Xmas at casa de Barresi

Nice Christmas this year, TK’s 3rd in the USA… The first time, she came to visit from Japan over the holidays… The second time, she had just (permanently) immigrated from Japan the October before… Now, we’re here, together with more than a year behind us and it just keeps getting better, absolutely.

I’m grateful that we found each other, and for all of our friends and family out there who make it that much more special.

Among the goodies we got under the tree this year, 2 sets each of custom Pro handles from LS Custom Kite Accessories (available through your local Rev dealer)… These are a little different than the stock handles though, as TK’s have red foam (her favorite color) and my handles are actually modified standard 13″ handles with Pro tips added, snagless, but all the same traditional foam and diameter that I’m accustomed to.

Also under the tree, a semi-matching (complimentary) set of the new Xtra Vents… TK’s in red and white, mine in blue and black with a mini-fade along the trailing edge.

Happy holidays everyone, we send our love, wishing you and yours all the best!

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Video Tutorials, now and in the future…

For those who haven’t seen them yet, there are still selected video tutorials for Rev flying at LearnKites.com along with translated subtitles in several languages…


A full selection of 16 tutorials are also available in the Kitelife subscriber downloads section in both HD and iPod/iPhone formats.

  • Larks Head Knot
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese, Hungarian
  • Line Management
    Subtitles: English, Japanese, German, Lithuanian, French, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian
  • Line Equalizing
    Subtitles: English, Lithuanian, Spanish, Japanese, Hungarian
  • Assembly and Disassembly
    Subtitles: English, Japanese, German, Lithuanian, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Hungarian
  • Body, Posture and Grip
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Basic Hovers
    Subtitles: English, Lithuanian, Spanish, French, Hungarian
  • Inverted Hover
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Side Slide
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Reverse Flight
    Subtitles: English, Lithuanian, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Bicycle Rotation
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Sail Loading
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Tuning Theory I
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Flat Relaunch
    Subtitles: English, Japanese, German, Chinese, Lithuanian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Thai, Hungarian
  • 3D Flying (Catch & Throw)
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Lithuanian, French, Chinese, Hungarian
  • Light Wind Flying
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Hungarian
  • Flic Flac
    Subtitles: English, Spanish, Hungarian

While this project has been stalled for a few months due to lack of time and unfavorable weather, I’m looking forward to tackling a whole new set of topics as we head into 2011… At this point, I’ve already got more than 25 additional subjects on the docket for filming, stay tuned for news via the usual channels. 😉

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The birth of iQuad… 2006.

In 2006, my friend David Hathaway and I attended the World Sport Kite Championships, he as a spectator / reporter for Kitelife and myself as a judge… In between the WSKC competitions, European Rev teams and fliers we doing mega flies with anywhere from 12-20 pilots and we were all over it, experiencing Rev team flying for the first time… Under the superb leadership of Stephen Hoath (Flying Squad) and Ben (FLIC), we learned a whole lot about Rev team formations and calling techniques.

Event report – http://kitelife.com/magazine/wskc06/

After that, David and I returned to our regular tour of Northwest competitions along with Todd Rudolph who was also just starting to get a handle on Rev flying…First up was the Cutting Edge Spring Fling in Ocean Shores, WA.

Messing around with really simple team maneuvers, we fully caught the bug and agreed that we would be a team as of that day… But who to recruit for our fourth pilot?

Well, turns out it would be already well known dual line pilot Egan Davis from David’s neck of the woods in Vancouver, BC… He literally hung out behind David, Todd and I for pretty much all of Friday before the competition started and clearly intrigued, he went home and practiced A LOT, enough to actually come out and join us at the following event.

Event report – http://kitelife.com/magazine/issue48/springfling06/content.php

As of this post, it’s been just a tad more than 4-1/2 years since the first three members of iQuad were stumbling through their first Rev team maneuvers without any assistance… Nearly (or a little more than) 100 events and thousands of miles later, we couldn’t have made a better leap with lots of memories, countless good friends, and even more importantly – a strong family.

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