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  1. Scott recently asked me if I would do the graphics layout for a new REV indoor he needed for demonstration this week. Being a good friend whom I have known for over 15 years I said yes. I was provided a photo of a falcons breast with the wings spread. Scott also provided me a sketch of how he wanted the falcon on the REV Indoor. So this creation is Scott's. I just brought it to life. I converted the photo from pixel (.jpeg) to Vector graphics. The interest was to show the breast and wings of the falcon on the REV Indoor. First I had to create the layout and proper dimensions for a REV Indoor, which I had never done before. The graphics were placed on the REV Indoor layout. Then the graphics where sent to the Gonzalez brother in Gandia, Spain where they were printed on Icarex Polyester. The printed material was sent to Revolution In San Diego where the REV Indoor was completed. This is the finished REV Indoor in photo as sent to me by Scott.
    11 points
  2. For all those that feel the B2 is too fast or twitchy.... Wind was way past Xtra vent or Polo full vent, so I pulled out the B2 vented on 50' LPG 90# line with a 4-wrap frame ... strapped the GoPro to my head and went for it.
    8 points
  3. I am adding a few images to show how a 1.5 bridle is fitted to compliment Watty,s excellent video on "Bridle Replacement" ! Don,t forget, vertical behind horizontal. You should be able to print copies if you require to ! Please add more/better images if you have them. Hopefully a picture is worth a thousand words! This is my old EXP with rods fitted. Bill This also applies to the Rev 1 and Rev II
    7 points
  4. I'm floored!!! Just got home from an indoor flying session and my phone was flashing a message signal! It's from Lolly, telling me that one of the family has contacted them to make me an Indoor Rev!!! ME??!! My choice of colors too!! You don't know how many hours I've spent dreaming on that colorizer, all the while my budget says nope ain't gonna happen! And yet it is happening!! Now!!! Thank You to whomever you are!! I will fly it with as much passion as the one I have now and honor the spirit in which it was given! Still in disbelief ....!!!! Again - Thank You!!
    7 points
  5. Had a little time yesterday and put this 5 min. video together, enjoy and fair winds to you all....... Ben http://youtu.be/pY-bOIvlwjc
    7 points
  6. Look,, there's no way around it, if you fly a kite often enough it will eventually wear out too. It's made light weight, so durability is always a secondary factor. Enough hours of UV radiation, sand, your own abuse plus giving occasional lessons,.... These items assure you that everything will fail eventually. For me, I get about 2-1/2 seasons from a full sail Pro kite (and a Zen too) before it needs to replaced. Mid-vents last probably 4 and full vent will last me for at least 6 years. These kites are very seldom used locally, where most of my hours will be spent. You can blow smoke thru the sail material, stress fractures parallel with the down spars, nicks and holes in the leading edge (but NOT where it folds or at the center, 'cause I pay extra to have 'em built custom with these high wear spots in mind!) I break sticks too, usually into a seawall diagonally, not for years in flight though, HA! Thin spars are splinted due to abrasion between the caps and tubes. There's dust, dirt, pollen, sweat, bug-spray, Dugard's bubble solution, kids' hand and foot prints on the fabric. I have never washed a kite, but I have assembled 'em until dry, if used in tough weather conditions. I don't care that the leading edge rips away, everything else is going to fail right around the same time. Dantonio and my bride commented once, that the kite i was flying was an embarrassment to my family! I have since replaced a Zen, a full sail, mid-vent, and full vent pro, all were hot fade, black center custom constructions. The latest Zen had "more stuff tacked-on" than I have ever done before, and quite naturally, it was priced accordingly! Awhile back, I laughingly ordered this vented eyes in jest and surprise surprise, a few months later Ben shows up holding it out for me, then handing Barbara an equally surprising invoice. The only way a kite stays pristine is if you aren't using it enough! Do you think the people in line for your inheritance care about your great rev kite collection? You don't honestly believe a sport kite is a sound investment for future re-sale, do you? They're your thing, use it accordingly now. I can recognize friends on a full flying field just by the kites they own up in the air. That speaks volumes, use and enjoy, you don't know what the future holds. I spank 'em like step-children behind the woodshed. Try it yourself, it will take thousands of hours but you too can wear out a revolution and make wrinkles in your face permanent (from all the smiling) What a great time I have wasting money on all things kite related, decades of pleasure on revs alone.
    7 points
  7. A fantastic weekend together with pilots from Germany, Belgium, Switserland and the Netherlands. Experienced teampilots together with pilots with no previous experience joined together. Tips & Tricks...a lot of practice...a lot of talking about Rev Kites... And it turned out all very well....we had fun !!! BIG fun.
    7 points
  8. Thank you Ben and Ron Gibian for protecting our home this fright night!
    6 points
  9. For those who haven't seen this on Facebook...
    6 points
  10. Dear Rev Family, We are very excited to welcome our new Masterpiece artist. Kevin Bayless has graciously agreed to put his talent into a Rev sail. We are thrilled to have him onboard. His style is bold and exciting in flight. We have received 2 skins and they are completed. I have added the pictures here. More skins are due to arrive at Rev today or tomorrow. Kevin has posted a few preliminary pictures on Facebook also. They are beautiful, and are getting comments from around the world. 3 are already spoken for. There will be only 10 in his set. Send your comments and orders ! They are selling fast. Good winds, Lolly
    6 points
  11. This is the N.Y.M. in my hands and some sweet wind....... Ben
    6 points
  12. Woohoo, yesterday i joined my second meetup already! Flew alot, learned alot. Replaced my vector lines with the laser pro lines (thank you Dutchrev), and borrowed a full vented to fly on the beach (my full sail was no option). My girlfriend and a great friend of mine joined me that day. They both loved it to! The day was organised by Team JST-4-FN, really nice people. Lots of wind, sea, sun and rev kites. Its funny.. three pages ago on this forum i am considering to buy a rev, and now i already joined two meetups. The rev community online and offline is so helpful, friendly, just amazing . Some pictures of yesterday: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157643902439405
    6 points
  13. For beginner, check the merchants and compare these choices: 1. EXP with handles and lines (lines should be Laser Pro), used to be a common starter package. 2. SLE standard PLUS handles PLUS lines. (Or may be packaged as RTF - Ready To Fly) 3. B standard PLUS handles PLUS lines (Or may be packaged as RTF - Ready To Fly), which should come with TWO sets of frames to handle a wider range of winds. If in doubt, contact any or several of the excellent merchants that advertise on this forum or the KiteLife forum. Select option 1, 2, or 3 in that order depending on where your wallet might start crying. They are all excellent for a beginner. But if you have not had prior experience, it might be better to start cheap. Many people do not have the opportunity or the drive to master the quad kite - and unfortunately drop out. If it helps you decide, I am a non-athletic senior citizen (i.e. elderly couch potato), and have managed to reach a fairly comfortable advanced stage - certainly NOT a master. But that has taken several very enjoyable years to do so.
    6 points
  14. Merry Christmas to all my friends and Family world wide...... May we share some sky somewhere in the future........ Ben
    6 points
  15. My 2 cents, (bearing in mind our weak Aussie dollar!) It might be psychological but I always found it easier to practice my inverted hover with a couple of twists in my lines. That is, launch and do a couple of rotations then try. The other thing that helped me was using a Mid or Vtd kite as they are a little less twitchy. The practice exercises in the Kitelife tutorial are worth a look too.
    6 points
  16. Today we broke the World Record at 81 Revolutions flown in a 9x9 matrix. We flew for about 20 to 30 minutes flying Vertical threads, Horizontal Threads. 4 concentric rings and one huge ball. The Director was John Barresi who himself stood at a distance behind us in a place where he could easily observe every REV and getting us out of jams. In addition there were several REV fliers on the ground assisting us. Congratulations to everyone.With the Concentric Rings we performed both slow and fast burst. The bursts were performed in two fashion, one being all at once the other being sequential by rings. With the big ball we also performed a burst, however the ring was so huge that I being one near the bottom could only move a few feet before I was touching the ground. If you you look at the wiggly REV on Column 3 Row 7, that is mine being a yellow/black B Series. Almost all maneuvers were performed at least twice.
    6 points
  17. Hey, Great news! I found a quiet field near the beach and flew my rev! After a few crashes and getting some muscle memory for the turning I tried out some basic hovers and then tried my luck at the 'plumet to the ground and stop a few feet off crashing' trick - with some success! I got to fly on 3-4 occasions during the week and found it hard to put the thing down! So thanks for your advice, help and encouragement!
    6 points
  18. Street/Urban kiting would be flying in urban locations. This usually means that you would be in areas where both the surrounding is obstructed (surrounded by buildings) and the flying area is obstructed (benches, posts, fountains, etc..). I would say that street kiting is most characterized by putting a kite where a kite probably ought not to be.
    6 points
  19. I've been flying my full vent 1.5b for a couple years when the wind was too much for anything else in my bag. This last fall & winter's wind have dictated that I only fly the full vent. So, now that I have learned to control (somewhat) my Rev, I got a full sail 1.5 Berkeley & after much thought, bought a 1.5b mid-vent as well. I had a great time watching all of you fly at Wildwood, even got my hat knocked off by a joker messing around with us by-standers ! The knot of lines was pretty impressive during the mega-fly, and the in-flight untie was even cooler. So, just wanted to extend greetings from Long Island... if any of you are out this way, I'd be happy to show you where the good wind is ! ~Rob.
    6 points
  20. Well it's official the "Diamond Shafts" are in production here at Revolution, all the stickers are here, the graphite is bought, and the first major batch is coming out the oven, so it's a GO...... With all that said they are not going to be cheap but they are one of the best rods we have ever made, they are light, stiff, and the reflex is out of this world..... {my original post on these can see seen at "The Diamond Shaft" on the forum} What Im going to do is get my butt handed to me but "oh well", for the introductory price of $99.00 you to can have a set of the newest addition to the "Revolution" product line, this is a savings of over $40.00 and as always this is a direst sell item from me, which means you have to say (Bens sale oh boy) I love this job...... Ya this is a sale price and can only be had by saying (Bens sale oh boy), I do have issues..... Ben keeper of the madness Sale price is only good till the end of Oct.
    5 points
  21. Well I guess you're never too old to be a kid waiting for Santa. With great anticipation I got up at five A.M. Christmas morning, lit the tree & waited for my wife to come down stairs. About dawn we turned on some seasonal music, sat in our overstuffed chairs & drank coffee while going through our stockings. Then the much anticipated exchanging of gifts began in earnest. A couple toys for the boy were under the tree. The third package was the prize I had hoped & hinted for, a Revolution Multi Kite Bag. I was now finally an official hard core Rev flier. As the music played we continued unwrapping more gifts. I swear my wife must be secretly reading these kite forums as she also presented me with a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses & a Tilley Hat. I sat on the floor with my hat & glasses on excitedly planning how to load my new kite bag. My eyes welled up with moisture & it seemed like I was still ten years old somehow. SHBKF
    5 points
  22. Hi Jonathan, This is all good information for you in deciding which Rev to purchase ! What I would like to add is this :- Your wife is backing you all the way so don't forget to take her flying with you and just say " here, you have a go !" and it wont be long before she wants her own Rev ! Bill
    5 points
  23. I guess I need to say something and first let me say thank you one and all and God bless you all, John thank you for saying such nice things about me but in truth all these things were and will always be a team thing...... Thanks to Joe first and foremost for helping me to make my visions real and work..... Thanks to Dave for putting the hours of research on these projects and dreams and making them a real product, then to Lolly for putting up with my madness and then putting these visions / products out there for the public and making sure people other than us could enjoy them too....... So there is no question on whats next for Ben well it's nothing really but get healthy and pay my bills and enjoy life on lifes terms..... As most of you know I've battled my own demons and health issues and I'm just not going to be in the office but I will always be a part of Revolution, nothing has changed there, I will still do events and give lessons on invites, I will continue to develop new kite designs and ideas, I just cant sit in the office day after day and I cant continue to travel over 300 days a year so I felt it was best for me to step back and enjoy some of my other hobbies...... I talk to Joe often and am always working on projects with him so dont think things are going to be lost, hell I got to much of my heart and soul in this Rev thing to just let it go...... I helped create a legacy and you cant just turn this off paycheck or not, like I said I will get healthy again and I may make the road my home again if I do this Ill see how that goes but for now Ill work on other tasks and projects, attend a few events as time and invites allow and follow the general direction of Rev kites as company and always add my two cents ( your not rid of me yet Lolly ), but really Family I'm here for you if you have questions or problems and as always I'll help you if I can......Ben
    5 points
  24. Yesterday was a good day to Quad. The cold weather let up and temps were in the 60s with good winds so I took the Revolution out to my favorite field for some quality time. The Rev is new to me and I probably have < 5 hours time on the kite. I'm definitely getting more skilled and confidence.
    5 points
  25. Dear Paul, Steven, and family, We are still working on the Rev helium project. It is very much alive and in the near future. This is an awesome flyer. We would not let this idea float away. Thanks for the poke. Lolly
    5 points
  26. It's funny cause me and Alden started this project a year ago but cause of life and all it brings these are the first of many of his kites in the Masterpiece collection that we just got.... It's weird cause Alden is a great artist, a great sewer, but what gets by is how much he really brings when he's at a events, he flies all day, he shows his wonderful Jimmy stack, he helps others all the time, and he gives his all...... His talents are many but the man inside is golden, it's an honor to call him Family and it's even a greater honor to call him brother..... Your work speaks for itself but it's what inside that really matters........ Ben Alden dabbled in kites as a child and into his early 20’s. Paper Eddy kites made from the comics and Gayla bat kites are what he got started with. About ten years ago after starting a new job the work stress carried over to vacation at the beach. His wife suggested that he used to like to fly kites, why didn’t he try that again. The next day after a trip to the Kite Loft he was flying again. After flying for a couple hours he realized he did not think about work or anything else during that time. The next day he bought another kite and it was downhill from there. Soon after he found the Revolution kites on the Internet, bought one and became fascinated with learning to fly them. After searching for a local flier to learn from he met Paul LaMasters at the Smithsonian Indoor. Paul commented that Alden would own a bag full of kites, be building his own kites, and become President of Wings Over Washington all within the next year. Alden went home and told his wife what Paul said and then said, “That guys nuts”. A year later two out of the three things came true but he still thinks Paul is nuts. P.S. There are only two kites left out of four.......
    5 points
  27. Thanks guys! I am thrilled to be working with Rev and in awe to be in a group of amazing artists that create these masterpiece kites. -Alden
    5 points
  28. I just got into Kite flying about 2 months ago. Within a couple of weeks, after buying my first foil kite, I joined Kitelife.com and started hearing about the Revolution Kite. Having a background in flying RC helicopters and aircraft, the idea of a kite that was controllable like the Rev, seemed to be just the kind of challenge that I would enjoy. I purchased a 1.5 SLE as my first kite, and started watching all the tutorials by JB, over and over again. When I got the kite, I did the same thing with the DVD. The winds and weather did not cooperate at first, so it was a couple of weeks before I could even attempt to fly the Rev. The first day, that I had some good winds, I was able to launch the Rev, and fly for a couple of hours. I first started working on hovering at high altitude, and then gradually worked my way down. Several hard landings, no crashes, but a couple of dive stops on that first day, gave me alot of confidence that I could actually fly this kite with nobody to show me how except videos and reading. Within a couple of weeks, I decided I was hooked on Revs, and ordered a mid vent B series and a Race Rod frame, which I just got last week. In the mean time, I flew the SLE some more and probably had 12 plus hours total flying time. Started working on forward flight, at lower and lower altitudes, slow flight, reverse flight, figure 8's, hovering in different positions of the kite, inverted launches, slides. and spins. The first time I tried a spin, I was really high up and had my fingers crossed, but it was much easier than I thought it would be. Now I am doing 3 spins in either direction in the middle of the wind window. I flew almost 4 hours yesterday on my new B midvent, and am finally realizing that I am starting to really feel in control of the kite. I don't have to think that much about inputs, it is starting to come naturally. I see the kite do something, and I know how to correct it. Not an expert, but don't feel like a crash or hard landing is around the corner anymore either. I even made some neat tip landings yesterday. The point of this post is to show that with some organized study, a list of things to practice, some patience,and working on the basics, will have anyone flying one of these kites if they really want to. In the mean time, I learned about equalizing lines, tuning the leaders, modifying the handles with the no-snag mod. using stakes, winding quad lines, etc...... The forum on this site, and on Kitelife.com are invaluable in learning all there is to know about kites in general and the Rev kites. In addition, there is a chat room in the evening on Kitelife.com, when I can always ask a question, and get answers on the spot, from some very knowledgeable kite pilots. All this makes learning easy and fun. Can't wait to fly my Revs again.
    5 points
  29. I have added yet another new item to my lineup! Intruducing the Go Pro Camera Stake. This stake uses the Go Pro camera flat mount on one of my stakes so the camera can be positioned on the ground for those down low shots. A big Thank You to Jim Fielder for the idea!
    5 points
  30. This question has come up quite a few times on several different forums. This is a copy of a post I did over on the Power Kite forum regarding this same subject. ------ Quote... As far as fishing line compared to kite line - and saying they are the same and kite line is just more because of a niche market....that can not be further from the truth. Saying fishing line is the same as kite line because they are both made from HDMPE fibers (spectra/dyneema) is like saying a $10 bicycle tire is just as good as a $300 steel belted racing radial tire because heck, they are both made from rubber! Even though fishing line and kite line are both made from spectra fibers, that is the only thing that is the same. Spectra fibers are the size of a hair and are carefully braided and re-braided to form kite lines. The way they are braided, the pattern in which they are braided, how tight they are braided and the shape they are braided in will determine if it is good enough quality for kite flying (where your life and $100's of dollars worth of kite depend on it) and whether it can be used to haul in a fish. Braiding kite line takes as much as 100 times more time and up to 30% more line than making fishing line - which is basically designed to be thrown away in the event it breaks or gets tangled. Breakage and stretch in fishing line is expected and assumed. This obviously can not be tolerated with kites. Daniel Prentice of Shanti kites is a very close friend of mine and I have seen what it takes to make both fishing line and kite line and they are no way comparable. Daniel also is the inventor of Spectra kite line and the reason we have both Shanti kite line and LPG. Fishing line, while it may work for your kite for a while, will not hold up nearly as long, will be more prone to breakage and wear and will never have the performance and durability that kite line has. Kite line is designed to rub against each other with minimal wear, this is because of the special way the braid is made so that the two (or four) lines can slide over each other. Fishing line will create a lot of friction when crossed with other fishing line and will literally melt itself in half, causing breakage. End quote.... ---------- To add to the above, Getting into the braiding of the lines, Spectra kite line is braided in several different ways depending on the type and manufacturer, the tightness of looseness of the braid will determine just how easily the other line(s) will slide over it and just how much it will cause friction or heat, which will eventually ruin your lines. Each manufacturer uses a different type of braiding, this is the reason that flying team with different types of line can cause lock ups. Basically one braid on one line will not slide over the braid on the other line causing friciton and lockup. Fishing line uses none of this type of design because it doesn't matter. Fishing line is braided as quickly and as cheaply as possible because it is designed to be thrown away. Food for thought anyways......Hope this helps.
    5 points
  31. Not very technical, but had a good moment or two
    5 points
  32. Just created a tutorial on how to replace a bridle on a Rev. This process is the same for all Rev 1.5 (b-series, exp, masterpieces, etc.), 2, and 1 models, and is very similar to that of the Blast series or Speed series kites.
    5 points
  33. Jason, I don't weigh the rods nor do I care what they weigh. For me it's about "feel" and "touch" also, "input" and "response" from my fingers to the kite and back. My unsolicited and mostly feeble attempt at advice would be to forget about the weight of the rods and just go out and fly the crap out of them in many varied conditions. Those are the kind of comps that should be made between different frame sets, not the frame weight alone. Read LaMaster's critiques elsewhere in the forum and talk to others who have used them in different sails and different wind conditions. All of the above not withstanding.....lets fly some kites dude!
    5 points
  34. Final Status! I must confess that I was a bit pessimistic that we would be able to identify all the pilots and their positions within the 9x9(81) matrix. You can surely congratulate yourselves for your awesome efforts in completing this. WOW! WOW! WOW!
    5 points
  35. There are different flavors of each type. All the way from uncoated nylon on one end to polycarbonate coated polyester on the other. There are different weights of materials available as well. Icarex is about .6 ounce per square meter, not counting the coating's additional weight. Some folks feel white is lighter in weight than other colors because it's not carrying the dye. Dacron on the leading edge sleeve is 3.9 ounces per sq/meter. Banner fabric is usually 1.5 ounce nylon. You could buy a kite made out of polyester fabric, but one crafted of Icarex will certainly cost you more. Some materials are laminated together to incorporate multiple objectives. Scrim in the mylar, or a mylar back nylon, for example. Poly doesn't gain weight as quickly when wet compared to nylon, nor does it stretch and return to shape. Surely you could see applications where both of these treats are desirable. How about in competition and you want the kite slower?, wetting a nylon kite is not news! Or you're just jacking around in bad weather, chasing seagulls on the boardwalk, then a more responsive poly kite is called for. Orcon can not be sewn or come to a sharp right angle in construction,yet it has uses for indoor kites despite these limitations. Many kite builders in my club begin with tyvek (like a Fedex envelope, synthetic paper) prototype. It might be stapled onto a dowel wood frame or duct taped together. The kite will explode and the stress points can be identified, subsequently reinforced and tested again with a more complete prototype. Different fabric colors can be combined, but mixing fabrics is a no-no for most builders. Some of the best do it anyway, it's all about color selection. If you needed 12 purples on your design you will have to mix fabrics. Different stretch and bias characteristics will need to be thought thru and planned for. I'm no scientist, but some materials are worth more time to use and funds to acquire in my experience. I live in the land of no-wind, I'll take catastrophic failure over stretch anytime.
    5 points
  36. That's why I spend so much time answering questions on the forum. it's good to share the joy and so rewarding when people acknowledge it.
    5 points
  37. Had the most wonderful two hours flying today. Everything seemed to 'click' into place and the overall control felt a lot more natural and intuitive. Was much more confident in controlling it and making it do (roughly!) what I want it to, and was less scared of the kite being damaged as a result. The wind was slightly lighter this time, about 10mph instead of 15mph, which also helped a great deal (a vented is now on my list for when it is windier!) Seriously got the biggest smile on my face. It was fun before, but the fun factor has gone exponential. I can only imagine it will get more so as you continue to develop skills. No hard ditches. Was able to use the inverted launch/hover to recover the few flops I did have. Only one brief walk of shame in the whole two hours, and that was only when the kite was already sitting on the ground and fell forward flat with the LE toward me (and I wasn't able to turn it by yanking on a single line). Even got spontaneous applause from a chap walking a dog behind me (unbeknown to me) when I was practicing dive-stops! Didn't even realise how much time had passed, got a slight hunger pang, looked at my watch and realised two hours had gone! Was so relaxing. I can easily see how this can become a way of life. Very glad I found the Rev world. That's amazing, guess they don't call them 'sails' for nothing! Looks very much like the individual sail(s) on a galleon ship but with dual rudders per sail. I originally assumed the spars on the back of the Revs were to keep the sail stretched and flat as possible, clearly not so as they bend and support the sail. A lot of complex physics elements happening here! I can see how some people put the spars at the front (like a dual line kite) by accident, although the stress on the frame and sail might be greater. The workings play with your mind a bit. John B, on another note - I have got to say - a huge thank you for all your tutorials on Kitelife (and youtube) - namely assembly/disassembly, line management (I unravelled and hooked up my lines today when setting up and there literally wasn't a single twist in them!), equalizing, setting up the bridles (something I needed to do when I got the kite second hand after the previous guy had it all knotted up), hovers (which I'm currently enjoying learning), flat relaunching (reduces the embarassment of the walk of shame, and increases the flying time) to name a few. They really have been incredibly useful to a solo learner/flyer like me, every one of them (as no instructions came with the kite). As well as your inspirational flying vids which almost single-handedly got me into Revs after stumbling upon them. We salute you!
    5 points
  38. I always fly with music, keeps the voices in my head down..... Ben
    5 points
  39. Here is the photo reduced in size.
    4 points
  40. Got ya, hahaha........ Ben WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
    4 points
  41. After a full 3 hour session of zero wind, I gave my SUL a thorough go. We flew my Indoor Rev, my modified SUL, my buddies SUL and my other buddies Zen. Some Plutz gliders and a Vented iFlight. The mods to my SUL were a significant improvement to me and suited the way I like to fly. Quick response to inputs. And a killer glide! Flat and effortless. The glide I can attribute directly to the magic sticks as the kite wasn't under load and they have never been that impressive. I'm sure the new rods helped too. Flight was sharp and somewhat zippy considering there wasn't any wind. Spent more time on the Indoor and SUL than the Zen. I just couldn't gel with the Zen. That's a kite I'll have to revisit another time. All in all, I'm really happy with my modded SUL. I realise that Sticks and the French mightn't be for everybody but it's working for me so far.
    4 points
  42. People have been asking now that iQuad is not traveling as a team what will happen well "Family" heres what we are doing...... News, news, news! As most of you know, iQuad has stepped off the circuit for a rest after many years of pleasing crowds the world over, and after putting up with me for more years than they want to admit. With that said, my personal email has been burning up with questions on who will “Revolution” work with now as far as events and what not. Well for me that was a no brainer—the team that we will be recommending is 180Go! There are many reasons I say this. 180Go! is not so much a new team (2007) or the best in the world (yet), but what they do is what we here like to see, and that is sharing their love of kiting with others in the form of teaching others and sharing info and skills with no strings attached. Also Mike Kory has been a member of iQuad himself and has always been a huge supporter of “Revolution Kites.” What has always struck me with this group is the fact that they are both friends and family. What I also like is that the team’s ages are so well ranged—20s, 30s, 40s, 50s. This lets them speak to just about anyone in the crowd. I’ve worked with this team in many places in the USA and Canada, so I have had the privilege to view the dynamics of this team, and the dynamics they bring to the table are amazing. So it’s with total trust and my knowledge of what helps an event work that I’d like to announce that team “180Go!” is “Revolution Kites” go-to team for events and outside shows. INFO Mike Kory (captain)—his point of contact is [email protected] Rose Kory Mike Stephenson Nick Stephenson Mikey Devereaux Jeff Faje David Kovacs Steve Anderson Their web site is 180go.com http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkyTbl1yRocOMnndptD-Pug?feature=watch I've worked with 180Go since there beginning and have always respected them as a team and even more importantly as my friends now with iQuad resting I needed a work horse and a group that gave me what I needed..... So guys I know you thought you'd get all the glamor of being "The Revolution Team" what you really get is me , see along with all the flying you are now in charge of ME......... Just ask iQuad how that works , anyway guys welcome to the inside and thanks now and always for all you do and have done glad to have you on the team....... Ben
    4 points
  43. Hahahahahaha.....that didn't take long!
    4 points
  44. Sometimes it not about the journey but more about the people you meet along the way, this video is just that not so much the journey but the people.... You know there's so many of you that I need to thank but what I'll do rather than running thru all of you I'll just say "thank God for putting each of you in my life"...... Each of you have been there for me, believed in me when I did'nt believe in myself, and mostly just held my hand thru it all..... Ya the journey has been unreal but more importantly it's been about all of you...... I really do love you guys and I'm so thankful for having you my "Family" in my life so remember where ever this journey takes you remember you take a part of me and I will always have a part of you...... Ben:blue_wink:
    4 points
  45. Seriously, I've had so many "best" moments flying at all times of the day, in different places... They're all my favorite. Have kite and energy, will fly.
    4 points
  46. Here follows the 3 most important things you need to know... BREATHE !!!!! (trust me, you will forget) Watch your own kite (trust me, you will mess it up when you watch the other guys kite) Have fun (this is the point is it not...) Don't worry so much, and don't be so driven to formalise it that it takes away from the experience. Just get used to standing next to each other and flying in the same air space as each other comfortably. Basic stuff to mess with is either following each other around, doing the same pattern flanked (side by side) or hovering/moving around each other. I'd say that key things to get down are speed control (this comes in everywhere - if you don't have it you will get it soon), figure 8's (this is curved flight practice and diagonal practice) and squares (this is hard corners and straight lines). Have fun and mess with it ... if it's not fun then you'll stop doing it
    4 points
  47. I am a Husband, Father, Brother, Son. I flew kites as a young kid, but my memories are vague at best. I really got into kites about 25 years ago, Single line kites to decorate the sky. My Interest has peaked and fallen a few times over the years. I was a member of the West Australian Stunt Kite Association, I met lots of great people and borrowed Many fantastic kites. We flew Dual line demonstrations at various places. Some of my Greatest Kiting memories happened with the WASKA. But then other things crept in and took my time away. The WASKA is no more now. I dont even know what happened to it. Over the years I have collected Dual line kites to cover wind range from 0-50km/h (0-30mph) I have single line kites too, from indoor gliders to display kites to a Big Sled. I have even made a few Single line kites too. My Pride being a 1.4m x 10m Hi-Viz Greenish Yellow Dragon. I got into Power Kites at some point. I have a Big Dual line Foil, and My First Quad a 2m sq Foil. Great fun but nothing like a Rev..... Back when the B Series was new I got a Black and Blue Standard (Package) and a Black and Purple Vented (Package) I had no real understanding of what I was getting though, and lacked confidence with them. I made a few attempts to fly them, but never got anywhere. So they got put away...... Some years later I find them again. I look upon them as a mistake, and decide to sell them. A friend of mine (A Single Line Kite Enthusiast) tells me "Never sell anything you have worked to save up for, you will always regret it." So I listened to him, and I kept them. A few months later I am posting on a different forum, about my Glider Kiting. It is a very slow forum though with few members. I ask a friendly member "Are there any better Forums?" I got supplied a nice list. Upon posting to one of these Forums, I Discover another West Aussie. I Enquire if he Flies Single Line, Dual or Quad. Quad is the reply, He even told me he used to have a Duallie but gave it away. Well now, Here is a chance to get some advice on the Rev thingies I have. I dust off the Case and we meet up. Well "SparkieRob" you opened my eyes. The Tips, the techniques, the enthusiasm, Awesome. Most importantly you gave me the Confidence to Try. Since that day I have not missed a weekday flight. I have been practicing everything I can. Hovering at every angle. Sliding in all directions, etc Since (Re-)Staring Quad on the 23JAN2013 I have been loving it. I hope my story was not too long, I hope you got something from reading it. I am still learning Quad, I probably will always have something to learn. My Kites are not "Pro" but neither am I.... WA
    4 points

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