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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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13/04/2014 Olympic Park, East London

The London Marathon took over Blackheath today, hence the change of venue. The field to the west of the River Lea and the Velodrome is in the shadow of the media building but clear of obstructions in other directions. As luck would have it the NW breeze today was affected by thermals as well as the building so occasionally we were well and truly becalmed or subject to rolling turbulence and down draft which is not good when flying four line kites… That being said we had a relaxed couple of hours flying ahead of the events in the next few weeks. We will be at Berck Friday 18th – Sunday 20th April then at Cervia Thursday 24th April – Thursday 1st May and finally at Weymouth Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th May. I may decide to join Jacob’s SE London Cycle Group for a ride on Sunday 11th May which will be a c50 Mile ride for me just to keep in practice. I may be tempted to do the Dunwich Dynamo again this year… <grins> Felix

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06/04/2014 Blackheath

Another, post clock change, late start today. Heavy rain at about 8:30am didn’t exactly help matters. Soon after 11:00am the question was whether to go Xtra Vent with green race or Full Vent with 4 wrap. We went with the latter option and flew some slow, no calls, close, rolling patterns. The greening of the Greenwich Park trees was in contrast to the low grey clouds today. We’ll not be on Blackheath next weekend as the London Marathon takes over the whole site. We may go to Victoria Park or possibly the newly opened park on the Olympic site in the Lea Valley. Felix

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30/03/2014 Blackheath

Hazy and grey today with a variable light SE breeze. With the temperature hitting 20 degrees C it was almost T shirt weather. It certainly was a treat to fly the 1.5 full sails with Diamond Rods again today. The ‘two turn’ pull to the top of the window and the long, long downwind walk are just great. We dropped in and out of formal team flying as conditions dictated today and saw some fluent close form free flying albeit with the occasional snagged line or stalled sail. Sometimes it is possible to ‘catch’ the kite on the lines as it falls from the sky… A close family relative passed away early this morning so it has been a reflective day. Felix

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23/03/2014 Blackheath

I did get to Blackheath today but only to see if any of the team were still there. It appeared that the thundery showers had sent them packing. I was on my way home after taking part in a bicycle ride from SE23 (Devonshire Road Nature Reserve to be precise) on the 23rd March led by Jacob who had estimated the ride as 23 miles. It turned out to be 28 miles (with a coffee break in Orpington). My total for the day was 52 ¼ miles. The new set of wheels, a Genesis Equilibrium 20, worked a treat on this first longer trip. The daily commute in 2014 has been somewhat transformed. <grins> Felix

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16/03/2014 Blackheath

A sharp clear blue sky today, almost cloudless at c10:15, wind from WNW so the sun was not in the middle of the wind window. Similar temperature to last weekend but felt cooler occasionally given the relative direction of sun and wind. <grins> Mid vented with Race Rods only occasionally felt over powered. We took advantage of the mild conditions to do a kit check ahead of the Berck, Cervia and Weymouth events. Ferrules, spar sets, leading edge mesh and lines were reviewed and various components were set aside for further attention, as in TLC. Given that the main team kites arrived in 2008 they are still in very good shape. It appears that the Turkmenistan event will not happen in 2014. We also learned that Bristol will be a biennial event, next occurring in 2015. We may have to dream up some alternative ‘pop up’ events to fill the gaps! Super 16 anyone? Felix

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09/03/2014 Blackheath

Some of us didn’t quite manage to arrive at 10:00am but it was not by much <grins>. Who would not want to be out flying on this spring like day with the temperature approaching 20C? Vented kites with race rods worked for most of the session but we switched to full sails with race in order to do some ‘team’ flying including the six person ‘sprocket’. (Rowan was the exception here, he just flew his mid-vent with race) The sunny conditions meant that there were plenty of visitors to the Heath and we frequently had appreciative audiences. A slightly early close today as Maggie had to prepare for an event at Hackney Attic; The Second Sunday Salon… Felix

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02/03/2014 Blackheath

It was bright to start c11:45am but the low cloud gradually thickened and the variable breeze rose incrementally. Xtra Vent kites again but because of the lulls we went for green race which mostly coped except for some of the more sustained gusts. The GB Foreign Office and USA State Department seem to be in concert regarding Turkmenistan so it looks like we will pursue the possibility of attending the event at the beginning of August subject to ongoing political issues in the region. Interesting to hear of the kite event in Alor Setar. Our visit there was a long time ago. I think that we should try to travel further east again in the near future… Felix

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23/02/2014 Blackheath

22mph gusting to 38mph* is not really very comfortable for team flying so we did not attempt too much today with the Xtra Vents and 4 wrap rods. However, a neat rolling ball materialized at one point before a gust prompted a quick but elegant un-winding fire drill… The Xtra Vents ‘side slide’ and ‘reverse fly’ very smoothly and some outward facing counter ‘pendulums’ looked very neat as well as the close knit rolling rotations that have become central to our ‘not called’ flying. That 'indicator light' issue in the car from the beginning of the month on leaving Blackheath proved to be expensive. Driving back to Hackney today the Thames cable crossing was still operating so maybe it was not all that windy after all! Felix *Met Office figures

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16/02/2014 Blackheath

Clear blue skies today with a few ‘fluffy white clouds’ in contrast to the gales and torrential rain up to yesterday and meant full 1.5 sails and race rods. The occasionally shifting breeze allowed us to ‘perform’ for the passing Blackheath audience who were particularly vocal today. It is strange, though, to have to tell someone that, yes, we have been flying on Blackheath with these kites since 1989. We did get to test the initial ‘pass by’ of the ‘free flying’ project but Rowan suggested that he would try to document the moves for the individual fliers. There is an interesting level of abstraction involved when the shape that is to be invoked is ‘completely’ transitional, as in, moving! <grins> Felix

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09/02/2014 Blackheath

Xtra Vents with 4 wrap rods today for most of us but Maggie flew her vented Rev 2. It was blustery but not quite as extreme as at Washington Tyne and Wear one year when almost all of the single line kites had been brought down but we still went ahead with a demo… In difficult conditions ‘free flying’ can be the most viable option and watched closely can produce some excellent interaction provided that the fliers are suitably attuned. Figuring out how to direct fliers who are all flying individual trajectories may be the latest challenge. You have flown the ‘grid’ and maybe the sprocket (grinder?) or ‘Dutch Windmill’ so what comes next? <grins> Felix

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02/02/2014 Blackheath

Didn’t travel last Sunday as the rain was due to start at 10am and continue until 3pm. The forecast was correct. Mid Vents with Race Rods seemed appropriate today initially but the increasingly blustery airflow eventually meant that we switched to Full Vents, still with Race Rods. The low cumulus built up gradually while we were on the ‘heath’, no doubt reflecting the turbulence at ground level. The cloudscape was curiously three-dimensional today. Driving home one of those ‘warning’ indicator lights in the car illuminated and the manual stated that the vehicle should be taken to a diagnostic facility without delay. Who needs that? Felix

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19/01/2014 Blackheath

Another 10:45am arrival today but it was warmer and drier than last weekend in the light, fairly steady, westerly breeze. Full 1.5 sails with race rods worked fine except for one short interlude. We ran through some of the four person routines in anticipation of the Cervia event. Blackheath is great for watching the clouds and we were treated to some long regular bands of cumulus today appearing from the SW apparently heading N and E. Having finalized the line-up for Cervia today I went on-line to find that our preferred flight times/routes were almost fully booked. A couple of quick calls later we managed to get everything arranged but it did feel like a close call. Making travel arrangements with the team has always been a challenge <grins> Felix

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Back into It.

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. 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)

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12/01/2014 Blackheath

It was a bright frosty start in Hackney but by the time we arrived on Blackheath c10:45 the grass was frost free. On the way the flags were hanging down but the forecast breeze cut in as we walked onto the field. Mid vents with race and full vents with race worked today. Rowan flew his new sail* and eventually found that inverted hovers were a bit difficult with the gradually increasing wind speed. An extra ¾ inch brake step made the kite much more controllable for him. We went on to run through Plan A and also did some repeated UK and EU ‘roundabouts’ as a ‘warm-up’ exercise towards the end of the session. The intermittent low cloud had gradually become more persistent and thickened so there was no further prospect of warming sunshine… Felix *picture attached FJM

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05/01/2014 Blackheath

We did not fly on New Years Day but flew six today from soon after 10:30am. Full sail 1.5s with Race Rods and 3 wrap worked most of the time but there were lulls when the Diamond Rods might have helped keep the team work going in the southerly breeze. The darkness of the weather front approaching from the west, dampness in the air and increasing wind speed led to an early end to the session today but not before Rowan was introduced to the six person sprocket. Sometimes it’s a good idea to quit while you’re ahead… Felix

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29/12/2013 Blackheath

Clear blue skies today with occasional high cloud out to the west indicating the approaching but still distant weather front. A SSW breeze was good in the main to put up a mixed set of 1.5 Mid Vents including Rowan’s new blue fade Pro with green race. A very relaxed fly today with few incidents. The bright sun was just strong enough to keep the cold at bay. Some of us will fly on New Years Day weather permitting. Happy New Year! Felix

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26/12/2013 Boxing Day on Blackheath

Headed towards the Blackwall Tunnel it looked as if fog was burning off Canary Wharf and the buildings were emerging into the sunshine. It turned out that this was the reverse of what was actually happening and the field at Blackheath gradually became enveloped in the fog. It was a mostly steady breeze by way of consolation so the full vented kites with green race worked just fine although mid vents might have been exactly right. Jacob called some moves and we went through some slow variations of established themes. The ‘younger’ fliers were not flying today… Felix

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22/12/2013 Blackheath

11:00am on the Heath today after negotiating an A12 closure and using the Crisp Street alternative route. Full vent with race rods mostly coped with the blustery airstream but by the end of the session it felt like hard work filling the gaps when we were left without airflow when putting team moves together. Bright and sunny most of the time today but the mostly clear sky at the outset gradually filled with cumulus. Heading back to Hackney diverting from the A12 we saw that the ‘Ginger Pig’ was open for business and very busy… Felix

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all

With it being my Last Kite-able week before the End of year Break, I decided to make extra effort and get out early each day. Summer in Perth is blessed with Early dawn, about 5am this time of the year. I decided to try to get out there around 5am each day. With A Big week ahead of me I started out strong. But Would the Wind play games with me? Monday: Light winds but good (3.5h on field) On the Field for 4:50am, SUL flying just after 5am. It was a very low wind day staying around 3-5kph (5-8mph) getting to a steady 7.5kph (12mph) toward the end. I got out my SUL on 50’ x 50# line and 15” handles. I also laid out my Rev 1 on 120’ lines. Because of the light wind, I put the Race frame in again. MGower got out his Zen and a Standard B. The winds rose and fell, giving us mild patches that encouraged a drink and some restful conversation. Other times it was enough to fill the sail and let me practice inverted hovers. Tuesday: Ultra-Light and getting lighter….(2h on field) I Ran late, got on field about 5:10am. A bit more effort needed tomorrow. First wind reading 0……. The little wind meter thingie was not even moving. I set up my SUL (2 Wrap) on 50# x 50’ lines and 15” handles. The Breeze crept in slowly, offering me 1-4kph. (1.5-6.5mph) Not my favourite wind range. I worked the Kite in 3kph+ winds but when it fell lower for a while I could not keep the kite airborne. I pulled out a SLK glider and ran it up on about 25m of line, it sat pinned to the sky. I was rewarded a couple of times with gusts up to 7kph (11mph), It was nice to feel the kite holding itself up there. The moments did not last though. After the Glider slowly came down, I knew things were bad. I really don’t like to struggle on Quad, I am getting better in the light winds. I can Work the kite up and glide down to regain ground. I can do the Catch and throw. But I get bored with that after a while, If the kite won’t hold itself to hover, I am not sure I want to fly in that. I got worn out early, and did not have any flying partners, so I called it early and went to work. At least it was a fly and I had some great moments there. Wednesday: Light, but enough to fly on. (3h on field) On Field at 5am. It was shaping up to be a perfect Zen & SUL kind of morning. I got in some great flights on the SUL and MGowers Zen, Mostly drifty kinda floating. Hanging around 4-8kph It picked up enough to get out the Standard B’s on 80’ lines. 7-12kph (11-19mph) Something in me went mad for a second, I dragged my 80’ lines through the ring of a “Dog Stake” And set up my handles right next to my kite. I had the Right Hand operating the wing on my right. It took me a few launches to get a grip on my new viewing angle, it was an odd new perspective. The wind dropped a bit light for a Standard, especially dog staked. Still it was a fun experiment, and I got to introduce MGower to the Dog Stake concept. I flew on the Stake about 3 times, when the wind permitted. Otherwise I flew the Zen and SUL. Thursday: Picking up a bit more, nice. (3h on field) I got on field about 5:05am, MGower and I set up our Standard Sails on 80’ lines. I also put out my Midvent on 120’ lines Dog Stake Style… MGower set up His Sizzle and His Lion/Zebra Masterpiece. Two Brilliant Looking and Flying Kites. The morning was spent moving around as the wind permitted, a Little on the B, a little on the stake, Some time on a Masterpiece. The wind casually moved between 5-15kph (8-24mph). Leaving us to get a whole lot of flying in. Friday: Nice winds, What a finish. (3h on field) It was almost looking like a Zen and SUL day. But then the wind turned up, 4-12kph (6.5-19mph). MGower and I put out the Standard B’s. Got in some nice flying and a few little contact hits. It is a lot of fun sharing the sky, and I have yet to have a kite tangle that could not be undone. I also Put out my EXP on 120’ lines, once again through the Dog Stake. Oh Yeh! The Dog Stake experiment is going well, No sign of wear on my lines. I am getting the reflexes in to help me position and control the movement of the kite, I really think this could be a great new aspect of Rev’s. After a while the wind started peaking at 22kph (35mph), so the 2 standards got switched out for a MidVent and a Supersonic. The winds and our Spirits stayed high for the rest of the morning. After it all: Wow what a week. Almost 15 hours on field, with a lot of that being Airtime. It took a lot of extra effort to get on field for all that time, But it was worth it. I had some Great Company and flew so many Great Revolution Kites. I will be returning to Blogging in the New Year, I rarely get a chance to fly over the Christmas & New Year break. But If I do I will tell you all about it. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA

West Australian

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A Sweet Week

Monday: The Morning started out with some fine Strong winds. I grabbed out the Vented on 120’ lines. I pushed myself to spend as much of the time as possible inverted. Every time I flipped upright or landed, I went straight back into inverted flight. Hovers and Slides. I think it went well Tue Arvo: I only had a half hour to spare, but I continued the Inverted theme, from Monday. It was A good practice in Moderately Strong winds on the Vented. Wednesday Morning: Mid Vent B, 3 wrap frame, 120' lines. winds 5-18mph, bumpy too. Still at least it was an hour on the lines. Not so much Inverted, the Winds were a real struggle. Thursday Morning: I met up with MGower again, he is on Break for a few days. Very Sadly SparkieRob could not make it. MGower and I flew from 5am to 9am.Honestly it was all a Blur. We got a Zen, SUL, several STD, Rev 1, Blast 2-4 and supersonic out, flew everything we could and had heaps of fun. Friday Morning: Another International Meet I decided it was time to start filming my kiting exploits so throughout the session I was checking on a little tripod-ed camera. Now don’t get too excited, I am still learning, so not much of the footage is any good. If I can I will post some later. MGower Started out by rolling out his Pure White Zen. I like this kite, it has a really nice feel and handles the Light air well. I honestly don’t think I do it justice, but I have had fun on it every time I have flown it. I grabbed out my Rev 1, kitted out with its Race Frame on 120’ lines. I am starting to understand the Rev 1 better now that I have flown it in different conditions. I much prefer the 11” handles over the 13” I get a greater feeling of control on them. As the Wind was Low but not too dead it was also a good chance to get the STD B series in the Air. MGower and I put them out on 80’ lines. When the wind died out, I dragged out my Mega Plutz. It’s magic worked and the wind started to pick up. Very soon the Rev 1 needed the SLE put in. The Rev 1 gets a really solid feel when it has the SLE in. I am really digging the different aspects of the Rev 1. Just for fun I switched the Rev 1 for the Supersonic, Nice stronger winds = Much faster Supersonic. It was Awesome. I know I got the Mid Vent out at some point, Not exactly sure when though. My Next week should be a Big one with a meet planned every morning with MGower. Awesome. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA

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15/12/2013 Blackheath

A late start today, c11:30 as I am still slightly on Florida time. Did get a last fly last Tuesday on Miami Beach in the super smooth on-shore breeze. Back to grey skies, intermittent drizzle, rain and a proliferation of worm casts on Blackheath today. Switched back to 120ft lines without issue but noticed a disparity between the bridle configuration of the iQuad training kites and the Bazzer Pro. I had tried reaching forwards and pulling the top lines to get a launch with the training kite in the Miami breeze and was astonished at the length required. Back on Blackheath in the lumpy breeze this was not the place to experiment further… Full vented and green race worked today but we sat out some of the squalls towards the end of the session. Driving back home on the A12 past the Olympic Stadium the rain set in heavily suggesting a timely end to flying today. Felix

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International Kite Flyer Visits Perth

Sorry for the late update, it took more typing than usual, I hope you enjoy my kiting Adventure… Monday: Once again Commitments crowded me in. Tuesday: After the Pain of not flying on Friday and Monday, I had to get out there. I put in the effort to get to the Field nice and early. There was a good Solid Wind that was pushing strongly. I decided to make it a fun day. I pulled out my Supersonic! I set it out on my 90# x 120’ lines to give me plenty of room to manoeuvre. I Flew And I had Fun. I had not set any requirements for Practice, It was a Day Off. But My Fun Fly included many Hovers and Slides, Bicycle Turns etc. All the Moves were done but not in a Practice format. I had to do a lot of footwork, Lots of strong Gusts and lots of Light patches. I got plenty of exercise walking back and forth. It was a Great Hour’s fly. Wednesday: Early morning again. The winds were Mild, but not really low enough for the SUL. I got out the Standard B and put it on my 120’ lines. The 120’ lines are great, even in low winds. They open it up to a broader Sky with more room to Whump! and Glide. I want to get some 50# x 120’ and see how the SUL goes in the really light winds. I got lots of Hover, and slide practice in. My Inverted Slide is starting to take shape. I am also trying to become more aware of my feet, I am trying to keep them moving and Make changes to sail pressure with Forward – Backward moves. Thursday: Western Australia Is Proud to be hosting an International Kite Flyer! SparkieRob arranged a meet with MGower. (Words cannot capture the Shear Amount of Fun I had this day, Apologies Guys If I get anything wrong, feel free to add or correct) Rob was already at the field when I arrived at 4:30am. He was not set up though The Wind was ripping along, so much so we expected to see a Cow fly past at any moment. A quick reading of the wind showed 30-40kph (18-24mph) average with Gusts to 55kph (34mph). We shared a look, a kind of Ok Then. Also it was Cold, well for Perth and Summer. The wind chill was getting in the bones. Out came the Vented Polo and the Triple Vent both on 120’ lines. After a few minutes of flying I was getting concerned with how much my 3 Wrap LE was bowing, I decided to swap it for my 4 Wrap LE. When I went to swap them I changed my mind and decided to run with Both the 3 wrap and the 4 wrap. Rob and I got a good fight with the wind going. It was very interesting conditions to try out the various moves, Dive stops were awesome. Just before 6am, it was time for Rob to collect MGower. I got a gust reading of 62kph!!! (38mph!!!) He left me flying his Polo, about 15-20min later Rob and MGower Arrived. I was flying My Supersonic on 150# x 80’ lines with 11” handles and a Pair of Purple Tails. We did all the greetings and a quick chat, and it was down to more flying. MGower does not have any Vented Sails, so we got him to try out the Triple Vent and the Polo. He also jumped on the Supersonic, which was ripping around in the 35-45kph (22-27mph) (not including gusts). Sure enough about 7:45 am the Wind dropped down enough for Rob to get out his Vented, and a bit later the Mid Vent. Everyone was flying everything they could, I was hopping between the Triple Vent, Polo and Supersonic. With the winds at a more sedate 20-30kph (12-18mph) and gusts of 35-40kph (22-25mph) MGower set up his Blast 2-4 for us to try. It was the one I like, the Purple… It took me a few false starts to get my grip right. Hands right down on the Foam, Keeping the Brake lines in tight. It is a really interesting kite and the gusts were really giving a great indication of the Power it has. When Rob jumped on for a turn the Wind was cycling down. He came really close to running a 360 with it too, it was brilliant. Next Time Rob! As the wind dropped further the Standards and even the SUL were brought out. I am not sure what it got to but it stayed really low for a Half hour or so. I had the Wonderful opportunity to fly not 1, not 2, but 3 Masterpiece kites! MGower has A Vampire, Lion/Zebra and a Sizzle. Wow! We had different line lengths on each of them, which made it harder for us to fly them together, but we had a go. They all have a great feel to them, but I really like how the Sizzle lights up in the sky. I was slightly tempted to stick the Sizzle under my arm and make a run for it… Thanks so much for a Fly of Your Masterpiece Kites MGower. At some point I got out my Stack, around half an hour after the wind had dropped low. The stack got shared around and enjoyed thoroughly. I put some matching tails on it to really show it off. The Wind started to Push through again, back up around 25-35kph (16-22mph). Stacks have serious Power in Strong winds. Eventually it was time for me to head off to work. It was a Spectacular session, with everyone flying everything they could get their hands on. Friday: I got a Quick flight on the MID again. Keeping it on the Long lines too. It was a pretty smooth and predictable wind too. I got in as much Inverted Practice as I could. It was a nice Half Hour. Thanks for Reading, Feel free to comment, and may the wind be at your back. WA

West Australian

West Australian

 

After Miami Beach 9/12/2013

Thursday to Sunday we did get out on the beach in the morning. On Thursday we set up close to the water opposite our hotel c8:30 and having switched to the shorter line sets started to fly the the full vented 4 wrap iQuad training kites in the smooth onshore breeze. Rich Comras arrived at about 9:30 and while he was setting up his kite the lifeguard who had recently arrived told him that from 10:00 we would not be able to fly at that location but that there was an area to the north where the beach narrowed that we could use. We walked the kites north and found that we could just fit although there were waste bins to contend with on the ground. Jacob could not fly on Friday as he had to attend to changes at the stand in the Convention Centre. Rich was there again. Saturday we were three up again but on Sunday Rich was not able to be there. Once again the full vented kite were a perfect fit but we did use the 3 wrap spars for the last two days. Should get the opportunity for another fly on Tuesday but it may be later in the day... Felix

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