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#96062 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 13 February 2015 - 08:08 AM

Cool -- Rev looks great, field looks great. Let the fun begin. As a famous sea captain once said, " ... I have not yet begun to smile." Or something like that. Much more fun, coming to your neighborhood soon!


I know how much you want to rock and roll, but practice very basic moves first, each time you fly. You must have a good foundation on which to build every thing else you can do with a Quad-Line kite. Saving the fun stuff until you've practiced will give you more control and even more fun. Fly straight up, keeping the kite balanced, and then back it down to a landing. Do this at least ten times. Next, go up and turn towards the ground, fly towards the ground as slowly as you can without wobbling too much. Do this at least ten times. Launch and practice turns by flying figure-eights. Do at least ten. Practice holding your kite motionless in all positions, ten reps, woven in between the other things you are practicing. 


When you've done 100 of each you will have pretty good control of your kite, and will have a decent inverted hover. That is accomplished by turning towards the ground at the top, (item two in the paragraph above), and flying towards the ground as slowly as you can, trying for slower each time. Trust me, do this 100+ times and you will have an inverted hover.


Practice these basics each time you fly, several times if wind and time allow, and you'll be flying like a Pro in no time. DO NOT PRACTICE for more than 30 minutes without taking a break and goofing around -- don't overthink what you are doing, try to feel what the kite and wind want to do. You can't control the wind, but you CAN adjust the sails.


Most of all, smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe. Remember, we have cookies.

#96057 Short lines for a beginner?

Posted by makatakam on 12 February 2015 - 04:47 PM

80 feet is actually mid-longish....120 feet and up is long; I have flown on 250 feet, however, at that length you give the kite input and three seconds later it reacts. It's like flying slow-motion. 120 feet is the accepted team standard around the world, so it would be good to have a set if you care to fly with others. You can fly with others on 80-foot lines too. 30-foot lines would be difficult, at least, and give you a faster kite moving very quickly in a very small window. 80-footers are not bad to learn on. I did it, so can you. It helps you stop making mistakes faster, and when you get on the 120's you'll feel like you've got all day to make a decision. Don't try  to learn on 30's, you'll just break the kite.

#96038 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 10 February 2015 - 04:55 AM

Difficult to break one tube in shipment without damaging all or some of the others. Check the rest of the tubes closely for any splintering. Once the force of the wind pushes on the sail, any splintered tube will break immediately, and possibly poke a hole in the sail. Gently twist each tube by grabbing one end in each hand and apply some torque. If you hear and/or feel any "crunching" it is broken.


Glad you got your new kite, sorry about the break. It looks good as does your new avatar, although I kind of got used to your old one.

#96013 Short lines for a beginner?

Posted by makatakam on 06 February 2015 - 06:02 PM

Use the longer lines until you no longer crash. When you are about to crash, throw your arms towards the kite and move your body forward to reduce the severity of the impact. Learn to hit the bottom (brake) lines hard to avoid hitting the ground really hard. The kite will handle most crashes, but enough force can cause damage.

#96005 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 05 February 2015 - 04:46 PM

Congratulations -- fly, smile and don't forget to breathe.

#95998 Ground stake at the beach

Posted by makatakam on 03 February 2015 - 07:06 PM

A thin metal stake does fine, if it's long enough. If the sand is dry it may move in very strong wind. Fourteen inches or so is usually enough. The wind near the ground is normally weaker than it is 10 feet up, usually about 15-20%. It's mostly a matter of common sense; if it feels like the kite will pull it out, it probably will. I've used pointed sticks when I had to. Some people just shove the bottom tips of the handles into the sand. I've done that also, although it does put extra wear on your lines and leaders.

#95990 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 02 February 2015 - 05:49 PM

Stick with what you decided to do. There are so many variations that I could write a 100-page description of the possibilities, that, at this point, would only confuse or discourage you. The direction you originally took after reading the advice given here will serve you very well at this time. As you become more familiar with the kite's performance characteristics, and gain the confidence that comes with "time-on-the-lines", you will be able to make decisions that apply to your geographical location and preferred style. Stick to the basics for now, the search for perfection will never end. (Ask John Barresi; I believe he will concur.)

#95965 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 30 January 2015 - 05:31 AM

The three stages of flying a quad-line or dual-line kite are:


1. The kite flies you.

2. You fly the kite.

3. You and the kite fly together.


Most of us are still working to achieve step 3. We feel it every now and then, but it comes and goes.

#95930 Another newbie

Posted by makatakam on 07 January 2015 - 10:43 AM

I recommend you do your lines outdoors over grass, unless the shop floor is spotlessly clean and there are no protrusions to snag up upon.

#95870 Global Rev Count.

Posted by makatakam on 26 December 2014 - 06:50 PM

makatakam +2 (14)    


Two line art (spirograph), one Rainbow Radical and one Red/White/Black. Both are sweeeeet! Will post pics in Rev Pics topic as soon as I can get some good photos of them.




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#95869 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by makatakam on 26 December 2014 - 06:46 PM

Patience will get you an extra frame -- it's worth the wait. The extra frame will give you a broader range of wind in which you can fly comfortably. In the meantime, you can try to locate the other Rev flyers nearest to you. We're all a friendly bunch, and I'm sure they'll let you fly theirs until yours arrives.

#95857 What's the difference?

Posted by makatakam on 25 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

Here's a photo of my Super Blast taken by basicbill. I'll post a better shot when I can.


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#95771 Bungee to Sail & Endcap Mods

Posted by makatakam on 10 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

Not even going to go there!!!  ani_giveup.gif


Wayne, I can cut up your new indoor so you can fly it by just twitching your fingers! You want me to give it a try? cup_1st.gif

#95765 Bungee to Sail & Endcap Mods

Posted by makatakam on 09 December 2014 - 07:00 PM

Bumping this one just to say that these mods have been working now for three years, with only two failures. One with the washer/flame style and one with the metal crimp style. The failures both times were where the button allowed the bungee to slip through, no damage to sail material (which is what I definitely wanted to avoid). Both failures occurred while teaching new flyers, with typical new flyers' hard impact on grass. Intermediate-and-up flyers should have no problems, barring any SEVERE impact.

#95725 A good day to Quad....

Posted by makatakam on 30 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

Fly often. Make sure you go fly with the intent to improve one thing each time, repeat, repeat, repeat. Goof around for while, then go back to that one thing and repeat, ..............go home and watch some of John's tutorial videos. Pick the thing you want to learn next time. Write it down. Put the paper in your wallet.


Repeat, repeat, repeat. Fly with others if you can. Drive as far as necessary. You will not be disappointed, and that silly grin will stay on your face for weeks. It will drive all those you know crazy, trying to figure out why you're so happy.


Repeat, repeat, repeat.