On the same weekend that the politics of the continent were being fought out in the annual Eurovision competition, Rev flyers from across Europe demonstrated their ability to cooperate in a truly international mega-team at the Ostend International Kite Festival. Â Representatives from England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and Spain braved strong winds and stinging sand to show off their skills to the even braver audience. Â Not only did we need excellent flying skills we also needed to be able to quickly process calls being given in at least 4 languages! Â Congratulations to Stephen (The Flying Squad) and Marc (Air4ce) for keeping us in order.
The wind was not kind to the festival, showing that you can have too much of a good thing; blasting us with wind speeds of more than 40 kph through out the weekend and gusts of around 100 kph! Â We were all “blown away” by more than the wind and must thank Lien and her team of hardworking volunteers,Â including the ever-smiling field director who weathered all that the weather threw at him.
While sheltering from some of the worst of the weather, Gee and Ryan decided to make up a kite more suited to the wind we were experiencing. Â It flew really well too (Ryan even got a axle out of it!).
Ostend is a fabulous kite festival in a stunning location and we are already looking forward to next year’s 30th Ostend LOTTO International Kite Festival.