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  1. 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).
  2. Thanks for taking the time to produce such detailed and clear instructions for the rest of us 😀
  3. 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!
  4. 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).
  5. 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!
  6. 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 :-)
  7. Definitely looking forwards to catching up in spring:-) Hope you're getting some autumn/ winter buggying in.
  8. Yesterday was awesome. Given it looks like today is shaping up the same I'll most likely head over again this afternoon :-P
  9. Hi All, I thought it was about time I uploaded some new video content. Hope you enjoy it!
  10. Wind looks like it might just get strong enough for grass so I'm heading over to Dingley. Call by if you are in the area. There now. Good wind. :-D
  11. Windsurfing looks like it might just get strong enough for grass so I'm heading over to Dingley. Call by if you ate in the area.
  12. Thanks http://www.extremekites.com.au/profile/2129-the_hatman-obe/ - sounds like a plan 🍻
  13. Thanks Chook - good advice for seized zippers - but I'm talking more fully corroded like the pic attached.
  14. Over the years I have purchased some PL kites only to find the owners haven't rinsed them in fresh water after use and the zipper mechanism has completely corroded. I'm wondering if anyone has replaced a zipper on an ARC style kite and what they used (plus challenges they encountered)? I'm assuming I'll need a plastic zipper to minimise corrosion, and if replacing the whole unit was considering painting the material section with silicone to minimise porosity. Alternately, I wonder if it is possible to only replace the pull tab? Anyone have experience with this?
  15. Hey Doug, sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you recover quickly. Ironically (and certainly not trying to compete) I managed a grade 1-2 tear of my right calf muscle buggying 2 weekends ago. Very gusty northerly resulted in a fast moving OBE and from what I gather the muscle must have torn as I was trying to run too fast downwind. I'm lucky in that it doesn't seem to have stopped me from doing anything (including more buggying)! Interesting injury in that it wasn't even that apparent at the time but I definitely felt it a little later (and still can).