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Thomas Parpoulas

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  1. From the album: Quadlines Greece - Our Revs

    © © 2014, Thomas Andreas Parpoulas

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpah5tqNExA
  3. honored to get your first post welcome and take care
  4. You are totally right Chris, as for the bridles, I did tie that extra knot to both of them bridle edges, balance wise. The lighter trick worked well on the dacron, much easier than folding and sewing for sure! Thanks for the tip! But yep, a battle scarred kite is needed for that learning curve.
  5. Pics attached, noticed some wear on the bridles and the kite edge, for the bridles I tried an extra knot there in order to prevent them from getting cut at the weak point. For the sail edge I was thinking of fold & sew. The plastic and carbon parts got dirty, but all intact.
  6. had 4 hours of close-to-perfection wind for the B Series MV, practiced some tip landing maneuvers mostly and some basic reverse flying. Compilation video, feedback welcome.
  7. non-flying, last week passed in front of the computer screen, creating new material for our media presentations

  8. Greetings, Always encourage to read along with music: https://soundcloud.com/koan-sound/starlite 1 - this is my first blog entry. I've been managing my newly founded Revolution dealership for almost two months now. Blog entries are placed monthly as to note the most important stuff that got studied. Since the first month was all planning and only in the second we received our first 15 kites, i'll start this log from the month we were actually able to fly. A logo for our dealership was created, as well as a facebook page. Also, a picture of me and my sister Christina when the kites arrived to our headquarters. 2 - my first week's observations on the new sport, were that special care should be taken while choosing the ground and wind style when flying our kites. Noted how easily lines can get tangled in random plants around and how turbulent air can make the experience difficult on a kite flying above it's wind speed limit with gusts. Also tested the kite along with an r/c athlete in my country and see how well he manages to understand and evolve on the procedure. All well there as he was very interested and excited on the kite! Dimitris is the first for my eyes to see to get the handle on a Rev. 3 - second week was about starting a catalogue on several models, a photoshooting and first video while also check the posibility of forming a pre-order period. The catalogue was loaded in the schedule, while the pre-order plan was dropped as the economy in the country is weird enough and we don't want to obligate people in stress by collecting advances. The style of dealeship will be catalogue orders for a start, until our eshop is set. Also we introduced ourselves to two aeromodelism forums plus a kiting forum. This attracted good attention from people in the r/c field and 2line delta kiters. A short photoshooting session as we flew posted in this album. Our images are free licensed for everyone that wants them to use. Ask for high definition. 4 - third week we sold our first kite! another video and meeting nice people! A Rev 1.5 SLE, to the head of a local aeromodelism club here in greece. This man was very educated and we made sure to his best service. Also, towards the end of the week we had a kite day with a local 2line delta stunt kite flier. This experience was great, as we flew our kites for many hours in great wind, we both enjoyed our relative sports by switching kites. Later on, I was invited to his house for food and drink. Great day with John! Also I contacted mr Peter Walter Maternus (PAW) to explain some customising on his revolution kite and he was of great help! 5 - fourth week we approached another local 2line stunt kite dealer that owns an eshop as well as a forum on kiting. With Konstantin's first help, we now found an official greek forum to host a new quadline kiting category and formed a new alliance to the one and only 'all things kite' forum that operates in the country. Also we made a new acquaintance with a kite surfer and meeting is planned. Also, as a fresh idea, we approached a puppeteer theatre to find some new introductions, as we had the idea of checking the possibility of puppeteers working as choreographers in quadline kiting. 6 - this pretty much rounds it up. The plans on the next month include the completion of the catalogue, pricelist and lookout for people that can add up to the sport or it's promotion. Also expecting the phone to get a few rings on new orders! Fingers crossed! - Outro. I published for the first time, after a being a photographer for so long, a proper selfie. No more punk stuff from the bathroom, I promise.
  9. Not very technical, but had a good moment or two
  10. new vid! REV 1.5 beach flying and water play:

  11. I guess that you have mastered it by now, but for someone that can relate to your experience, here it goes: Reminds me of my first flight! A good practice for starters, before you get flying, is to set the kite upwards in launch position (bottom part of the kite needs to come a bit closer, not to self launch, explained in the dvd). The handles should be in a fixed position using a screwdriver or something. Lines straight, untangled. Move back from the kite, hold the handles so that the upper lines are stretched out. Now pull the kite just a little bit, lines streched, evenly, (this is the part to discover if your lines are ok). Then, move your hands just a little bit forward to strech off the upper lines a few inches. Remain still in this position. Feel the wind for a short period of time, feel how it blows the sail, then feel it in the lines stretching and unstretching as it goes. If you remain still for a few minutes, you can get an idea of the gentle ammount of force the wind gives, and the gentle ammount of force you are called to apply as to have control. My first flight ended up just like yours because I would generally apply off positions to my wrists, without proper feel of the wind, always overcorrecting. With a little ammount of practice as described above you will get the feel of the wind, which is the most important. Remember that the wind is the main force applied on the kite. Then practice a few gentle take offs and lands. This part is all you need to learn so that your kite won't crash right or left. Wish you happy times of flying, and all the best for your grand daughter!
  12. we uploaded our first short video here, Dimitris flying a B Series Std -

  13. Thomas Parpoulas

    Quadlines Greece

    Pictures from kite Flying & Activities
  14. From the album: Quadlines Greece

    Casual meeting, flying our B Series Std

    © Thomas Andreas Parpoulas - Quadlines Greece

  15. From the album: Quadlines Greece

    Casual meeting, flying our B Series Std

    © Thomas Andreas Parpoulas - Quadlines Greece

  16. From the album: Quadlines Greece

    Casual meeting, flying our B Series Std

    © Thomas Andreas Parpoulas - Quadlines Greece

  17. A beautiful sea & mountain country, warm, you get to fly under the sun for long spans of sunny days that last from March until December. The winds are of good quality for kiting, as are for every kite and other wind related sport. During the winter, we can find a lot of mountain tops and snow resorts that keep the fun rolling. We are playing in the mountains and beaches around the country. Detailed info that you can check, or a way to contact us, can be found in our facebook page, there is a telephone number also. About the wind quality we are checking this website that provides raw wind data: Poseidon System
  18. The first 15 revolution kites in Greece have landed! Very excited!

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