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#84961 Kite Winders

Posted by Watty on 05 November 2011 - 06:16 PM

I can only imagine carrying a 24" winder in my pocket while flying.

#83708 Airline travel with Rev

Posted by Watty on 08 September 2011 - 05:44 PM


About to fly to Colorado for a couple of days. Might have some time to fly over there.
Problem is that I can pack the frame in my Checked bag, but the handles will not fit there (custom case).
Does anyone have experience with flying on commercial airline with Rev handles in the Carry-on bag?
They kinda look like a handgun. :)


Every time that I fly, I take my entire Rev Bag as a carry on. The only thing I remove are the kite stakes. I've been told that it won't fit on the airplane in some occasions, but they were always wrong. It has fit on every airplane I have been on, including the small propeller planes. TSA has never stopped me from carrying my rev bag on the plane. At most they have opened it up, and asked me what is inside.

#81630 next kite

Posted by Watty on 03 July 2011 - 01:05 PM

Getting a full vent will considerably increase your usable wind range. It will get you out flying much more often, especially if you visit other kite festivals in the area with different wind conditions.

As far as rods go, the only ones that I use are Race Rods, 3 wrap, and 4 wrap rods. The SLE is completely out of the picture for me. The rod is far too stiff for my liking. I would recommend getting a vented B-Series with the 3 and 4 wrap rods.

Just so we are on the same page, most rods are about 1/4 inch in diameter. SLE rods are 1/2 inch in diameter. There are 3 and 4 wrap SLE rods, but neither are used very often these day.

#81057 Cutting Rev Spars

Posted by Watty on 18 June 2011 - 06:57 PM

Watty, did you use a cut-off disc..................high speed ??

yes, and yes.

#78929 Revo Indoor Measuring 1.80m

Posted by Watty on 29 March 2011 - 09:21 AM

My revo Indoor Measuring 1.80m Crazy Drivers "
He has a way for clamping bars 8 and as Iboard creates.
For all the tricks he isfabulous, goodaccuracy.
it is very heavy flight, presence, and whenyou master it becomes formidable.
Iwould like to develop in the Revolution.
I do not do much in control that makes all my Revo.







Very inspirational


#76604 4th Annual West Coast Rev Clinic

Posted by Watty on 01 January 2011 - 05:44 PM

I plan on signing up monday !!!
I was wondering, Is 120' lines manditory ? (for this clinic)
I do not have any yet , but do plan on getting some !!!
(I have not needed them because I have no one local to fly with ! )
Thank you.....can't wait.........!! :rolleyes:

For the regular stuff, any usable line set will work fine. If you want to get into the team exercises, you will need 120' spectra lines. I believe Theresa from The Kite Shoppe will be there and ready to handle your kite shopping needs.

#72919 100 Rev fly at 2010 WSIKF (Aug 16-22)

Posted by Watty on 06 September 2010 - 07:25 AM

Breath dude!

It only looks difficult. Really, a lot of fun and not that bad getting through it. Give it 5 years to evolve and the skill to ramp up and I think then it will be amazing to be in and to watch it! This is just a baby step IMO of something bigger.


Haha! I love how this is coming from Bart! That is awesome! Actually doing it completely reversed his view on it. He sounds like the rest of us when we were trying to convince him to do it!

#72338 100 Rev fly at 2010 WSIKF (Aug 16-22)

Posted by Watty on 20 August 2010 - 08:39 PM

Here's a picture of the 8x8. Today's world record of 64 revolution kites in formation.
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#68346 100 Rev fly at 2010 WSIKF (Aug 16-22)

Posted by Watty on 13 April 2010 - 09:29 AM

I think that perhaps you are looking at this the wrong way, dare I say it, but I think you are taking it all way to seriously? A while back Felix kicked of a discussion about a proposed International Register of Maga-team Rev fliers. That may, or may not, still be on the cards, but it looks like John is running this show and I get the distinct impression that things are going to be run way more informally than "graded fliers".

From what I have read so far it doesn't look like this is going to be in the arena, this is just going to be a group if like minded mates playing on the beach. My advice would be go along to a few of the earlier "workshops" and give it a go, dip your toe in the water and see how it feels. If you still don't think you are up to it, have a word with someone you know and trust. Though it is my guess that the workshops will be used as informal auditions, and that those that are not up to the job, will get a discreet tap on the shoulder, way before they get a chance to do any serious damage.

Take a look in my sig line, "Rev Fliers Do it with Friends." go along and have fun with a few friends, okay a lot of friends, and break that record. I sure wish I was joining you.

Right on. We should remember that we are kite flyers. The majority of us are very laid back. If you are not ready for the mega fly it will be obviously apparent in smaller practice mega flies. Besides, if you aren't ready the worst that will probably happen is some lines will be twisted, and maybe break a rod or two. With the amount of experienced people that will be on the beach that can get out just about any tangle. If a rod breaks, I'm sure someone will have a spare. I have extras of everything but race rods, zen rods, 2 wrap and SLEs. And if no one has what I am missing, I'm sure Ben and Lolly will.

#68276 Low Wind Flyers

Posted by Watty on 11 April 2010 - 07:45 AM

Hi eishei,

I fly an unmodded full sail B-Series (with Race Rods) in anything from street kiting to around 9mph before I switch to a full-vent. A big part of what keeps me flying in low/no wind days is my 90# x 30' line set. A 50' line set will work great as well. I wouldn't recommend using 50# line though. The 50# can get itself into knots a bit easier than the 90# line. Plus, if you were to go with the 90# not only can you use it in light wind, but whenever you are short on space.

The largest contributer to light wind flying is practice. It takes quite a bit of technique, and that is what will make the difference. If you are a subscriber to kitelife.com, John B. has a great light-wind tutorial showing some light-wind techniques to get you started.

#67729 Leading edge mesh durability & Race Rods

Posted by Watty on 30 March 2010 - 08:21 AM

After five years of flying, I have never had this kind of damage, I almost always use Race Rods. What I believe causes this damage is the tight rolling when packing the kite, and the way you fold the kite when you take it down. Here are some tips to avoid it.

1. When taking down the kite, separate the leading edge spars roughly 2 inches apart leaving some extra space in the fold. This way, the kite is not going to be folded on the same exact spot every time.

2. Before rolling the kite up, place the two vertical spars on top of the leading edge. This will add a bit of structure to the the mesh area, and will add some thickness to the start of the roll, making it more difficult to roll too tightly.

3. Roll the kite up loosely.

After doing this for five years, I have never had a problem with the leading edge mesh.

#63227 Shoutbox

Posted by Watty on 26 December 2009 - 11:34 PM

Another thought came to mind, and I wonder if it is 'reasonably possible' to setup the shout box so that the newest posts appear at the bottom? The reason I ask this, is that in order for me to scroll down, after reading the shout box, I have to move my mouse over to the side of the shout box before I use the mouse wheel to scroll down, other wise, it ends up scrolling down through the shout box instead of the forum Index. If the order of posts was switched, then the shout box would already be scrolled all the way down, and this would no longer be an issue.