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      Greetings, we've received notice of a few forum members soliciting other users for specifications on some of the Revolution kites... Please be advised, any such confirmed activity will result in immediate suspension of forum privileges. Making your own Rev style kite for artisitic purposes is admirable, but directly copying the patterns in use will not be encouraged here.

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    2012 events, provisional list

    By Felix

    Oh well, another year! <grins> Nothing is confirmed, as yet. 1st January 2012 12-16/04/2012 Berck-Plage, France 21/04-29/05/2012 Cervia, Italy 05-07/05/2012 Weymouth 26-27/05/2012 Exmouth
    25-27/08/2012 Portsmouth Margate
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  • West Australian

    Flight Log and Thoughts about My Rev Kit.

    By West Australian

    No Arvo Flight Yesterday, Responsibilities are beginning to creep in on my flying time Well I Joined up to KiteLife… Very Happy about that. I feel that the Contribution that KiteLife makes to the Community needs to be supported. And all those Sweet Tutorials are Pretty good too I have been Downloading them onto My Ipod Touch. To Paraphrase SparkieRob, I have a John Barresi In my Pocket. This morning was nice, Light to Moderate winds when I set up the STD with 3 Wrap and 80# lines I got in about an hour of Side Slides and Hover Position Practice. Also doing some Power Dives too, that sudden stop is so sweet. I was about to pack up when the wind dropped right down, A smile came across my face as I remembered my recently created 50# X 50’ lines. Away went the regular lines, Out came the 50’s, Frame change on the standard to 2 wrap all round. In under 5min I was ready to go. My First though when I was standing there, handles at the ready, “Hey the Rev Looks bigger up closer” Then it was only a matter of remembering all the Light Wind and Sail Loading stuff from John’s vids.... With A couple of Refresh looks at the Vids (Go go Pocket JB!) I was away. I was able to Power up to a good height with 4 steps backwards and do Inverted Glides with 9 steps forward. Easily making up Ground.. Yeh! I got the Side-Side climb going a few times too. All in about 3-5km/h (2-3mph) Ok not super light but Much lighter than my Previous flying efforts. Awesome Morning. Two Great winds. I would like to take a moment to talk about my Rev Kit. I Have: B Series Blue/Black STD (3 Wrap) B Series Purple/Black VTD (4 Wrap) 2 Wrap Frame Second 3 Wrap frame 2 x Standard Handles with the B series Leaders 50# x 50’ Lines 80# x 85’ LPG Lines 150# x 85’ LPG lines 2 x Weight sets for the B’s Golf Ball stake (Given to me by SparkieRob, thanks again) (Soon a Mid vent Lime/Black will pop itself in there on the spare 3 wrap, Sail only on the way) All of this is kept in a Hard case from a Dual line kite I have had for ages. One thing that is awesome about this is, I can fly with my Kit slung across my back like a quiver. I even have my Wind meter on the Strap. I can walk around as I fly without needing to stay close to my stuff. If anyone needs the Area I am in I can walk the kite elsewhwer and not need to go back for anything. I highly recommend keeping your kit easily portable if you can. Of course if You bring a dozen Rev kites with you that’s great too. WA
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  1. The day had started with clear blue sky but a dense layer of low cloud formed before we set off from Hackney.  This cloud layer gradually broke up in the SW breeze and later in the day there was plenty of sunshine.

    Full vented kites with race rods were only occasionally slightly underpowered.  We were talking again today about the merits of a mid vented sail and the cost of getting a team set for the rare occasions when they would be needed.

    Doubling up the the music playing device worked very well today once the technical issues were resolved finally.  Martin has the reserved ‘seat’, of course…

    When it is working the web cam at Berck streamed via You Tube is very good.  I hope that it will be in place for the kite event in April next year!  A two hour window should work very well…

    Felix

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    Good evening folks,

    I am new to this forum and would sismply like to introduce myself. My name is John and I live in Akron, Ohio. I started to get interested

    in kites and other wind driven things about seven years ago when I had a sudden idea about flying kites. The more I let my imagination

    run the more I came up with new ideas and I began to visualize about different designs and ways of catching the wind with kites.

    One of the designs I imagined was to fly them at night and soon after that I received a package in the mail about patenting

    a product or invention and decided to move forward so I filled out the information on my idea and within a few months I

    was applying for a patent on my idea. Since then I created a folder to keep my ideas and designs in a safe place.

    I joined this community to perhaps find some other folks who share my interests in kites and would love to connect.

    I'm keeping this brief so any comments are greatly appreciated.

    Peace

    John

  2. Roofs account for one third of all homeowner’s insurance claims. It’s not too surprising when you consider that your roof is the first line of defense between your home and the elements. Unlike the other parts of your home, your roof is exposed to the elements 24/7. Rain, snow, wind, and even the sun’s rays are wearing down your roof over time.

    Problems with your roof affect more than just your roof. Water that can get inside your home can cause costly damage to your ceilings, walls, floors, and personal belongings. Water can even find its way into your home’s electrical system and cause power outages. Wherever water is, mold can begin to grow which poses a health risk to anyone in the home.

    All of these roofing problems have one thing in common: they can be avoided. By having your roof regularly inspected, you can catch problems before they become serious. By fixing those problems early you can avoid a lot of the expensive damage these problems can cause.

    When to inspect your roof

    Most people only think about inspecting the roof on two occasions: first when buying a home and second when selling a home. These are definitely good times to inspect the roof but it shouldn’t be the only times. In fact, most roofing experts recommend having your roof inspected twice a year with the ideal times being right before winter and again right afterwards. Having your roof inspected after a particularly bad storm is always a good idea as well.

    Who should do the inspection?

    You should be in the habit of periodically checking out your roof. Some roofing problems, such as cracked, curling, and missing shingles are easy to spot from the ground. This type of informal roof inspection can be performed any time without even having to get up on your roof. Simply walk around your home looking for signs of obvious roof damage. You can also observe your roof from the second story if you have a two-story home.

    These informal roof inspections are not a substitute for a professional roof inspection however. Professional roofers know the signs to look for that the untrained eye would miss. They also have the proper training and safety equipment to get up on the roof and take a closer look without risking injury. Most roofers offer free roof inspections so there’s no reason to risk your own safety doing it yourself.

    What the roof inspector will look for

    In addition to looking out for the obvious signs of damage to your roofing material, the inspector will also look at the flashing. The flashing is a metal layer that is under the shingles on the vulnerable parts of your roof. They will also look at the roof’s structure itself making sure there is no sagging. Finally, most roofers will take a look at the rain gutter system as well to make sure it’s securely attached and in good shape.

    Home improvement news brought to you by bartonroof.com

    Source: networx.com/article/what-every-homeowner-should-know-about-r

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    Hi all I'm getting the hang of these kites now folks they are awesome, great fun. I've just bought another one but it needs a few parts to get it 100% where's the best place to get spares.

    Thanks.

    Royboy.

  3. Hello my fellow dark siders.

    It's been a while since my last entry. Well what can i say.

    Just over 10 months since my first quad line flight. I did improved a lot (i guess), it just needs a fair bit of fine tuning that will last a lifetime.....

    A bit late, but i did my first real steps in team flight on the "just-4-fun" recipe and indeed it's so much fun.

    A big thx to Roelof and Will for their big effort in spreading "the virus" :)

    I must admit, it's the next step in the learning curve and a quit addictive one too.

    What a great way to meet in my case, friendly people, empty the mind, enjoying nature in a active way.

    No it's not a fase... It's an discovery i treasure.

    Fair winds.

    Nathan

  4. West Australian
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    I Hope everyone is having a great start to the new year.

    I am getting back out there and flying.

    Holiday Flying:

    Well I actually got a chance to fly twice in my 2 week Christmas Holidays.

    MGower was out there with me both times, always great company.

    Both times were super light winds. SparkieRob had his Rev Indoor outdoors on the day he joined me.

    Even though conditions were light it was great to get out there.

    Back into It:

    I am going to do something different to cover my First week back. Because each day had very similar conditions and the same kites were flown in them I will give the general mood of the week and point out the highlights.

    Each morning I hit the field about 5am and stayed there till about 8am. The Flying week started on Tuesday, as Monday was still part of my Holidays. MGower joined me on field every morning. We got in about 12 hours of field time, and got to fly a selection of kites day. Does it get any better than that?

    Every day was Zero to Very light wind at the start, but after about an hour the breeze would start up. Enough for the Zen and the SUL. This would slowly build more, and change direction to give us enough to fly the Standard Rev B’s.

    It was very interesting conditions. With the slow build up each day, it meant there were no sudden changes that had to be dealt with. It was a slow predictable build with not many gusts. The First day was a little worrying. The wind was almost non-existent, but as it built up, the kites and our spirits rose.

    Each following morning was started off on Gliders, but the Zen and SUL were staked out in preparation for the winds to come. As the winds picked up I would take turns on MGower’s Zen and my SUL. I find them to be very interesting together. The Zen is a little easier for me to float in the lighter winds but it stears a bit slower than the SUL. Feeling the difference in performance between the 2 light wind Revs each day was very interesting. The light winds push my skill to keep the Rev moving slowly and carefully, to just keep flying. I do get tired with light wind flying after a while so It was good that the wind offered more every day.

    When the wind got high enough the Standard B’s were brought out onto the field. There really only was just enough wind to keep the Standard Rev Sail full. It was good though, Floating and Catch & Throw were the order of the day.

    One of the days we busted out the Masterpiece kites. These kites of MGower’s are awesome. They can be a bit visually distracting though. I caught myself just watching the Sizzle hover.

    I went a bit crazy on friday and flew the Rev 1 instead of my B series.

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    It was a great week, of mild wind and excellent company.

    Thanks for reading, comments are appreciated (they are my reward for all that typing)

  5. Greetings,

    Always encourage to read along with music:

    https://soundcloud.com/koan-sound/starlite

    1 - this is my first blog entry.

    I've been managing my newly founded Revolution dealership for almost two months now. Blog entries are placed monthly as to note the most important stuff that got studied. Since the first month was all planning and only in the second we received our first 15 kites, i'll start this log from the month we were actually able to fly. A logo for our dealership was created, as well as a facebook page. Also, a picture of me and my sister Christina when the kites arrived to our headquarters.

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    2 - my first week's observations on the new sport, were that special care should be taken while choosing the ground and wind style when flying our kites.

    Noted how easily lines can get tangled in random plants around and how turbulent air can make the experience difficult on a kite flying above it's wind speed limit with gusts. Also tested the kite along with an r/c athlete in my country and see how well he manages to understand and evolve on the procedure. All well there as he was very interested and excited on the kite! Dimitris is the first for my eyes to see to get the handle on a Rev.

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    3 - second week was about starting a catalogue on several models, a photoshooting and first video while also check the posibility of forming a pre-order period.

    The catalogue was loaded in the schedule, while the pre-order plan was dropped as the economy in the country is weird enough and we don't want to obligate people in stress by collecting advances. The style of dealeship will be catalogue orders for a start, until our eshop is set. Also we introduced ourselves to two aeromodelism forums plus a kiting forum. This attracted good attention from people in the r/c field and 2line delta kiters. A short photoshooting session as we flew posted in this album. Our images are free licensed for everyone that wants them to use. Ask for high definition.

    4 - third week we sold our first kite! another video and meeting nice people!

    A Rev 1.5 SLE, to the head of a local aeromodelism club here in greece. This man was very educated and we made sure to his best service. Also, towards the end of the week we had a kite day with a local 2line delta stunt kite flier. This experience was great, as we flew our kites for many hours in great wind, we both enjoyed our relative sports by switching kites. Later on, I was invited to his house for food and drink. Great day with John! Also I contacted mr Peter Walter Maternus (PAW) to explain some customising on his revolution kite and he was of great help!

    5 - fourth week we approached another local 2line stunt kite dealer that owns an eshop as well as a forum on kiting.

    With Konstantin's first help, we now found an official greek forum to host a new quadline kiting category and formed a new alliance to the one and only 'all things kite' forum that operates in the country. Also we made a new acquaintance with a kite surfer and meeting is planned. Also, as a fresh idea, we approached a puppeteer theatre to find some new introductions, as we had the idea of checking the possibility of puppeteers working as choreographers in quadline kiting.

    6 - this pretty much rounds it up.

    The plans on the next month include the completion of the catalogue, pricelist and lookout for people that can add up to the sport or it's promotion. Also expecting the phone to get a few rings on new orders! Fingers crossed!

    - Outro.

    I published for the first time, after a being a photographer for so long, a proper selfie. No more punk stuff from the bathroom, I promise.

  6. It may be the weather (endless rain, cold howling wind or no wind) or it may be exhaustion (on-going basement renovation, garage being built and more landscaping using up every spare minute of my days) but lately I've found it extremely difficult to even work up the desire to put a kite in the air let alone actually do it.

    I went out once in the usual crappy breeze for about an hour and really felt no love for it. I was just doing the motions, in a swarm of mosquitoes, planning what I had to do next when I got home.

    Our local kite festival is coming up in days. It's normally my favourite local event. This year it feels like an obstacle in the way of more important tasks and I'm already planning how I can minimize time there to maximize time elsewhere.

    WSIKF is a real dilemma for me. It is 11 days out of my life when travel time is accounted for and it's just two months away. Even worse than sticking to my plans and going is going only to find I'm there is body only, not spirit or mind. I could easily end up resenting the whole festival especially if a perfect storm situation evolves with bad weather and general lack of enthusiasm from me. That is not a winning combination.

    Am I alone feeling this way? Does anyone else ever get to this state? What do you do? I must assume rolling up the kite bag and shoving it to the back of the closet is not the answer or you wouldn't be reading this in the first place.

    For me flying is 90% a solo activity. I've beat the drum to death trying to get even one more local person interested in flying. It's not going to happen and I've accepted that if I continue I will need to continue doing this by myself.

    Yes, there are the two festivals a year I had counted on as a boost, but at the end of the day I'm still out standing in a park on my own with horrid winds. Not very social and not a whole lot of fun after having a taste of team flying and good winds the previous two years.

    So sadly this may be the end of it for me. The sport is on life support. I'm not sure how much time to give it before pulling the plug. Maybe I'm not a kite guy anymore or maybe I never was to begin with.

    Bart

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    Exercise: that thing on our to-do list every single day that so rarely gets checked off. When we do finally find time to do it, we want to make the most of it and often neglect an important step of the workout routine: stretching. According to Reuters, "experts say . . . stretching can help you sharpen your performance, prevent injury, improve your posture and even boost your mood." You wouldn't start driving your car without putting its tires on-the same theory applies here. Locate the article here: http://naturesbalance.com/3030/stretching/

    Two ways of stretching

    Don't worry; stretching doesn't have to take up an enormous part of your workout time. Five to ten minutes before and after your workout is all you need. There are type types of stretching for you to choose from-static and dynamic. Reuters describes these thus: "A static stretch is essentially a stretch held in one position; dynamic stretching involves active movements." So a static stretch might involve touching your toes for 30 seconds and a dynamic stretch might mean jumping jacks or shoulder rotations.

    Secure and effective stretching

    Just be sure that whenever you stretch, you do not push your body further than it can go. Jessica Mathews of the American Council on Exercise states for stretches to be "safe and effective, they should be held only to the point of tension-never to the point of pain." Also, you need to never bounce during your static stretching. According to the Mayo Clinic, this may trigger small tears in the muscle. You should also be careful for those who have a chronic condition that may be exacerbated by stretching-talk to your doctor for questions on what kinds of stretching would work best for you.

    Sources

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/30/us-fitness-stretching-idUSTRE80T0IM20120130

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/HQ01447/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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    Laurel of MelnSct
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    I had some cumputer isues and haven't been on in awhile...I'm on my dad's cumputer now and probly won't be able to update this much...Anyway. I'm selling braclets and if anyone wants one I'll be at wskf.

    For now (or awhile) I'm sining off...

  7. Just got home from MI kitefest nice to see some old friends. And new ones had a gret time.

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    I was chatting about this with another member and now I'm curious. For those of you with a set of Revs... are they matching sets? For example, if you own a B-Series set of standard, mid vent, and full vent sails, etc... are they the same color scheme or is each a different pattern? Do you ever regret not matching things up, or do you embrace variety?

    Source: How many of you have matching Revs?

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    syntaks
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    You go out to fly. There's great wind, so you get out your gear, run the lines, assemble and attach your kite...

    You get back and pick up the handles...

    ...and the wind dies. :kid_cussing:

    Does this ever happen to you? It happens almost every day to me. It is the Anch-Morpork wind on average. I've often considered simply camping out and catching that 6am wind that always happens. In the Summer here that's not so bad, because we have the 24-hour sunlight ... but the Winter isn't quite the same.

    I still have to convince my better 3/4 that there IS a reason I do this every day. She knows that but often forgets. ;)

    --TaK

  8. It's been a busy few weeks. Our house buying adventure is nearing the end (oops... should I touch wood now?) and we're seriously starting to clear out random crap we've accumulated over the years. It doesn't leave much space for flying, but I wasn't going to miss meeting up with the guys (and Tine!) at Stokes Bay on Sunday. As everyone on the forum is probably aware by now, it was Mr. Git's birthday and he was bringing his new Shockwave to test. But more than that, it was an opportunity to get together and get some much needed team flying practice in. I should point out, it's not them that need practice, it's me!

    Much fun was had, many doughnuts were eaten and we even got round to some flying. This is the second time I tried some team flying and I still can't get over how different it is. It's not just the fact that you're sharing the sky - that doesn't seem to be the problem, really. What throws me is that the wind is different and the kite behaves in unexpected ways. Or more so than when I'm on my own. And as someone pointed out, it really highlights just how poor control you have because the team is a good point of reference. You notice so much more if you're suddenly gently drifting out of place. Or that the whole team is waiting for you to get in the correct position. You can take your time when you're on your own, you can try and position the kite "just so" forever and a day, but when you're with the team that lack of control really shows.

    Team flying also highlighted the fact that I tend to fly too fast. I mean, I kind of know that I often finish a maneuver quickly because I lack control. I just hope I can finish something before I crash. On my own I suppose I'm just happy I did something at all, where as with the others I try to match speed and crash. Well, most of the times when doing the whole "follow the leader" thing. Um. That was quite embarrasing, really, because I actually practiced the infinity loop on my own and thought I was really good at it. I was SO pleased how nice and even I could make it. I'm not sure is it just that the team flies slower or that I panic or ... don't know. Les says I have to remember to breathe. I think part of it is I try and think about what I need to do (because I'm panicking) rather than just fly by feel, which is what I normally do.

    So. I've got a whole list of things I need to practice before we get together again. It all really boils down to slowing down A LOT with everything I do. And more practice with inverted flying and hovers. And downward diagonals. Slooooowly. Oh, and Benefits turns. Up is relatively easy, but down is a real pain. So... I suppose I could schedule another meeting with the guys in about 3 years time, when I'm ready to extend my list.

  9. Well as I gear up for Lincoln City I just wonder what the cards hold in store for me this year there, I always have fun there and it's

    just a cool place to fly........ B) Plus for some reason the people there love me, must be my magnetic personality....... :blink: So

    this year is going to be pretty special for many reasons, so yeas Family I am ready...... :blue-cool: :blue-cool: Ben

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    Learning to fly blog....

    link to my edit and more

  10. It's Thanksgiving Day, we've been fed and it was time for a nap, however I decided I wanted a little time with my new Mesh Rev. The winds had been around 20 mph for at least an hour and I wanted some air time. I grabbed my photographer and headed down to the beach. I was a bit uneasy with the gustiness of the breeze, however I figured the "ventedness" of this kite would do okay. Elliot Shook, the maker of this kite says the total "vented" area is the same as that of a B-series, however, the vents are spread around the kite with equal spacing.

    I'm not sure what I was really expecting, but I was totally amazed from my first launch. Smooth as silk, control - wow, I couldn't believe the control. Maybe it was the wind at my back that lead to my unsure expectations, wow, did say that before?

    I live inland and I very infrequently have laboratory grade winds, I have learned to fly with winds that are frequently crap. Suddenly I had almost perfect control, suddenly everything was easy, suddenly I felt like I had "the touch".

    I have flown dualies for over 6 years and Rev's for over 2 years. I have reasonable control with Rev's, not the greatest, but I can keep it from mowing people down and crashing every few seconds. I'm not ready to fly with iQuad, I'd like to join in on a mass fly someday, someday is a ways off.

    But today, it was pure nirvana. A real confidence builder, sort of an epiphany moment so to speak.

    Now for the thank you's!

    Thanks Elliot for a very really fine, well built kite. Wonderful design and thanks for working with me on the color scheme.

    Thanks to Dave Shenkman, I just reviewed "Rev it Up - Advanced Style", I was ready to "own my hover".

    Thanks to Revolution for working with artisans outside their shop to bring in some really fine kites beyond the Rev brands. I really love my B-series and my Rev 1's, but today I had a special moment with a very fine kite.

    And to Lolly for a special set of handles. (more on my "soft-touch" handles at a later date.)

    After all it is thanksgiving.

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    :blue-grin: Ok , started this blog today.

    Nice to share things with you.

    My Name is Marc van der Graaf, i am 40 years old as i write this

    I live in the Netherlands in the nice town called Wijchen.

    I am married to Irma and i am father of 2 children, my daughter Floor ( 7 years now) and my son Jelle (2 years now)

    I started flying revs in the summer of 2007.

    1,5 years later i can say i've had so much nice experiences with quad flying i have to admit i am a total addict now !!!

    Just some highlights:

    - Summer 2007 : Started flying Revs :w00t:

    - Christmas 2007 : Joined Team Time Out (Dutch Rev-Team) :)

    - Competed S.T.A.C.K-competition this year

    - Won my first S.T.A.C.K - match this year ;)

    - Invited for S.T.A.C.K-Eurocup in Scheveningen/Holland and finished 9th ! (as a Rookie.....not 2 bad :kid_devlish: )

    - Visited a lot of great festivals this year : Oostende, Berck sur Mer, Bristol, Scheveningen etc.

    - Met so much great people: Team4Fun, Crazy Drivers, iQuad, Flic, Flying Squad, Decorators, Too much Fun, Ephemere,

    Team Bolau, Ben D'antonio, Joe Hadzicki, and so much more .......

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