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Stephen Hoath

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  1. I would recommend the sticks on the back if you are going to try the bridle. Whilst it does work without them, it is far more effective with them. Infact, if you were just going to do one or the other, I would go for the sticks on the back first. What you really want is for the kite to "bow" backwards a little. This enables the kite to perform spins when it is face down. A good trick to try is to flick the kite onto it's back with the leading edge away from you, then pull the right hand and the kite rotates around counter clockwise until it is leading edge away again but face down. Then flick both hands "thumbs forward" and the kite pops back out. Let us know how you get on.
  2. John I have used this bridle on the kites flown by team Crazy Drivers and have also tried them on my own kites. As with all things, there are pro's and con's. I found this bridle allows for reverse flight equal to or faster than forward. Flic-flacs are possible and an equivalent to back spins. Also possible is a re-launch from when the kite is leading edge down. On the negative side I have found sliding to be adversley effected and as a consequence any move with sliding elements. In any event, the bridle works best if the trick sticks are on the back of the sail. If you are going to try and make one of these bridles it is important to get the same width cord that was used in the original as otherwise, the lengths don't work. Unfortunately, I do not know what the correct dimension is. Fabrice should be able to tell you. He is very happy to talk to anyone about his ideas. It's a shame you are so far away as I am in southern California right now and you could have tried one! Let me know if you want more information.
  3. The Northern Kite group are a great bunch, we see them at several festivals throughout the year. Make a note in your diary to visit the kite festival in Sunderland next July (1st weekend) this is one of the best festivals in the UK. Enjoy
  4. I am not in Yorkshire but a bit further south in Bedfordshire, however, there are a lot of good pilots at your end of the country. I would suggest that you join STACK UK (lots of reasons plus TP liability insurance) and maybe have a look at the MKF (Midland Kite Fliers) as they have a very strong club presence. As for your first kite you are more likely to fly a vented in the winter but I would personally start with an SUL with an extra frame set (medium weight) if you are not an experienced quad pilot. I say this only because learning to fly in strong winds is not as easy and you are more at risk from breakages. My best advice is to find someone local and try one. In the meantime, have a look at http://www.netspaces.com/stack/index.html http://www.mkf.org.uk/ Let me know if I can help further
  5. Rumour has it that they are trying to breed enough rev pilots to challenge iQuad......but that's just a rumour! :wink:
  6. Having been a competitor for a while now (European Quad Champions in Pair and Team) and a judge at various international events I would say chose the line that you like best. However, it is my experience that competitors who use longer lines (100-120') tend to display better compulsory figures than shortly lines. Effectively you can fly the figures at the same size as other competitors but have the kite more in the centre of it's window. It is very hard for judges to guage how big a figure should be depending on the line length. Another advantage of long lines is that you can get a greater speed dynamic. Flying the kite around the edge of the window takes a lot longer and as such seems slower. You can still get the impression of fast speed by flying smaller shapes in the centre of the window. The only negative I would conceed is that in lighter winds the drag can make flight difficult and as such I use 100' lines at 50lb weight. Now of course if you are going to fly a Rev I then you might want to try 150', now that is slow! Either way, try getting a range of lines if you are going to compete because I guarantee when you get to the field you will always want the other ones. Have fun and let us know what you prefer.
  7. This is a bit like asking "how long is a piece of string!" if you pardon the pun. The answer depends on a great many things. Do you fly on a beach or grass? Do you fly indi or team/pair? Do you use just the one set of lines? Do you rotate the top and bottom lines each time you fly? Do you fly near single line kites? The better you look after your lines the longer they will last. Our team would get through a set of lines every two years or so, but we fly them all year round in some fairly poor weather conditions and on sand. I have an individual set of lines that I have used for 10 years and they are still ok (Shanti) however, there is nothing like flying on a new set of lines. I would recommend keeping one set of lines for the beach and another set for grass. You may have to replace the lines used on a beach more frequently but you should get years of use from the other set. Oh and from personal experience, don't try and fight your rev with a "Manta" !
  8. They're just plain sexy! I want one! So what's the chance of seeing you guys in Europe, we could really put on a big show at Berck. Let's have some more photo's of the whole team as soon as you get them flying.
  9. Stephen Hoath

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    Just another small tip for the dive stop. Don't try a fly it at maximum speed to start with. Generally in the team we have found that this type of move looks better if you fly it a little slower. The main reason for this seems to be that the straight line flight is more accuracte. So try all of the tips you have already had but try them medium pace to start with. You will soon get the hang of that and be able to up the speed. If the control goes again (it probably will to start with) slow back down and try again. If you really have problems try to practice fast flying whilst being a precise as you can. Have fun and be sure to let us all know how you get on.
  10. Re the caps "popping off" it sounds as though your bungees could use a little tightening. Not too much but a little should stop this problem
  11. I agree with Sherman, if you can still stand up then the wind is good! We have been know to fly stacks of Rev II's in 20mph the kites were fine but my knuckles now drag on the floor when I am walking. If you really want it to get exciting, use 15 feet lines, now that's quick!
  12. It certainly takes a long time to make the holes and unless you are a chain smoking cigar addict the best tool to use is a soldering iron with a 16mm bit. Also do it outside because the fumes are not good. We made a cardboard template first and drew dots on the sail so that we could have the same pattern on all the team kites. I think this is still a good way of doing it even if you are only doing 1 kite. Let me know if you need any further info.
  13. Just a quick tip for you and your new bridle. The spectra can slip and this will change the bridle. We have had these SUL's for 3 years now and most of the team have had a slip to some degree or other. It is ok if both sides move the same but this does not usualy happen. So the tip, firstly using a permanent marker, put a mark on the bridal where the knot now is. Secondly, dab a little bit of super glue on the knots. Has anyone else experienced this situation?
  14. Nice picture! I totaly agree, setting up a 3 stack takes no time at all, especialy if you leave the kites stacked together. In terms of fun/effort ratio a stack score highly. My favourite move is all the kites bar the front one are lying face down on the ground with only the front kite in the normal (facing the flyer) position. Simply take off and all the other kites pict up into the air. It looks great and surprises anyone watching.
  15. Oh well, I;m gonna have to pass this year, but don't feel too sorry for me because we get to fly a mega team with Flic (from France) that weekend at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival (just next door to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose). It's a tough call though.
  16. Get thee behind me Satan......when was that again? On a more serious note, what would be the best American festival for a European Rev flier to come to?
  17. Now John you know that's not fair. Taunting me with a mega fly and in Califoria........mmm...... is it too late to book a plane? Oh well, next time, but be sure to post some pictures.
  18. Hi there, my team (The Flying Squad) fly stacks of 7 Rev II's and they are an absolute buzz. We have been known to fly them as low as 2mph (360's are a challenge but possible) and for high winds we take 4 off and fly 3 stacks. They have been flown in demo's up to 20 mph. This year at Berck we flew a techno routine with these and tails (some one played the wrong music!) . You all NEED a stack of these. Infact, buy two and put them together and then you can fly 6 on your own (join a gym first) or split it to fly with a friend. Any idea of what colours you are going to do?
  19. Hi Cath, just a quick thought on the cracked rod. In the past we have made a quick repair by stuffing the cracked end with some 6mm carbon tube, about 25mm longer than the crack should do it. Glue this in and then use a little electrical tape on the outside. Whilst this does add a little weight, it really makes little or no difference to the flying. I still use a rod like this and I made the repair about 2 yrs ago! As for the other issue, I believe that you could substitute an Avia or Sky Shark tube for the broken rod but try and balance the kite up. So for example if they have broken a down spreader then they should use the new style rod on both sides. The same is true for the outer sections of the leading edge. This technique has two benefits, the flier now has a spare Rev rod and you got to sell them two new ones :wink: I hope this helps?
  20. If you are going to keep "dog staking" then you should get Lolly to make you a rev with their logo printed on the back and upside down. We have been thinking about this for the team as a great deal of the time the kites are staked out on the ground leading edge down. Nice picture though.
  21. I spend most of my time flying revs in team. Here is one of my favourite shots of my team. A question for you all, what is the best Rev picture you have seen?
  22. Re replacement rods, if you really can't get hold of the real thing then Avia is the closest in stiffness to weight ratios. However, in 10 years of flying revs in competition and demos (including 4 European titles) you just cannot beat the real stuff. Infact I am still using the original rods I got way back when. I only broke one rod and that was because the megabyte tried to eat my kite! So the moral is, there is no substitute. but that of course is just one man's opinion :wink:
  23. The only picture I have is of the "test" we made. We are proud to be supported by Rev and fly all their kites until it hits 30mph+ then we have to fly these. If Rev were to make a kite for these strong European winds then that would be great, but I am not sure what sort of market there would be. So far we have not got around to putting wholes in a brand new vented 1.5 but that will be the next step. On a visual side, the venting gives the kite a pastel look and so using a kite with bold colours in the first place is the best option. I think I have attached a photo which should help give an idea of what can be done. This type of venting with an SLE spar will give good control well past 30 pmh.
  24. Troy has some good advice but it is difficult to find the mesh material in hardware stores in Europe as very few people have insect screens on doors and windows. However, try these guys, http://www.vliegerop.nl/index.php They stock just about every type of kite material known to man. Good hunting.
  25. Bon Jour mes amis. I anteresting way of venting an existing kite (if you're brave enough) is to take a large soldering iron (16mm or so) an make a series of holes in it across the whole sail. Leave a gap of 5mm between each hole for sail strength. (If you're not confident try burning half the holes first and then if this is not sufficient, complete the others) This is very effective as you do not need to do any sewing and also it does not add weight to the sail. This means that the kite is still very light and will fly in lower winds than a normal version. Bon courage! :wink:
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