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  1. Here is a vid from when I first got my Zen. This is my goto when nothing is moving. Put 50# lines on and go for it.
  2. I am spending the month of March in Navarre between Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. Anyone fly in that area. If so let me know. I do a lot of Rev and dual line. Also interested in Indoor. John
  3. Sunday Nov 13 at 11AM there will be a Rev clinic in Fort Collins at Fossil Creek Park. If you have interest in joining us please send me a message on here. We plan to work on basics and try to get an idea on the skill levels on the front range. We will also try to do some team flying. There are already 6 people expressing interest. John
  4. I started on a REV 2. I learned. I think once I got past the launch roll over and crash phase the REV 2 was actually a better kite to learn on in that it forced me to learn to respond quickly. When I went to a 1.5 that seemed so slow that I was able to progress very fast there. Advice. Use long lines because of the speed. On your first launch go to the top of the window and stay there for several minutes and then fly around in small patterns. Enlarge the patterns and when you are comfortable doing that drop down in the power zone and start tempting fate. Good news is Revs are put together with a shock absorber system. Crashes are not that bad. John
  5. I agree with the use of Vimeo. You Tube is still doing screwy things with Warner Music Group music. I just uploaded a video to YouTube and had the sound blocked. This could be a stumbling block. If you spend a lot time putting something together and then find out you run into the old problems fromWMG and Youtube. I don't think you have that problem with Vimeo. I have just uploaded the video there that was rejected for YouTube WMG problems. http://vimeo.com/30983808 John
  6. Ben you have the best ideas. Sounds like fun along the lines of Virtual Freestyle. Maybe you should have the judging done by the family. Avoid controversy. John Maybe do an indoor next.
  7. Detergent Dawn. Take the section that is oily and soak in very soapy sudsy water. Do not put the not oily section in as you my spread the oil. Do that a few times until all of the oil is gone. Then do the entire line. I think that is best thing you can do for your lines. Don't scrub just let the soap do its thing. Then rinse and then lay out the line to dry or go fly to dry. John
  8. Sorry I meant Wed the 13th. I am in Seaside all week and will be flying everyday. We leave on Sat to move over to Long Beach. Sue Resz is coming up on Wed for our annual fly. John
  9. There are a few of us that will be flying at the turnaround in Seaside, Or on Wed July 13. Nothing special just flying. Please join us if you want to share some wind. John
  10. On our way to the coast we are visiting our son in Truckee, CA. Dropped in at their new Rec Center. Beautiful new facility with 2 basketball courts. They have several hours of open gym every day. I went at 7AM for a couple of hours and had both courts to myself. The staff was friendly and as long as I didn't wipe out any bball players they were ok with me flying. If you are in that neighborhood give it a try. I suggest early morning. They open at 6AM. Link http://tdrpd.com/rec_center.html If a club were looking for a venue that would be a great one for a fly or competition. We should develope a list of known kite friendly indoor venues on this forum. That always seems to be the biggest stumbling block to people starting indoor flying. John
  11. My question on any spray or wax coating to renew your lines is does it build up and get sticky like bacon grease. Does it also pick up dirt and sand. I suspect that a good washing to really clean the lines would work better. John
  12. Word about the nasties. Melanoma is no joke. It starts at the skin level and then goes deeper then to lymph nodes. From there it is very bad and very quick. The sunscreen is probably good at prevention but your childhood exposure and probably genes determine if you will have melanoma. But why chance it, use sun screen. Also you can get it in the eye so good wrap around sun glasses are important. Remember we are always looking to the sky. The key thing is to detect the melanoma early. The gauge is the thickness or depth. If it is less than .9mm there is a good chance of sucessful surgery (complete removal) and no recurrance. If it is thicker that means there is higher probability that it has spread. So if you have one time is your enemy. Mine was diagnosed at a free clinic which reccomened a visit to the dermatologist and biopsy. Ironically the young nurse that took care of me had one. Her 4 year daughter discovered it. She asked what the funny spot was on her mom's back. It was a melanoma. So kite flyers pay attention to your skin and get anything suspicious checked and get it done as soon as it looks suspicious. My result looks good. They thought it might have metastacized but now they think it hasn't. Mine never did look like a melanoma, it just looked suspicious. Take care Mtn Flyers' friend
  13. I consider practicing precision on a REV fun. The REV is a precision machine. So acquiring precision skills on a REV is fun and the way to do it is by doing the compulsories. Why else would you learn to fly in a cirlcle backwards or really try to hold your spot in the sky during clockwork, or slide horizontal thru a lollipop. Hey the other stuff is fun but dead nuts on is fun too like in darts or horseshoes.
  14. ! Kite: Custom Revolution BPro Standard Magic Recipe: Skyshark P90 Leading Edge, 2PT Verticals 15feet x 50LB LPG Line Enjoy -Darryl Did you do anything with the bridle or was it standard B series? Why not use 90lb line to tame the lines. John
  15. I have had a problem with this. Wind window is defined by the kite and line pivoting around the pilot 180 to left and right and straight up and is a rectangle. Figures are defined by that. The pilot should be able to define the window before flying the figure and the better the figure is flown in that window the higher the score with the judges never looking at the pilot. This is much more important on dual line and figures like steps down. The other problem is the figure is defined in a planar format and flown on the perimeter of a quarter sphere. It has bothered me that many judges have different views on this and no one seems ready to do the definitions. Guess that goes with a small sport in a subsection that is unpopular. John
  16. patience unending patience. Also good to dull with file or emory the points on the needles.
  17. Happy Birthday Jim. Looking forward to seeing you and Lynn this summer. I need a dose of the Kids. John
  18. I agree with that. Also being close to the kite gives a better understanding of what is happening. What the pitch angle is and how the sail is reacting visually. Also I think you learn about putting the kite as the REV is more positional than a dual line. And catch and toss is fun. Plus the REV does better jazz on low wind short lines. John
  19. Equipment wise. 50# lines and either race or 2 wrap. Anything else is technique. Same will apply to the ZEN. I always fly my Zen with 50# lines. It is not the weight of the line but the thickness and associated air resistance.
  20. I think that is the absolute best advice. People are nice. We all share our parks. Most evenings here it is hard to find a spot to fly. That is what 30 foot lines are for. John
  21. I got a Zen last summer. Since then it has been my most used kite. Also the most photographed. Got some wild colors in it. I flew it for a demo last week on 30 foot lines at the festival with low shifty winds. It worked using my ultrasensitive neck hair as a guide I was able to stay down wind (wift) easily. We typically have very low winds and the Zen keeps me flying. Also flying with 2 wrap center on LE and Race all the way around the rest.
  22. Nice style of flying. Next sunset fly for me will be with some music like that and trying to make my kite more interpretive of the music. Like the whole production of the video. John
  23. I love these videos. I am learning a new way to approach indoor flying from them. The pilot does not fly the kite. The pilot and the kite dance (fly) together. This is adding a new dimension that is fun.
  24. My line strategy is. On light winds up to about 5 or mph I use 50#. No sag in the lines for more instantaneous response. This is usuall a full sail 1.5 or Zen. Above that I use 90# and just increase the venting. Full Vent up about 35 or 40 works. Above 20 new Rev Thong would be best. I hate line sag. John PS: Indoor or short line outdoor 90# for line handling.
  25. I am very impressed with the third video. I spent a couple of hours in gym today trying to pickup some of the tricks and moves using an indoor Rev. I love the way the pilot and kite dance together. As I work on improvement that is the direction I want to go. The circle on the floor is impressive. I like the speed of the moves too. I am a fan.
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