I used to fly dual lines back in the day when you'd be lucky to see one Rev on the field. I was intrigued by the new kite shape but strangely my, then, kite flying pal poo-poo'd them. So we flew the dual lines till life interfered, the kites got stored, dusty, neglected and then finally sold off before the nylon wasted totally away. I kept one kite, my 3/4 'Top of the Line' North Shore Extreme, anyone remember those? It was a agile little kite that I had learned to fly on and its sowen and glued nose attested to the many crashes I and other learners had put it through.
A few weeks ago, having dug out my rainbow dual line for a little old time flying down at Garry Point near Vancouver, another flyer welcomed me and in conversation mentioned the upcoming annual kite festival at Vanier Park. Those days of kite festivals have such warm memories for me so I borrowed my friends' three year old and took her for a day with the kites. She loved the teddy bear drop, I loved the 16 Rev mega fly!
I was totally stoked after watching the precise and creative maneuvers of the quad line kites at that annual BCKA festival on Saturday. Late that night I was hovering over the netbook doing search after search, gathering knowledge and information on the Revolution kite. By Tuesday of the following week I had a B-Series Night Rev on order from 'A Wind of Change'. B-series seemed a good place to start according to much that I had read and the highly praised online store carried the Night kite whose colours were particularly appealing to me as I am one to shy away from too many dark or subdued colours on a kite sail.
My goals are clear. I want to build up the basic skills necessary to fly in a group. Group flying was not something I had done much in the past, well not flying purposefully in patterns with others, though I suppose you could say we often flew in groups, with many of us on the field, yet each of us flying in our own world. I would love to fly together, really together, with others and it looks like the Rev is throwing the door wide open for kite flyers everywhere to join together in flying. How very exciting!
I am very cautiously also hoping that some day I will have developed the skill to actually fly as part of a team. I know there is the local Island Quad team nearby but I'm not sure if there is actually a Vancouver team of Rev flyers....well nevermind, if there isn't one now maybe by the time I'm become a real Rev flyer a team will emerge and I'll be there following the leader.
In the meantime, I wait, trying not to be impatient as I dust off my kite skills with my little dual line. Winds of Change have said that due to the Night Rev's popularity, they are out of stock at the moment...ahhhhhhh...<thud>....
...patience my heart, patience!