DrWind

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  1. I'd be up for it but am not so sure Saturday will be that great. I've found Northerlies are best. Southerlies seem to come off residential areas and are a bit gustier for that location. If it dries out after the rains on Friday and wind is moderate to strong and steady I'll consider it.
  2. Hey Darren. Mr Riddle looks great. Was having too much fun to take many pics but here is one at least. It was a good day and a good turn out. A little light but certainly buggy-able.
  3. Assuming the wind does what is forecast, this weekend is looking good for Dingley (NNE 10-15 Sat, NW 15-20 Sun). If Saturday afternoon picks up enough I'll consider heading across. Sunday looks promising with a little more wind forecast. I have been finding anywhere from 15-25 seems to work there, and a northerly bias seems preferable. Hope to see anyone who wants to squeeze a winter run in. Message me if you are considering it. BTW I got out on three occasions last weekend and had some great times. I'm finding if you pick your times well, winter buggying can be great!
  4. Yesterday was fun. I'm playing around with a 9m at the old St Kilda football ground today. Call by if you are local. Went out this morning (buggying) and it was great! :-)
  5. I'm down at St kilda (Elwood) if anyone is local. Conditions ok but bigger kites better!
  6. Hey Karl, Not quite as prepared as you though I am hoping to get up to Falls later in the season - will be in touch!
  7. That's one hell of a spike. Reminds me of this:
  8. Yes son mucking around with his new toy. He's not bad in a buggy either. As fit the tree, it's amazing how quickly you can turn a kite when there are no other options 😉
  9. Here's some footage from Dingley park last weekend. Hopefully the angles will give you all a better perspective of the location for buggying / landboarding. Wind was from the north and at about 15 knots (dropping off as the sun set). Kite is 12.5 Montana. First time out with the drone (lots to learn).
  10. Thanks for taking the time to produce such detailed and clear instructions for the rest of us 😀
  11. Been thinking that's what I need for some time now :-) Great days. Hopefully have a chance to edit some of the footage this weekend. Sounds great Nigel ;-) Early warning has been a bit tough of late as the wind has been a little unpredictable. PM me your mobile and I'll send you a text if I'm at St. Kilda oval (as it is only a few hundred metres from your work)! BTW . . . I am not the total newbie when it comes to ARC's. I currently possess 9 of them ranging from 13 to 19M sizes (Venom's, Bomba's, Guerrilla's F-ARC's), and have been using them on water snow and land since they were first produced commercially. I love their simplicity, auto-zenith tendency, and mostly boosting power for jumping. So I guess I too am a bit of an ARC-o-holic!
  12. I asked some instructors the same question recently. Their response was that they were unsure, but they noted that some manufacturers were incorporating 'partial' closed cell technology at the peripheral of the wings. Both kites and paragliders are made by the same manufacturers in some instances so it is not as if they haven't thought if this. Closed cell wings make logical sense as a means of holding a more rigid aerodynamic profile. From what I gather the problems arise in launching where there are usually only a few seconds for the wing to fully inflate and achieve that profile. Closed cell wings take a little longer to fully inflate. I gather there could also be risks on a launch pad when a pilot chooses to abort with the wing remaining inflated leaving one at the mercy of the wind. Also paragliding techniques such as Big Ears, which are used to lose altitude in strong thermals are impossible with a rigid wing (not critical but many pilots are just used to this). Yet another issue may be that in the situation of a partial or full collapse (which will happen in varying conditions regardless of the rigidity of the wing), a fully inflated wing would be under potentially much more initial strain once it reinflated when compared to a conventional open cell wing which is softer and regains its shape slowly, in other words it would snap back and may easily result in broken lines etc. (not good when you are in the air).
  13. I paraglide and kite (everything)2 and would have to say big jumps like the video below are super dangerous. Paragliders are designed to recover when things go wrong, kites aren't. The wind shift mentioned by the pilot is a good example. Further you have a whole lot more input with a paraglider to fix issues that arise as they arise, and get taught how to do this when learning until it is second nature. Though where there is a way people will continue to push the boundaries, which I guess I don't have a huge problem with so long as they realise they are doing so at their own risk (in some cases significant risk), and hope it doesn't lead to restrictions on the rest of us!
  14. Not sure as I haven't been kite buggying at President's so cannot compare. I did manage to get some drone footage yesterday. I'll upload this once I get some time to edit it and you can form your own opinion :-) I did what you suggested but just found it a bit of a pain wanting to launch itself once there was enough air in it and also the high AR left the kite more open to bow ties. Certainly not impossible to self-launch, but just a bit of a hassle :-)
  15. Definitely looking forwards to catching up in spring:-) Hope you're getting some autumn/ winter buggying in.