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Stephen Hoath

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  1. Hi there, don't worry too much about the big winds. We have a little lady (3 actually) in our team and they deal with the strong wind nearly as well as the men. The trick is to fly smoothly. In addition if the wind gets really strong, you can always put a few extra holes in your kite. Don't bother counting the holes, it's around 1600! Seriously though, with a little practice and the right kit, even lighter people will be able to fly in strong winds.
  2. Cool videos but I am not sure about that idiot with the shorts on! Berck was fantastic this year with the wind turning from the sea and blowing a constant 8 mph for the last weekend. I came back to work with a sun tan and no-one believes that I was flying kites. We managed to fly a choreographed mega team this year. Practicing during the week, three different teams learnt a ballet for 12 kites which we flew at the last weekend. Is this a first?
  3. So do these survey results tell us that the 1.5 is The kite to have or that it is the kite that most of us Do have?
  4. In addition to getting the SLE rods you can also simply put 6mm rods into the existing rods as inserts. This works well, but frankly the best solution is to get the SLE or 4 wrap spars. My preference is for the 4 wrap not the SLE until the wind really picks up ...actually come to think of it, this weekend would have been perfect!
  5. Of course you could always try stepping backwards on the way up and forwards on the way down! On a more serious note, there are a great many factors that will influence this move. The wind strength, the direction of flight, the speed you are trying to fly and if you are flying towards the leading edge or reversing the kite. If you give us a description of what you see when you fly the move we may be able to target the advice a little more precisely but in the meantime here are a few tips that might help. Try and "drive" the outer wing tip - so if you are facing right (in centre window) and are rotating around the top wing tip, take one step back and at the same time firmly pull your right arm back (whilst tilting your right thumb back). As the kite passes the horizontal position you can start to push your left arm forward, then your right until your are standing comfortably. For the precise finish, try and stop your kite asertively, just before your kite reaches the verticle position. Another little tip is to focus your attention on the tip you are rotating around. For downwards step you should step into the move and again power the outside wing tip. What I have noticed from teaching many people is that everyone is a little different. Some people get overloaded trying to watch their feet and move their arms at the same time. So, if the above does not work for you no worries, John may well explain the same in a different way. The secret is to be open to the various techniques then focus on the one that works best for you. I hope this helps ps. I find this move easier in medium to strong winds.
  6. With maybe the exception of Rev stacks with long tails!
  7. Hi Alejandro, are you going to the festival in Valencia in a few weeks time? If not why not, it's great? Anyway, I will be there with my team so please come and say Hi and we will try and get you flying backwards and hovering etc etc. Look out for the pale English guys on the beach with the Blue, White & Black Revs.
  8. Whilst the SUL light weight bridles can slip it's not always a problem. I flew my team kite like it for months without noticing. Then some clown in my team equalised my flying lines and it was never the same again. As John advises. Superglue is king. Another technique one of the guys in the team used was to tie extra overhand knots either side of the tow point knots. This also did the trick. Better still, just take it off and then we can all fly like Lam (I wish I could!)
  9. For me tightening the top bungee is the best choice. The reason for this is that it pushes the verticle spars down. This means less rod sticking up past the leading edge. The means less snags when sliding on the ground etc etc. Either way, try and make sure that all sides of the sail are even. Another tip, try and adjust the sail on a dry day, if the kite is wet you get stretch so when it dries out everything tightens up again. So if you tightened the sail too far you could have problems.
  10. Hi, taking Revs on a plane is no problems. My team travel frequently by plane to festivals across Europe and have never had a problem. Various techniques seem to work, I just leave my kites in the Revolution kite bag, and check it in. Be sure to mark it with those FRAGILE stickers so the baggage handlers know which bag to put on the bottom! Another good technique is to get an extendable artists tube, these are a mid weight plastic tube about 4 inches in diameter that extend. Take all the rods out of the kites and bundle them up, then wrap your kites arond the outside of the rods and put them in the tube. The rods for the 1.5 are certainly short enough for the overhead lockers but I am not sure about the Rev 1 rods. Hope this helps.
  11. To Iquad...thank you for showing me something new and special. It is not often I watch team flying these days and feel I am being taught something new but this is it! We want more, more, more! Now this would be something for your new video. How you decided on the best moves, how much experience you need individualy first, what moves really don't work well. Nice job and thanks again. java script:emoticon(':D') Very Happy
  12. On a practicle front, the all cloth kites are much more forgiving in bumpy winds (are there any other types!) As a competition flyer that makes a real difference. We prefer to not to have icarex in our vented kites for this reason. Most of the time if it is strong enough for vents, the wind is also a bit choppy. The ripstop acts as a sought of shock absorber. When it comes to flying straight lines, I need all the help I can get.
  13. My wife already complains that I spend too much time with my Rev. If it looked like that as well, I really would be in trouble. That's a gorgeous kite! Has she got any sisters?
  14. John, it just occured to me that very little is ever said about care of the kite. Whilst we all have our own little ways :oops: there are deffinately ways of prolonging the life of your kite. Not leaving in the sun all day. washing off salt water after use. check the bungees for wear every now and then. Rotate the spar positions every now and then. Keeping a few spares in the bag dry the kite before putting it away for any extended period etc and so forth Does anyone else do anything extra Maybe rev should market a "spares kit" A branded hand towel etc. think of the marketing opportunities!
  15. Hi there, there are some ex European Champions not too far from you! The challenge is finding them on the field at the same time as you. Epsom is not as popular as it once was but you should find someone there to help. I am a bit further north in Bedfordshire. Try contacting STACK UK who run coaching days and also provide liability insurance as part of the membership fees or try the forum Fractured Axle. This is a UK forum about kites in general and there is bound to be someone local to you on that form. the links are http://www.fracturedaxel.co.uk/phpBB2/ and http://www.netspaces.com/stack/index.html Good luck with that and if you need any more local help send me a private message and we can chat.
  16. John there is a trick in Europe that my team call an under axle. If the kite was facing left at centre window 10% up, aggresively pull the left hand whilst pushing your left thumb forward. The kite rotates very quickly (like an axle) and ends up - if you've got it right - landed leading edge facing up. If you fly the same move higher in the window alternating the hands initiating the move you get a downward cascade like move. I hope this helps? What do you call this move?
  17. Like what he said! Also, if you are aiming at advanced fliers how about some drills for very light/no wind/indoor flying? That seems to be the area I spend most of my time teaching people.
  18. Hi John, just a quick question. Are you planning to use these outdoors as well as indoors and if so, what are the benefits over the SUL 1.5? oh...... and very cool!
  19. There are as many opinions on handles as there are shades of grey in an English summer sky! However, in brief, the longer the handle the more effect it has on the kite. So use the Rev 1 handle on your Rev 2 and you can flick=flack and and a whole host of other tricks, but it is much harder to control until you get acustomed to it as any error is effectively magnified at the kite end. Most fliers will use as long a handle as possible as it allows for greater precision and control (indeed Mr J Mithchell uses extended-extended handles). There is a flip side, long handles are a b****r in really strong winds as there is a great deal of pressure on your wrists. So, short answers, long is good, shorter in strong winds, longer in light winds. The best advice is to try some options and always go with what is best for you. Hope that helps
  20. Just remember when choosing teams....other providers are available!
  21. We could fly a "virtual" team with you! We would come over again, but every time we fly 8000 miles to come and fly in California, there is no wind! Have a great time, we'll be thinking of you.
  22. This is straight up and what's more, they fly great. I got a chance to fly with Alex at Frejus this year. He was handing out flowers to ladies in the crowd using his rev! Well he is French. Any way, these kites look best in a night fly with the lights reflecting off them. I'm not sure what the life expectancy of them is though.
  23. Hi Dave, the Rev 1.5 is the only choice for team flying. Probably..... Seriously though, go with whatever you have. Each kite has it's own forte. I have yet to see a team in the UK use the speed series kites though. That would be something to see. If you need any tips on how to get started, let me know. Woody is also a very good team flier but far too modest to mention it. There is a strong rev team scene in Europe so get in there and have a go. p.s. don't tell everyone how much fun it is, we're trying to make it look difficult!
  24. Hi David, good to "hear" your voice here. I deal with TKC for The Flying Squad and so far have had everything we need. We deal with a guy called Ben Biscoe. If you need something urgently in the future you can always let me know as we carry spares for pretty much everything. What say you we try and persuade the guys at Rev to come over to Europe next year? Warm beer, driving on the other side of the road and fish and chips! Who could resist?
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