Maybe 'cliff' is a bit too extreme a term. But initially the amount of control and over-control you have compared to a dual line is overwhelming.
The guy that helped me out advised be to sort of dangle the handles on my index fingers (as opposed to gripping the handles -- he then ranted for a while about why rev even puts foam on the handles), and just let the wind take the kite and adjust it to go where you need. I found that really made the kite far easier to control. Soon I was flying side to side, rising/falling, forward/reverse with no major issues.
There's always that momentary "What inputs do I use to correct this thing I have done" that I have a limited frame of reference for vs. a dual line.
All fun. And yes, it definitely puts a huge smile on your face. Stopping and reversing mid-flight never ceases to amuse me. It's always so unexpected.
Keep the kites in their sleeves - the HQ kite bag is essentially a long soft tube.
Mine is a bit worn after one years usage. There is a small hole (like 3mm) close to top side of the long handle, because this is where most load ends up because I often carry the bag vertically on on shoulder using the longest handle.
Good kite bag topic (where also the HQ kite bag is discussed):
that I wish that found before posting in:
writing the post (where the HQ kite bag is discussed contra a ski bag):
I'm glad you're having fun and learning to fly the Rev. It can do soooo much once you get the hang of it. It'll put a grin on your face that can become semi-permanent. Just think of flying and there it is!
I have never heard of the learning curve described as a learning "cliff" but I find it to be quite applicable and descriptive of the process. Once you step over the edge of basic control you move towards the bottom of the incline quickly. However, you soon realize that the cliff has no end. That's what makes it so much fun as well as so much of a challenge.
And the addiction grows proportionately.
Just remember starting out - If the kite is going to crash no matter what - LET IT! Learn to "Give to the Kite!". Pulling just drives the kite harder into the ground! Better to go set it back up, then to go down to find a broken kite on the end of the lines! Step forward, throw your hands forward, even throw the handles at it (extreme case), but learn to give it slack in a crash!
Your kite will thank you!!
Finally managed to get the new Rev out for it's maiden flight (there was a no-wind-blowing attempt a few days ago) over the weekend. Simply amazing but what a learning cliff this kite is.
I managed to do a bunch of beginner stuff with only minimal crashing. A guy flying a gigantic sled kite gave me some excellent pointers, and that made all the difference too.
I can't wait to get out there again.