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    Monday 17th June: I got to the field and found zero wind. I pulled out a Glider and caught about 10min before a steady breeze started up. I quickly put it away and pulled out my SUL on 50’ lines. I managed to get in about 15min on the SUL before the gusts became threatening. Sadly my other Rev’s were at home, but it was a great session anyway. Tuesday: Winds were shifting between 3-18km/h (2-11mph). Out came my STD B on 150’ lines. My STD has a Race Frame most times. I focused on Sail Loading, Hovers and Inverted Flight, as these are areas I need work in. I was very happy to be able to keep the STD off the ground even the light wind. Gently working the kite through a rising “S” and then walking forward in an inverted stall. When the wind picked up, I got in some great moves. I added in some practice of maintaining a consistent forward speed, Doing Circles and infinities. I am still having trouble with this. Any advice on helping me keep a constant speed would be great. It was a brilliant session, the long lines and big wind window were Awesome. Wednesday: Moderate winds with Strong gusts and long low drops….. Time for the MID. I keep my MID framed with 3 wrap as standard, I decided to leave it that way. I put it up on 90# x 120’ lines. Lots of Smooth movement practice, I am getting better. The wind dropped low a few times, But I was able to keep it moving, to keep it flying. It is possible the STD would have been a better choice for the wind, But I was glad to have the Sail Loading Practice. A very enjoyable session. Thursday: Very Light 0-10km/h (0-6mph) Fairly Steady too. I got out my Pure White SUL, Frames with 2 wrap. I put it on the 50’ x 50# lines. It was a challenge to keep it flying at times, But I was very pleased with how I did. I did some Catch and Throw practice, I find the SUL on 50’ lines hard to catch. It keeps coming down short, so I have to rush forward if I want any chance of getting it. The toss is pretty easy for me now. I can get the SUL out 50’ easily. I used to struggle with that, I am very pleased to see my improvement. Friday 24th June: Low to very low winds indicated the SUL should come out. I decide to give the STD B on Race Rods a go. 90# x 30’ lines were hooked up. I was thrilled to be able to keep the kite moving in 1-3km/h winds. By Walking forward and back, Zigzagging the kite and watching my sail pressure I kept the STD B moving quite efficiently . Catch and throw was also on order, I find the STD B On 30’ lines very easy to do the Catch and throw on. I do prefer at least 4km/h (2.5mph) when doing the throw, I find it glides out easily. When the wind is lower, I have to back up after the throw, to get the lines tight. Wow, What a week! After 3 weeks of not getting my Working-Week Daily flight, it was great to be out there each day again. It was tough to find the time and make the effort, but well worth it. The Winter Solstice has been passed, Yay! Longer daylight = Brighter Mornings = More chances to fly YAY!!!!!! This next week is looking very wet, so it is going to be hard to get many good flights in. I will grab what I can…
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    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

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