but does practice Revs) and is based in Pretoria.


We're getting there though ... slowly but surely

#94631 New Rev ninja in training

Posted by kwmf on 17 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Now I just need to help her get her own set of Revs ... as finances allow with the exchange rate ... if anyone knows of some good deals on some Pros then let me know

#94629 New Rev ninja in training

Posted by kwmf on 17 March 2014 - 11:25 PM



#94487 Global Rev Count.

Posted by kwmf on 20 February 2014 - 11:00 PM

Roger that .... the ones for sale have already been spotted, but I'm running down all options and would always prefer to help fund someone on the forum



#94485 Global Rev Count.

Posted by kwmf on 19 February 2014 - 10:55 PM

Depending on what sails and condition, I may have a home for your spares ... got a new dark sider looking to get her own stuff and her sister is coming out from the UK in March and April.

#94480 New REV Indoor for Scott Weider

Posted by kwmf on 18 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

LOL ... that could go either way