Tied to the Sky / 4 string kite
If you haven't tried a Revolution kite - you really have to take the plunge! Revolution kites are one of the most dynamically expressive and interactive sport wing kites you can enjoy today! If you have, you know the thrill first hand and are at work studying the master flyers and tuning your kites and accessories for your personal flying preferences.
You also know that Great Canadian Kite Company is hands down one of the best Canadian sources for Rev kites and accessories including lines, custom handles, frames and replacement parts - all at competitive prices with great personalized service!
B-Series flyers will recognize the extended leaders on their handles but for those of us flying 1.5's and other Rev kite packages the extended leaders may be new to us.
The extended leaders replace the top leaders on your flying handles. They are almost 2 times longer and have a series of knots along the length of it. These make for a series of points to connect your flying line to the handles. Each point alters the aspect of the wing (kite) in effect adding or reducing brake. This ideally helps tune our kites not only for the conditions but also our flying preferences and abilities.
We had time to spend with the Master himself, Jon Baressi and among other things he shared his tuning tip for new fliers on B-leaders.
"Start at the end knot, try to launch, bring in one knot at a time until you can launch. Every couple months, do the same approach again and as they get better, their "happy knot" will be further and further out."
It is a very simple and practical approach and with practice your skills will improve dramatically. When we teach people to fly Revolution kites we like to use handles with extended leaders because we find it increase flyer success much faster. The sooner our students experience success with their kites, the sooner they're tearing up the sky - with a big grin on their face!
If you have a set of handles with the normal leaders, not to worry. We stock extended leaders here at the Great Canadian Kite Company. The are so easy to install! You may want to consider including those new leaders with a new Revolution kite as well!
February 8 and I discover it is National Kite Day. February? Kites? Maybe for the the adrenaline junkies racing across the snow pulled by large traction kites, or perhaps for the lucky folks in southern climates where cold and snow are not a reality - but February 8th in Southern Alberta?
Well, God was smiling upon this prairie boy today with a gorgeous sunny day at a balmy +16 degrees Celsius and a lovely west wind about 20 kph. The flying field was clear and dry - so I couldn't have asked for a better day in February!
I started off with a new favourite - the Toxic by R-Sky. Such a sexy dual-line kite, tuned right in and she snapped to attention. Had times where I would toss it around the sky to the delight of the children in the school yard across the way as they pressed up against the chain link to watch the Toxic strut her stuff. Lots of cheers from the pint-sized audience! Made this kite flying hack feel like a pro!
The recess bell rang and the children returned to class and the I started practicing forms, and a few more graceful patterns. It has been a long while since I had opportunity to enjoy an extended period of time to fly.
As you probable know - a kite day is not complete without some time with Revolution quad line kite. The winds had diminished to about 12-15kph so I chose one of my favourites - a full sail1.5 with a 3 wrap frame in our shop colours O'Canada. Talk about therapeutic! OMG - sail loaded so nicely, the wind wasn't too trashy at all. I was a bit concerned that my injured right arm would struggle with control but even my body chose to be gracious on this lovely day. I like Revs for so many reasons, I like the precision, the outa box unidirectional control, introverted flying , stop at a dime, and the way they hover, like they are nailed to the sky.
(The only bummer was couldn't find the power cord to my video camera to get the battery charge and shoot some video. I'd like to blame my kid... but truth be told... I think I'm the guilty party.)
FYI - used Shanti Warp Speed line on both kites today. Love Shanti line - performs greats, lasts forever!
A fantastic day - and the good news... the rest of the week is looking even better! I hope that wherever you are that you have time to get out and fly whatever puts a smile on your face!
P.S. - April is National Kite Month!