Went down to Cocoa Beach today hoping to get to try out an Infinity V2 or V3. Way too much wind for that today, but I did get to try the 11 & 13M.
Dimitri shows up, and he goes 90 to nothing, getting set up and before I know it, he has 6 kites ready and a kite in the air headed to the water "saying who it going first". I expected some kind of sales pitch, but what I got was "here, take this kite out and tell me what you think". Winds were light and gusty on my first time out, so it took me a while to find the right angle to get back to the spot. I thought he might be kind of irritated at how long it took me to get back, but as soon as I got there, he had a 13m flying and sent me right back out. The wind picked up and the cool guys started showing their stuff.
We were at the "520 slick" which was kind of a tight launch area and somewhat crowded. I am used to having a whole lake to myself, so I kind of felt like an Amish dude in Time Square on New Years, but all the people there were friendly and helpful. The winds there were strange because you had to keep the kite much higher than I am used to, due to the trees upwind (northwest today). In spite of the area and winds being so strange to me, I had a blast.
Once I was done, I started watching the show. There were some good kiters there, and Dimitri's big air skills are a site to see. I watch every kite video I can find, but seeing it up close and personal was much more impressive.
I'm sure this sounds like I am trying to "pimp" Epic, but I am not. I am saying that if you get a chance to go to one of Dimitri's demos, you should. You will definitely get to try some kites, and get to see a great show.