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.
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.
So, after finding out about great new flying field in our area, thanks Walt and Bazzer, we awoke to a beautiful fall day. Sun, light breeze and reasonable temperatures. But we're headed to North Carolina tonight so no flying kites this afternoon.
This will be my first flight with my new Prism hardcase. It's packed with my B-series Vented and standard. I'm removing the frame from my new Mesh Rev and my mid-Vent and putting them in the suitcase. Just finished putting sleeves on a 65' quad lineset. We're staying at Wrightsville Beach, ocean side room and 20 yards from the beach, Blackbeard's territory to be correct. I wanted a shorter line set for flying at high tide, mostly I'll fly my 90' lineset. So linesets, handles and kite stake are in the suitcase and ready to go.
Gotta go finish packing and finish getting ready.
Thanks to JB for putting this blog together.
Arrrgh, we's hopin fer some wind!
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
- 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 )
- 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 .......
So, never having Blogged before please let me try to understand what is expected. (apart from the last two!)
I fly Revolution kites most weekends on Blackheath in SE London, sometimes with the team, The Decorators.
There are anecdotes and observations relating to this and related matters which I may want to record for my own and potentially, (who knows) other's interest!
I first posted (in 2007) on the Revolution Forum in respect of organising the Portsmouth/Bristol events in 2008. Occasionally/often responses to postings in the forum may be outside the topic in strict terms. OT in 'usenet' was a fairly strict designation but we may not want to go there.
There have been observations about the friendly and inclusive nature of the Rev Forums which I would endorse and I would applaud the careful moderation of the site. I have seen a couple of examples of individual posters getting over excited and have withdrawn some of my own posts as a result!
As I understand it, we can use the space to contemplate possibilities that we had not thought of previously, like the grid format! <grins>
David noted in his REVisions : Grid Economics article:-
'But, Felix Mottram, founder of The Decorators <snip> had an idea one night. Maybe it came to him in a dream, or he looked at something and an idea popped into his head, but he began to try and get some of us to get our head around it. And to be honest it made no sense to me initially, I know I had problems visualizing how it would work. I don’t think I “really” got it until such time as Felix worked a group of us through it in Uchinada earlier this year.'
'And, the first time I got to experience it first hand was in Uchinada Beach where Felix had managed to make his way over to the festival.'
I had started to try and document the process of getting a large Revolution Team event together by copying all the messages in the Revolution Event 2008 thread into one place but it was too painful.
I arrived at the idea of the Grid in 1993 and wrote to Revolution at that time.
Having proposed the Portsmouth/Bristol events it was apparent that all the players would need to be on-side if we were going to attempt the Grid format. Having been at the rained off event at Uchinada in 2004 I had some reason to try and get there again.
Serendipity comes to mind.
Early morning snow followed by rain finally cleared around midday so a late trip to Blackheath.
Bright sun for a while and then a passing shower with a complete, perfect rainbow.
Variable breeze, vented 1.5B for me and 10 year old vented for ATM who is getting the hover and 180s with leading edge vertical some of the time.
Looks like the clock 12:25 on the edit page is on New York time!