West Coast Rev Clinic

March 16-18, 2012 – Long Beach, Washington

- SORRY, CLASS IS FULL, THIS CLINIC SOLD OUT IN JUST 4 DAYS -

Introduction

This FIFTH annual event will be focused on addressing individual, pairs and team Rev (quad) techniques for NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE and MASTER level pilots, led by 10-time national multiline champion John Barresi, with full participation and instruction from his teammates on Team iQuad and special guest instructor, Spence Watson (aka Watty).

While the obvious focus is on Revolutions for their superior flight characteristics and durability, Instruction will happily be provided to anyone with a kite that has the essential quad line flight characteristics such as hovering, reverse, forward and sideways flight.

The very nature of Rev flying, both individually and as a team is fun, relaxed and very forgiving, so if you’re even the least bit curious, this is a premier opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and prolific Rev pilots in the world.

You can find ongoing discussion on the RevKites.com forum by clicking here.

Sponsors

The Kite Shoppe
Kitelife Magazine

What is included in my registration?

Your registration will include unlimited access to any of the workshop sessions and instruction on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as automatic entry into prize drawings yet to be announced which will be drawn and awarded to participants who attend the dinner gathering on Saturday night, March 19th.

** A portion of registration proceeds will be donated to the World Kite Museum.

 

Basic Schedule

FRIDAY, MARCH 16th


12:00pm to 5:00pm – Casual (bonus) Day

With Friday still being a workday for many, it’s scheduled as a truly optional day for those who are able to attend for some relaxed pre-clinic interaction and learning with instructors and other students.

  • Pre-clinic welcome
  • Personal coaching
  • Equipment tuning
  • Open team flying
  • World Kite Museum

SATURDAY, MARCH 17th


8:00am to 9:00am – Meet & Greet
(Not mandatory, but highly recommended.)

Now a tradition at this event, we’ll be meeting at the World Kite Museum for free coffee and donuts, general workshop orientation, introductions and it also gives instructors a chance to learn more about their students so that they can address as many individual questions and obstacles during the course of the weekend.

Please do your best to be on time for this portion… While it’s certainly not mandatory, be assured it will help set a tone for you personally by getting to know most of the other participants and instructors, as well as what to expect.

  • Welcome and thanks to clinic sponsors
  • Introductions: instructors and students
  • Instructional materials and resources
  • Overview of clinic schedule

9:30am to 10:00am – Pre Flight 101
Required for all first time clinic participants, open to all attendees.

This portion of the clinic is a simple introduction, various ways to combine, use, maintain and manage the various types of Rev equipment… Having spent literally thousands of hours with these kites since the team formed in 2006, iQuad has identified a variety of techniques and inside tips that will greatly minimize your frustration level and maximize your actual flight time.

  • Rev sail types and uses, assembly and tear down.
  • Different spar options, uses and mixed frames.
  • Bungee tension / sail tension checks (vertical spars).
  • Cleaning your sail, general kite maintenance.
  • Line types, weights, lengths and applications.
  • Line equalization / checking for stretched lines and fixing them.
  • “2 minutes IN – 2 minutes OUT” (line winding, unwinding, storing).
  • Adjustable handles, why and how.

10:00am to 12:00pm – Skills Training (part 1)

Novice I (instructors: John Barresi and Spence Watson)

  • Body (stance, arms, hands, handle grip)
  • Launching, loading and line tension
  • Re-launching from the ground, inverted (crash position)
  • Essential inputs for steering without over-control
  • Group question/answer session

Intermediate I (instructors: Bazzer Poulter and JD Fabich)

  • Sliding from sideways hover or upright
  • Hovering at odd angles
  • Basic flight patterns (figure 8, squares, etc)
  • Edge of window exercises, all maneuvers
  • Targeted landings, straight or at 45 degrees
  • Light wind techniques
  • Group question/answer session

Advanced I (instructors: Steve de Rooy and David Hathaway)

  • Inverted slide.
  • Flight maneuvers (compulsories)
  • Combinations, connecting maneuvers
  • Beginning team maneuvers (docking, thread, ball, burst, etc)

12:00pm to 1:00pm – BREAK

We’re allotting one hour for lunch and “decompression” time between clinic portions, you’re welcome to pack a lunch with you and make the most of your time or head into town for a meal from any one of the fine vendors in town.

  • Lunch
  • Solo time (practice learned skills)
  • Specific Q/A with available instructors

1:00pm to 3:00pm – Skills Training (part 2)

Novice II (instructors: Bazzer Poulter and JD Fabich)

  • Hovering upright and facing right or left
  • Hard stops, in control
  • 180 turns
  • Group question/answer session

Intermediate II (instructors: John Barresi and David Hathaway)

  • Inverted hover
  • Tip pivots (up and down)
  • Bicycle rotations (spin in place)
  • Clockwork turns (1/4, 1/8 in place)
  • Reverse flight, straight flight path
  • Group question/answer session

Advanced II (instructors: Steve de Rooy and Spence Watson)

  • Traveling (L-R or R-L) bicycle rotations and clockwork
  • Reverse flight, curves and corners
  • Tricks (Axel, Flic Flacs, Falling Leaf)
  • See-and-do exercises (like “Horse” in basketball)
  • Advanced team maneuvers (blender, fly through, weaves, etc)

3:00pm to 5:00pm (or end of day) – TEAM PRACTICE

Novice (instructors: John Barresi and JD Fabich)

  • Figure eight following
  • Formation flying
  • 180 turns
  • Threads

Intermediate (instructors: Bazzer Poulter and Spence Watson)

  • Threads & Matrix
  • Balls & Bursts
  • Odd/Even Diamonds
  • Radars & Pinwheels
  • Benefits & Compound Benefits

Advanced (instructors: Steve de Rooy and David Hathaway)

  • Twister
  • Blender
  • Super Blender
  • Scissor Bursts
  • Bangers & Mash

SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH


9:00am to 9:30am – Roundtable Discussions Q&A

We’ll dedicate a quick 30-minute session to an interactive roundtable discussion to address any specific hurdles or obstacles and afterward, we’ll work with pilots on-on-one in NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED groups, based on what they’d like to continue working on out of the previous day’s curriculum… If you feel like you’ve gotten everything you can from the classes you took on Saturday, it is also completely acceptable to jump to another skill group if you feel like you’ve progressed sufficiently to do so.

10:00am to 11:00am – Skills Training (part 1)

Novice I (instructors: David Hathaway and Bazzer Poulter)

  • Personal coaching

Intermediate I (instructors: Steve de Rooy and Spence Watson)

  • Personal coaching

Advanced I (instructors: John Barresi and JD Fabich)

  • Personal coaching

11:00pm to 12:00pm – BREAK

We’re allotting one hour for lunch and “decompression” time between clinic portions, you’re welcome to pack a lunch with you and make the most of your time or head into town for a meal from any one of the fine vendors in town.

Lunch & Solo time (practice learned skills)

1:00pm to 2:00pm – Skills Training (part 2)

Novice II (instructors: JD Fabich and David Hathaway)

  • Team Flying

Intermediate II (instructors: Bazzer Poulter and Spence Watson)

  • Team Flying

Advanced II (instructors: John Barresi and Steve de Rooy)

  • Team flying

2:00pm to 5:00pm (or end of day) – GRID PRACTICE (instructor: John Barresi)

With mega team groups becoming larger and larger every year, the GRID format allows a much larger group of pilots to accomplish incredible cooperative feats in a much smaller space with far less confusion… The format requires a basic set of knowledge which we’ll cover in detail during this portion of the clinic, and will be required for participation in some of the 2010 WSIKF mega flies.

  • Body position and conduct
  • Entry/Exit from the grid
  • Basic maneuvers

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Where Can I Stay?

We’ve gathered a list of local accommodations with varying price ranges, take your pick:

 

What Should I Bring?

Clothing & Food:

We recommend each participant come prepared with warm clothing (layers are best), including basic rain gear… Even in the event of inclement weather, those who are comfortable should be prepared to enjoy flying, fun and hijinks, unless the conditions turn absolutely sour, in which case we will move the activities indoors to the Museum for a hands on, interactive workshop using “simulator” techniques.

Also, be sure to pack a lunch, water and sun block! The natural flow of our beach workshops allow for people to relax and have downtime as people cycle through the learning process… While we won’t be taking an official lunch break, you will find plenty of time to breathe, eat and enjoy your day on the beach with other kite fliers.

Equipment:

For the individual skills, any Revolution or similarly capable quad line kite is acceptable, using pretty much any quality or length of lines, although spectra lines are recommended.

For team skills, a Revolution 1.5 of any model (EXP, SLE, B-Series, etc) is required, along with a 120′ set of 90lb spectra quad lines, which is generally the accepted international standard for Rev team flying.

While there will be a limited amount of communal equipment available during the workshop, it would be beneficial to come equipped with 2, 3 and 4 wrap frames, as well as both standard and vented sails to take full advantage of any wind conditions that might come arise.

One of our WCRC sponsors, The Kite Shoppe will be on hand with kites, lines and parts for those who need to purchase anything.

 

Directions

The Saturday morning meet-and-greet will be held at the World Kite Museum and all outdoor portions of WCRC will be held on the beach at the end of Sid Snyder Dr… From the World Kite Museum, just drive toward the ocean until you reach the sand… It is a hard packed drive-on beach, so depending on your vehicle, you might be able to park right next to the flying area.

World Kite Museum
303 Sid Snyder Drive
Long Beach, WA 98631
360-642-4020

(click here for an interactive Google map)

 
 


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