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  1. bump . . . still have the kite . . . not used since first posting. any interest at $250 including freight
  2. hahaha. . . . oops . . . sorry . . .
  3. hi Norman, i am not sure how much use it had before i got the kite . . . Goz (Jamie) might have an idea . . . maybe the guy who had it was a kiteloop demon on one side actually, Goz said he had checked the kite lines etc and all good so he knew that the bar lines would be out . . . one rear was out by about 2 inches . . . one front by about 1 cm . . . there are heaps of adjustment points on the wingtip bridles but i feel it is better if the lines are even on the bar so that it can be used with any other kite . . . as for the auto zenith, it was almost painful trying to get someone to grab the wingtip for me so i could land the kite . . . had to fly the kite directly to the guy with some momentum or else it would start its vertical ascent before they could grab it . . . serious auto zenith feature on the edge of the window again i am new to this feature . . . so maybe it was just me . . . not used to it . . . any feedback/suggestions would be great . . . i have the kite for another week . . . i tried the kite on my own 4 line bar with free running front line safety . . . to me, it felt less hypo than with the split front line that is much closer to the kite . . . but i didn't really get a chance for a good comparison as the wind was dropping off by then . . . was considering this kite for a water/snow kite but not so sure now . . .
  4. i finally got the charger out in what would've been 15 with some better gusts . . . i must say it needed a bit more wind to perform . . . i am 87 kg . . . coming from the pump up C and SLE type kites, i must say what a pleasure it was to walk down, roll it out, open the zipper, set up the lines, close the zipper . . . show the far wingtip a bit of wind and launch . . . too easy . . . jerk the front lines to get it up to zenith if the wind is light . . . this thing flies in almost nothing . . . it will fly right above you . . . puts you on edge but all is safe . . . it just floats back . . the charger is quite fast and reactive to bar inputs but it didn't seem that easy to keep it locked in one place . . . the bow style kites tend to favour the water when placed on the edge of the window . . . a contrast to riding the charger that wants to auto zenith . . . like it has a phobia of hitting the water . . . something that i guess you get used to but opposite to delta style kites that i have tried before. . . the kite flies well through the air and does develop some power on being sined . . . in a few gusts, it showed it is a nice jumper . . . wish the wind was a bit stronger . . . sure it would float well . . . i gather it would be a great kite for riding swell or waves . . . it follows well in light airs and will turn very very quickly with some good bar input . . . very simple to loop this kite . . . i found that i was basically riding with my hands in the centre . . . which i like anyway . . . but the bar seemed a little large or maybe it was the fact that it felt a little slippery that made me feel that i was not getting a good grip when wet. . . the fancy white inserts in the foam covering look good but feel awful under the finger tips and will for sure end up peeling out . . . this bar already has a hint of that . . . i used the 10 on the 23+3m extensions . . . i can't say i am a fan of 3 pulleys on each wingtip . . . having said that, i gather some of its turning ability is due to that setup . . . maybe even helps with the depower stroke but i would not know . . . am curious why they have opted for the split front lines up near the kite rather than run the 2 front lines from just above the trim adjuster . . . possibly due to the safety running through a small hole in the trim loop . . . i think the split up near the kite may cause the kite to be more reactive if not a touch more hypo . . . but again i don't really know . . . would i buy one? not sure if i can get used to its desire to want to go up to Zenith all the time . . . maybe it was my settings but i think it is in the character of the kite . . . i certainly like a stable kite but not sure i like this feature . . . don't like the lack of adjustment options on the lines . . . but this is no biggy as it can be so easily alterred so that it does have adjustment . . . . i think the manual says to tie the lines up to an anchor point and pull hard to get them even . . . i have to thank the guys here for this Demo program . . . so important to try gear and see if it suits your personal riding preference before buying . . .
  5. got the charger this arve . . . have only checked out the bar and lines . . . and got the lines even as they were out by a bit . . . . Luckily Goz had suggested that they needed checking . . . everything looks very well put together and functional . . . the lines are thick and solid looking . . . but obviously prone to stretching from maybe one sided favoritism when it comes to jumping or looping . . . now assuming that i have not missed something . . . here is my only criticism of the setup . . . . no real way of adjusting the rears to compensate for uneven stretch . . . can be easily remedied though if they change the way the rear lines link at the bar near the floats . . . as for the front lines.. . . similar problem with regard to adjusting but again can be easily fixed . . . will write more when i get to look at the kite . . . . and fly it . . .
  6. bump . . . any interest at $250 + freight
  7. i have a 2008 Model EH Ripper 6m for sale . . . it is a very fast kite in the air both with regard to turning and speed through the air. Purchased as a high wind kite for on the water but with my weight, it requires quite a lot of wind despite its ability to develop some amazing apparent wind. The kite will fly on almost any 4 line bar and will almost fully depower on a 30cm trim line. The kite is located in Townsville, North Qld Price is $320 + freight
  8. PM me if you don't get a sale from Easy above . . . cheers Mario
  9. hey Steve, if it is still available, i will take it
  10. Turbo Carbon FR 135x41
  11. hi Pete, i am afraid i don't know much about kite size for buggies . . . and what i say below is my impressions . . . not necessarily the same as other rider's opinions . . . on the water . . . the 7m Ovando does not quite replace my 9m ripper in terms of bottom end. . . an 8m Ovando would for sure . . . the 7m Ovando is a blast to use . . . it is fast through the air and in terms of turning . . . can turn on its wing tip . . . i have read that the 5m is even quicker and develops a lot of apparent wind easily too . . . but realise that the Ovandos should not be left unattended above you . . . whereas you can get away with that on the Rippers . . . at least that is my experience . . . as far as the Rippers go . . . the 6m is an amazing little kite . . . and the 8m 2006 model was my favourite for a long time . . . the 9m just has a better bottom end and isn't as spirited . . . again . . . hope this has been useful to you . . . i am in Townsville if you ever want to have a look at them . . . maybe Alva or Bowen tomorrow if the wind does not reach up this far . . . Mario
  12. hey Barrie, just a note on the 13m . . . i think it is built different to the other size Ovandos . . . by that i mean, i think it has a lighter build and no double LE . . . just ask about it before you get it . . . i think it is this way because it is meant to be the lightwind flagship . . . not sure if the double LE is important to you but it does give the kites a super strong build and stiff LE . . . i gather the 11m is worth a try . . . can't really comment on the 5m, 11m or 13m as i have neither used them nor seen them . . . the 7m is an awesome little machine (very fast) and the 9m is great too but not as high spirited as the 7m . . . as expected . . . 45cm bar on 7m and a 50 or so on the 9m. . . . finally . . . EH site says not to try to use any of the Ovandos in over 30 knots . . . i don't think this is just a butt covering statement . . . He has other designs that are better for nuclear winds . . . at this stage anyway . . . hope i have been of some help to you . . . as for the guy asking about the 9m ripper . . . 9m Ovando has more grunt but less comfortable in the top end than the 9m Ripper and perhaps needs a bit more attention . . . each have their own strengths . . . each are very nice to fly but different . . . depends what you want to use the kite for . . . i like both . . . Mario
  13. hi daniel i have a 2006 model 10m EH Ripper . . . good condition . . . no repairs etc . . . it is an SLE kite though not the best learner kite out there . . . it is very responsive to the bar . . . and needs a certain technique to relaunch . . . relatively easy once you know how though . . . if interested, i'll post or send you some pics . . .