That kite initiated a 180 degree turn in many people's expectations of what a sport kite should be - how it should fly, what it should be capable of... how it should sound
Or I should say, the Nirvana and the R-Sky videos that accompanied its release. Though many may not remember, Avia brought the CdC STX series to the US at nearly the same time, and those kites were of a similar breed. The "French Invasion" of 2003 changed the face of sport kite flying in the US - I know the direction of my flying changed almost overnight. Not to mention that without a Nirvana, there would have been no Machine, no Viper Sport Kites, no Sturdy Kites, nor a great many other designs that emerged in the last 10 years.
Thanks for posting this, Steve.