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  • Jason

    104kph Buggy Speed

    By Jason

    Some good winds between Christmas and New Year here in SEQ. Decided to dust the cobwebs off the buggy and get the bearings turning.  Running Sysmic 2 Buggy with Midi XL tyres. Kite- Ozone Edge V8 with 24m lines. Location - Skirmish Point Bribie Island (Beach)    
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  • .Joel

    World Records on Extreme Kites

    By .Joel

    Today, Extreme Kites releases a World Kite Records section that allows us to look at the past whilst stepping in to the future.  The new World Kiting Records section is fully uniform with drag & drop uploads for your GPS images and optional GPS data. It's fully searchable with a set of filters allowing you to really drill down in to the information that has set each record.  You can filter to find out whom the fastest pilots in your country are, perhaps you want to know what the top speed set on a GT-Race buggy is?  Even better, what about finding out the top speed set on Discs with a Peter Lynn Vapor?  All of this and more is either possible today, or within the next month as more information gets added to the database. Previously we've all been limited to records being maintained in Wiki's, Forum Threads and Personal Blogs.  The one thing that all of these inherited was that they are all up to an individual to maintain whether it was here in our Community or elsewhere.  Instead we've built a system so that there's a whole team from today and forever in to the future maintaining a database of peoples' personal achievements.   This is just the beginning, last year we went through a whole site redevelopment explaining after years we had to finally take two steps back to be able to move forwards and bring you the type of online experience we wanted.  We did this by launching the new website, then following on with sections like Blogs, Reviews etc.  The Kite Buggy Speed section is just the first, over the coming weeks we'll include more sections along with other kiting disciplines like Landboarding, Kiteboarding, Kite Skates and Snowkiting.  We aim over time, as a team to build the most comprehensive, searchable database of World Kiting Records available. Kind Regards,

    Joel T
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Rib background / disclaimer

Before I show how I do the ribs, a bit of a disclaimer, mine is not the definitive method, it is only my interpretation of what works.  I have not found very much on the net which details methods of making ribs, in fact I have found only one, which I used as a basis to upgrade my NPWs.  The way I see a rib (or keel) is to spread the load of the bridle across the kite surface rather than connecting direct to the kite. The downside is the profile is fixed on the rib, so not much leeway to tune the bridles, the upside - less bridle lines and a much smoother kite surface.   The first method for my NPW involved hot cutting two identical ribs, sandwiching them together with a line sewn between in the top edge, not so bad for an NPW where there are only two needed for each side, the result was a smooth kite surface and 5 bridles instead of 10:
I then had the opportunity to fly a certain prototype, which was a single skin with ribs, the method used for the ribs was much simpler than I had tried, but looking at the pictures I took whilst flying made me realise the rib was not really working as I thought they should, the skin has stress lines below the bridle attachment indicating the load is not being fully spread across the rib:   And so I have arrived at the method I now use, the stronger the wind is, the smoother the kite surface is, this was a one-handed grab a quick pic, which hopefully shows the difference and why my method may look long winded and not one you'd see on a commercial kite, but I think it's worth the extra time:

BigE

BigE

 

Making the videos

Here's the video making process!....... I start off by copying all my video files onto an external hard drive.  I have 10 files from the SJ 5000 cam (should have turned the image stabilization off as it hates being mounted to the buggy).  Joel very kindly has given me the drone files from the first few flights, so another 6 files from there.  15 .mov files from my SLR.  47 files from my hand held gopro and 42 files from the ION Air Pro mounted on the back of the buggy. Once that's copied over, I view them in Xilisoft Splitter and cut the bits I want for the videos.  Some for a Longstar Video, some for a Peak 2 video and some for an A & B Kingston Video.  I had decided earlier that I wanted a couple of Kingston videos - one with more time lapse sequences and some nice celitc music and the other a bit faster.  Another big time waster is I have to convert all the 2K drone files as my editor won't accept them.  So once I split the bits I want from the drone files, they have to be converted back to something my editor will accept.  (If I wasn't so scummy and updated my editor to the latest version then I wouldn't need to stuff around with the converter). About 4 or 5 hours gone so far.  Once I've got the split files I rename them all with things like 'A Joel funny dance' or B Doug behind claypan.  That way I know which video they're going into and what the content is.  I could do all this in the editor but then I'm dealing with large files with generic names and I get confused easily. Meanwhile I'm thinking about what shots I want in various places in the video and what bits I want to slo-mo.  Which is the next step - take all the long 20minute sunset or cloud files and speed them up in the editor.  I can only speed up to 10x so a 20minute sunset becomes a 2 minute file.  Still too long, so after rendering them, I re-import them into the editor and speed 'em up another 10x.  I'm going to try and keep most of the clips in the video to under 10 seconds each - probably more like 6 or 7 seconds.  Might depend a bit on the music. Thinking about the music, there's a track I did with Que Decree in the 80's - a very silly piece of writing set to some good tempo rock music.  Except I don't want the lyrics and I want to insert some slow bits into the music for the timelapse sequences.  So I will have to re-record that.  Which will involve programming the drums, then laying down the guitar, bass, keyboards then lead guitar in roughly that order.  The other Kingston vid I'd like to use a Cara Dillon track that I quite like.  The Peak and Longstar vids will get some tunes that I've already recorded. Next I will take all the 'A' videos and put them into the editor.  Working out the sequence is the tricky part.  Then putting the music in and moving/cutting the endings to match the beat.  Then I have to think about what titles/labels/names/descriptors to put in and how I want them to display.  After that, I'll hit 'render' and have a watch and see if I want to go back and re-do anything.  Things don't always turn out how I think they will and I'll often watch the vid and think 'meh, not what I'd hoped for'.  Occasionally it comes together well and I'm pleased.  Sometimes the music is all wrong and I have to go back and do a new soundtrack and re arrange clips to suit. I've just about got all my clips organized and ready to put into the editor.  With a bit of luck, some will start appearing in a few days time.....

Bill

Bill

 

Share and share alike...

So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all.  A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town.  There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 

Mez

Mez

 

Ribs the start

Starting with my printed out plans, and the bit's I need to do the ribs: New material laid out and weighted down to keep it taught.  Steady hand and a bit of patience to trace the plans on to the material: One side done ready to cut out: Now to repeat for the other side and all the ribs are ready to be worked on.  

BigE

BigE

 

Finally, a beach day!

An on shore wind started up around 11.30am so after a quick cuppa at the lobster (who's called Larry btw) we made for the beach and had a really great day running from the breakwall at Kingston up to the granites.  The 6m P2 was brilliant in the 6-12 knots that we had over the course of the day and even the Pansh a15 made an appearance later in the afternoon - and looked good. Bull had the 7m Brooza up and running and it looked great against the blue sky.  The wind started to turn more southerly around 3.30-4.00pm and made returning from the granites very hard work.    with ssw'erly winds forecast for today and the claypan likely to be a bit greasy this morning, I'm going to head home today.  It's been a fabulous trip with some brilliant bugging and great company!

Bill

Bill

 

Kingston cooks up a storm....literally!

An amazing storm came through early this morning with some fantastic lightning on display. Before heading to bed, we watched it out to sea, hit Rob's home town, before it gracefully made tracks to the quiet town on Kingston where it didn't disappoint.  We unzipped the front end of the trailer tent, whilst dodging the rain drops, enjoyed Mother Natures light display. I hear John, tinkering around, so he's also up watching too. This was not to be missed. She did a good job with the pyrotechnics! Went on for about two hours!  Last rain falls heavily around 7:30am to leave in its wake, a beautiful blue sky to dry out everything.  Trailer held up, only pooling in the one corner, and a couple of drops inside but all up, dry.  Just have to wait for the pan to dry now. (Plenty of time to fix my blow out on the blow-fly) 

Mez

Mez

 

More claypan goodness

A couple of really good days on the claypan with quite a few turning out for the fun.  Chook rigged his pole dancer up and proceeded to hurtle past us and pull in front spraying us (well me, anyway) with gypsum or whatever the claypan is made out of.  You sure you haven't been talking to Mik333, Chook?  Joel gave his Phantom 3 quad a spin with very, very impressive results.  He's kindly given me the files so I can put some aerial footage into my vid.  A quiet day today with just myself and Tiger37 out on the pan for a brief run during the only part of the day the wind blew.  Alexander had his birthday party on the foreshore in front of the caravan park this morning with some light wind stunt kite flying included.  There's only been very brief westerly winds this year making the beach pretty much a non starter.  Thank goodness for the claypan which has really saved our bacon. (And half cooked it on occasion).  Looks like good wind for the claypan tomorrow but also a little bit of rain likely with Thursday looking very light at this stage.  If you're wondering why I'm signing in as Bill it's because I can't add a blog entry as 'admin' - it's set for 'members'.  Outsmarted myself yet again! The poultry assassin.....

Bill

Bill

 

The winds of change....

I thought I'd post up the next couple of days wind forecast, then again the same couple of days, just to show you how unpredictable the wind came be.  Forecast as of Tuesday 19th January 2016 8:40am.

Mez

Mez

 

Rev it up.....

Monday 18th January 2016 Dougie @igeighty having fun with his 1997 Revolution II. One of his first kites - from brand new. Thank you to @KaoS for the spar replacement. Last flight for this one was 1998, it broke its spar when it fell from its display at home a few years back. John's turn....

Mez

Mez

 

Going going gone

Very little wind this afternoon but still wanted to go landboarding, I pulled out the old 6m ozone little devil grabbed my board and off to the Oval. Just got set up and working hard to keep the kite up with light wind, when a gust picked up lifting the kite and myself. As I let go of the bar I realized I didn't have the safety leash on. Standing in the middle of the Oval looking up at the kite thinking it'll come down it'll come down. Last I saw it was headed towards upper Beaconsfield,  in a thermal spiraling upwards.                    This is a good excuse to buy a new kite, and a reminder to put the safety leash on before launching.

Crackers

Crackers

 

Sunday Clay Pan Dango!

Sunday 17th January 2016 An afternoon in photos..... Enjoy!  I shall update throughout the day. Good Morning Kingston - morning walk as the sun came up. Formula One Pit for Kite Buggies - Doug @igeighty Mez of the pan! @mezzararty Trevor's 9 meter Flysurfer Peak - a bit strong in today's wind but what a lovely looking kite? @Tiger37 John started out with his Ozone Access XT 4 meter. @jhn.holgate

Mez

Mez

 

Big day on the claypan

We made an early-ish start on the claypan today to get there before the wind died off.  I measured the wind over several minutes at an average of 6 knots......but not for long!  Took the cheeseburger wrapper out and had a good run out and back before the wind died to 1.5 knots.  After standing around for 20 minutes with a few false starts I gave it up and sat down in the shade with Trevor, Shane, Doug & Mary.  After about 3/4 of an hour the wind turned onshore and started to rise so we all jumped in our respective blokarts and buggys.  The wind slowly rose over the afternoon to around 20knots with Chook, Rob, Nigel and Bull joining the party.  Another great day out!

Bill

Bill

 

Home Already

After a whirlwind of activity at the Hospital yesterday I was released back home into my own care yesterday afternoon. HUGE THANKS to Jason fro Briskites who came into to visit me just as news that I was being released came in just before 1pm yesterday. He was a champion and helped me pack my gear and transported me out to the airport just in time to make my flight. I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to do that for me, that is truly unbelievable customer service  you won't see other kite stores giving that level of service.  12:45 I was informed my flight was at 15:15 just as I was sitting down to lunch. Quickly ate lunch and packed gear into my bags and Jason went out to grab the 4WD. A quick dash across Brisbane to the airport with a bit of a display of the Mighty VW's agility at the green lights and we arrived with just enough time to spare to run through all the medical forms (8 pages) at the Qantas passenger Check in, a quick escort through security where I was given a swab test because I was all sweaty looking (yes terrorists must look similar to spinal patients just released from hospital, still even had the armband on). Still don't know how the detector didn't light up like a Christmas Tree with all the prescription drugs in my system from surgery and recovery . Then a quick dash out to the plane via golf cart and a little over an hour later wheels down in Rockhampton to be picked up by my mate at the airport. It was awesome to get home and collapse into my own bed last night. I haven't slept much since Monday when the whole adventure started. By the time I unpacked had a shower and collapsed into bed last night I was having trouble seeing straight as I had blurred double vision from a mix of painkillers, lack of sleep and exhaustion. My biggest problem this morning was waking up with a very full bladder and then discovering I couldn't move my head enough to look down and take aim at the bowl.   

Goz

Goz

 

Friday 15th January 2016 - Running Blog

Another beautiful start to another day here in Kingston. A quiet morning with a gentle southerly breeze, roughly 18 knots but no fear, the 23 knots is near! It will pick up towards late afternoon - ready for the Clay Pan.  Went on a walk this morning, down along the beach (only downside is the smell of the rotting seaweed) The water, very calm but no dolphins this morning. Then up onto and along the pier and back along the foreshore. There's a co-op down that way which I'll investigate and get something nice for Doug's tea later. Right now, it's 10am and after a coffee, I think we're off to investigate the Clay Plan option for a pre-lunch fly/sail shortly so I'll sign off now and add more as the day goes on.  To those of you travelling down/across - safe travels and we'll have the kettle boiled ready Mez x **UPDATE** John left for the clay pan earlier today - get a text saying its 5 to 20 knots out there and a bit scary at times. Drive past Rob and Chooks site on the way to the grocery store - they have ventured out to fly also. Trevor arrives around 1pm with his van. If you haven't met Trevor, he's a lovely man, greets both Doug and I in a warm and friendly manner and all that after travelling so far!  At the grocery store, I pick up a 7.5kg water melon for Doug - $22! And we thought they grew out this way. Anyway hopefully it is money well spent as it will go down a treat later.  Its still too bitey in the sun for the three of us but the winds are picking up still so with a bit of luck, we'll head down to the pan before the day in through.  **FINAL UPDATE** Trevor, Dougie and I head out to the pan as its gone three and we haven't seen John, Rob and Chook all day. We find them all seated having a chat, waiting for the wind to become a little more consistent. I take the wind meter out with me - 20knots is pretty consistent so John puts up a Nasa Star 2 1.5 meter and "Bull" (who found the gents on the pan) also went out, but I'm unsure as to what he flew as I was admire ring his Dodge! Broom-Broom!  John hands the Nasa Star over to Dougie, who like a little boy in a strange, yet fun place, takes hold of the reins, anticipating it's behaviour but soon lets out a "Whoop" and as Bull leaves, followed by Trevor, Chook and Rob, John and I are left patiently waiting for Dougie to park up. He would have stayed out there longer, given the opportunity but grumbly tummies soon take over.  After dinner, we're joined by John, Trevor, Rob, Shane and Nigel (who arrived whilst we were all out) and Alexander, who took a fancy to John's buggy wheels on the back of his truck. I glance over and see that Cape Jaffa lighthouse has its light on, so as people say their goodnights, Dougie, Rob, Maggie and I go and investigate. Turns out that today, the Lighthouse celebrates its 144th birthday and from now on, will display its light on the 15th January each year. I'm allowed to climb to the top - so not only do I climb my first lighthouse (a great passion of mine), I do it all in my slippers! Happy Birthday Cape Jaffa!  Another awesome end to yet another amazing day in Kingston S.E.

Mez

Mez

 

The Pain Train

Been off the Fentanyl Intravenous Delivery System for nearly 24 hours now and the pain at times has been excruciating. I was flat out lilting the medicine cup with my painkillers in it to my mouth before. I can see it's going to to be a very  long couple of months while all the muscles that have been stripped away from the back of my neck slowly rebuild.    

Goz

Goz

 

Great Southern Land

For anyone who has ummed and arghed about making the trip to Kingston, no more excuses, it's bloody amazing here! The drive up from Victoria was a warm one, but the start of an adventure. Some amazing natural rock formations coming into S.A truly had the wow factor and it is amazing how different the landscape is.  Kingston, is a quiet little town, about 250kms south from Adelaide and is protected from the direct Southerly winds so the sea doesn't display the crashing waves like that at Sandy Point, but a gentle changing tide (I do miss the sound of the waves though)  We arrive Tuesday afternoon and set up camp at the Kingston Caravan Park, very clean and has running water by each site. We met up with John and Rob, and also meet Chook from WA for the first time. It feels as though we've know him for ages! Great company! The evening takes John, myself and Doug out onto the Clay Pan - wow what a place. I have never seen anything like it.  As far as the eye can see - a vast emptiness of flat surfaces, and a trusting wind (approx 15 knots from the South) With Doug flying his 4 meter Ozone Method. The sun sets on a perfect arrival day. Wednesday and we wake up early for as soon as the sun hits the tent (around 7am) it warmed up. We head over to the grass area out the front of the caravan park. Doug is first to put a kite in the air, a two line R-Sky, John puts up his Longstar on handles, and Chook displays a rather beastly looking Revoltion 4 line which takes a fancy to Rob's head. Rob plays with his Ikon 7 - as he feels it may have a puncher, turns out that he didn't secure a valve tight enough, as for me, I try the blokart with the 5.5 sail but with the light winds and the thick grass, I can not even get started. Doug had the idea to sail it up and down the pavement and has a ball until I demand it back. Yes it was fun!  In the afternoon, we head back over to the clay pan for a very windy session at 20 knots from the south-west. Doug puts up a 4 meter but soon feels over powered and changes to a 2.6 Peter Lynn Viper. Rob had his 7 meter Ikon up! He's a crazy bloke!  John flew one of his Nasa's and Chook flew his PL 5.2 Vapor. Anyway all going smoothly, John comes in, followed by Rob, then Doug but we loose Chook. After about 15 minutes, we still do not see Chooks kite in the air so Rob and I head out to look for him - in case he had OBE'd some where. We find him down the very end of the pan, trying to get his kite up - he'd been trying to relaunch after adjusting his new lines but the wind was that strong, his kite wouldn't behave. In the mean time, Rob gets into a sticky situation and bogs his van, so I help Chook get back in the air, so he can return back to base, get his patrol and come rescue us.....hang on, weren't we meant to be rescuing Chook? Anyway, thank you Chook and Doug (and Maggie too) for coming back to get us. It was threatening to rain and a few lightning bolts were spotted but fortunately it misses us (and hits Melbourne - check out the report of the the Spirit of Tasmania II ferry) It's been a long day and everyone sleeps well. Doug makes a comment that Rob's tracks will remain for thousands of years! John says he can still see tracks from last yearsbuggy run!  Thursday started off cloudy and a lot cooler than yesterday. We wait till the afternoon to fly as although cooler, the sun has a bite to it and you can feel the burn! Back down to the clay pan - the winds haven't been right for a beach session yet but in strength, they haven't been disappointing. Rob's happy as he picks up a new kite from the local post office - a new Ikon 3 meter inflatable. He's keen to get out and test it out. We head off late afternoon and I feel anxious from at the strength of the wind. I do not have a sail small enough to take the Blow-Fly out. John starts with the Nasa 2.5 but after a run up and down, comes in to down size. Rob tries out his new kite, shits a brick when he gets it up on two wheels and at one stage has the wheel about six foot off the ground. Doug flies his 2 meter Brooser but retires early after snapping his lines and Chook too suffers a severed line. The winds were forcast 23.4 knots - it was probably gusting 30-32 knots at times. Strong enough to blow Doug's GT Buggy a good 30 foot and park itself next to John's buggy. Everyone stayed within eye sight of one enough, sensible is such winds but funnily no one suggests this, it just happened that they all chose to keep close, after yesterday's events. Anyway, stop at Subway for dinner on the way back - and back to camp by 10:30. A cold night tonight so will need to rug up. Can't wait to see what adventures we be sort tomorrow at Kingston S.E!

Mez

Mez

 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Arrived on the Tuesday - Chook and Rob were already setup in the caravan park with Doug and Mary arriving a bit later in the day.   Headed to the beach and while it was 'high' tide, there was still more than enough hard pack to kite on.  The wind was cross on shore but we managed a couple hours of kiting in moderate conditions.  Wednesday morning saw some static kiting and Blokart shenanigans on the foreshore which was a bit of fun.  Steve was staying in a house nearby and wandered over to introduce himself.   In the arvo another epic clay pan session starting of with a 15knot NW'er which then died, turned to the SW and came up with a vengeance with gusts to probably 25knots and punchy.  We were starting to pack up but had lost sight of chook who'd been fairly belting around - even with the binos I couldn't see him so Rob and Mezz went in search in robs van.  Chook was way down the far end of the lake sorting out some line stretch and was fine.  Rob however got bogged and chook had to kite back to grab his 4wd to go and pull rob out.  Despite that, it was a damn good arvo. 

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

 

Code That Shits Me

<Rant Mode>
I've been putting a new section together for Extreme Kites which I personally think is going to be another incredible resource over time, it'll be announced on the XK News Blog shortly.  I would have released it earlier but after getting it to about 90% ready for launch I did a "minor" update between versions on the website to apply some new patches.  Well it totally borked the new section, seeing as documentation is fucking scarce on some things finally today we had a break through! Worked fine on Monday.... <section data-controller='core.front.core.lightboxedImages' > {{$images = $record->customFieldDisplayByKey('gpsimgs', 'raw');}} {{$images = explode( ',', $images);}} {{foreach $images as $image}} {{$url = \IPS\File::get( 'cms_Records', $image )->url;}} <a class='ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image' href='$url' > <img src='$url' class='ipsImage ispImage_thumbnailed' alt='$url' style='max-height: 34px'/> </a> {{endforeach}} </section>
Works fine on Thursday.... <section data-controller='core.front.core.lightboxedImages' > {{$images = $record->customFieldDisplayByKey('gpsimgs', 'raw');}} {{foreach $images as $image_url}} <a class='ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image' href='{$image_url}' > <img src='{$image_url}' class='ipsImage ispImage_thumbnailed' alt='$url' style='max-height: 34px'/> </a> {{endforeach}} </section>
And for anyone that knows what the i'm ranting about above.... well you just worked out what the new section is as well   I'm heading for Kingston SE in 48 hours, so we'll see if I can get this completed before then otherwise it's something to do each night from the Cabin until it's finished.  

.Joel

.Joel

 

Nothing to show yet

In my head the build has started, in reality nothing to show yet, after a recent house move I've put my stash of material (for this build) somewhere very very safe!  In the meantime I've tweaked my wing tip design, printed all the templates (in A3) and stuck them all together.  Done some web surfing and settled on a design to appliqué to the wing (or maybe both sides).  Only problem is the design will be in black, you can't see through the material to trace so it's a matter of cutting the design out and drawing round it on the material, but more of that later..... where the f@@@ is that material? This is top of the list to run across the mid section of the wing:    

BigE

BigE

 

Scar Tissue

Today I got to see the damage from the spinal surgery courtesy of photos taken by the nursing staff.  This was the scene this morning when they checked the dressing. Looks a bit of a mess and sporting a new haircut.    During the day I was bought some entertainment by the physiotherapist. I have to suck on the mouthpiece to lift all 3 balls in the tubes 5 times every hour to get the lungs working properly again.    Then the big reveal this afternoon. Drain has. been removed and the scar nearly joins up with the one from the last operation.    At least I got coffee and mini vanilla slice for afters. 

Goz

Goz

 

Music to tap my painkiller button to.

My anaesthesiologist has thoughtfully provided me with a large bag of Fentanyl and push button to give me a top up as required. I don't sleep well in hospital,  so I'm lying here with my mp3 player full of music in one hand and the giggle button in the other listening to Pink Floyd - Comfortably Number struck me as being a suitable track.  Anyone got any suggestions for other appropriate tracks would also go well with healthy doses of painkillers?   

Goz

Goz

 

Red Bull Ragnarok 2015

Once again, I found myself on the vast plains of Hardangervidda in Norway with kites all around me. We arrived Thursday morning after a 5-6-ish hour drive and before that, a 3 hour trip by boat and checked into the rented apartment. After an hours sleep we was ready to go check out the conditions, so we drove out on the plateau. The race is in the end of the season this means the day temperature often is just around zero degrees Celsius or even a few degrees above, this means the snow is more ice than powder, so once more I decided to go for skies rather than snowboard.
There was a lot of wind so I put up the 12 meter Peter Lynn Charger II and off I went. I tracked around 30 kilometers and hit a top speed of roughly 55 km/h – not too bad for a freestyle kite and a pilot who has never skied without a kite before (and not much with a kite actually as well.
After a bit of hassle, I managed to change my race class to skies and we went back to the apartment to get a good night’s sleep. Everything pointed toward the race would be held the next day and so we checked out gear one last time and hit the sack. At the race meeting the next day what everybody seems to know already was confirmed; it was race day! A course consisting of 5 laps each measuring 20 kilometers (bee-line) surely would put even the best kiters to the test – and there was some serious kiters present, and then all us weekend warriors, heck even a few contestants who has just learned to kite a week before the race. The preliminary reports from the spot said up to 15 m/s (28-30 knots) and complete whiteout on the plateau, but was supposed to clear up. Around 300 kiters went out to pack their gear in the busses, needless to say you could cut the tension with a knife, everybody was super excited to see what was in store for us. We managed to get on the first bus taking us to the spot and arrived with 1½ hour before the expected start. A quick reading and scouting of the area along with the session yesterday made me put up the 12 meter Peter Lynn Charger II and head out to check the starting area out. I was fully powered on, the sun was shining and the snow wasn’t as icy is yesterday, what a great day for a race. The wind was forecasted to be quite stable, with a small chance of getting just a wee bit higher, so I was confident I had chosen the right kite. The start was postponed one hour due to whiteout, not that we could see anything in the start area; the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky – a friendly reminder on how conditions can change up here. We decided to save our strength and only did a few quick runs, completing the course would mean at least 100 kilometers worth of snowkiting - that will take its toll on the body. We was just about to set up the kites and find a good spot to await the horn, but then we heard the start was postponed another ½ hour. We went out for another scouting run, and it was quite clear the wind had dropped but I was still able to climb the mountains, so I decided to play it a bit safe, I knew from last year I could expect more wind on top of the mountains. Still I couldn’t shred the thought that I might have been better off putting up the 18 meter Peter Lynn Charger II, then again I could easily and quite fast change kites after the first round if that was needed – and surely I had enough wind to finish the first round.
Like last year I decided to start a bit in the back, being on a freestyle kite I was not competing with the race guys anyway – and I would rather not get tangle during the mayhem-to-be. The start was postponed yet another 15 minutes, oh how frustrating everybody could feel the wind was dropping, but there was no time to switch kites. Suddenly the yellow flag came up, 1 minute to start and everybody started slowly moving towards the line – then the horn sounded and bam 300 kite dropped in a massive powerstroke. It was on! I soon found myself in the middle of the pack; there was kites everywhere I tell you. It might sound unlikely, but the only place there was any kites was on the ground in front of me – but what a relief. After a few hundred meters we found ourselves in a wind-hole so I had to work the kite a bit – not the easiest task with this many kites in the air, but I managed. I could see the first gate that – unlike last year – was placed on the flat and not on a mountain. Further ahead I could see a lot of kiters was struggling to keep the kites in the air, so I decided to go a few hundred meters past the gate before I turned. It turned out to be the right decision and I was heading up towards the second gate, after a minor incident where a guy dropped his kite in my lines and I had to relaunch it before I could get on. It’s a part of the game, and last year I was the guy who dropped my kite in somebody’s lines, so I guess it’s a karma thing. Now the Red Bull guys like to challenge us and they didn’t disappoint us this year, just after the second gate we faced a very steep descent. Not something I was mentally prepared for, so I quickly decided to go and see if I could find a better route. I managed to find one and began my descent, but in a combination of excitement, adrenaline and inattention, I caught up with the kite and in dropped from the sky.
I had no other choice but to walk the lines, not the easiest task in knee deep snow on the side of a mountain, not to mention actually launching the kite there. But after a good 40 minutes I managed and let me tell you it felt good! The wind had dropped further, but the way to the third gate was a beam reach and I soon passed that as well. The race had been on for a good 1½ hour know and there was kites everywhere on the course, I decided to follow some of the closest kiters after all they might be on their second round and know the course by know. From the third to the fourth gate was nearly dead downwind and counting in a gentle descent from gate three, it’s not the worst situation when on skies, but I decided to tack down, I really didn’t feel like catching up with the kite and having to walk out the lines once more. Down in the valley I made good speed, but only for a while, then the wind completely vanished, I mean just gone. I saw one of my mate’s kites on the ground; it looked like she was stranded as well. Oh well there was nothing to do than to walk up to the fourth gate and see if the struggle would be rewarded. All of a sudden, we could see a lot of kiters moving up the mountain towards the third gate, they came with the wind it would seem, clearly they also brought complete chaos. I counted at least three kiters who managed to completely block the gate with their kites/lines – obliviously not intentionally but quite unpractical. I decided the stay and help a bit; there was nowhere to launch my own kite anyway at the moment. It didn’t take long before the guys ahead was once more having trouble keeping their kites in the air. I decided to take a slightly different route to be able to stay on the top of the ridge, it paid off and I managed to get a fair bit further than most of the guys. But eventually I couldn't even keep the kite in the air and I was once more stranded, the view as astonishing and I didn’t really feel like walking a few kilometers back to gate four. Once more I saw one of my mates, she manage to fight her way up to me and we hang out there for a few minutes – and all of a sudden the third mate’s kite was seen on the horizon. He started the race on a small 6 meter Peter Lynn Fury, but after the first round he then switched over to the 11 meter Peter Lynn Leopard.   Once more the wind picked up, another testimony on how quickly things can change up here. After a bit of fiddling with my lines I was up and on my way. Given the wind it actually went ok towards gate five, I was able to climb the mountain, since I only had a rough idea on where the gate was it was quite lucky I actually found it. I was nearly on the top of the mountain when I managed to crash the kite on the downwind side of the mountain, I thought for sure it would be close to impossible to relaunch there, this time around lady luck decided to smile at me. With close to no hassle the kite was in the air again – ok now where is that damn gate five? I decided to cross the mountaintop and in less than 50 meters was gate five, what a lovely sight. The rest of the way to the starting line was easily covered and I moved towards gate one. What I didn’t knew was the cutover time was 18.00 and it was now 18.30 – ok well back to the start area and pack up. When I returned one of my mates waved vigorously at me yelling I missed gate six! Cutover time or not I decided to finish in style and pass the sixth gate. So disregarding the cutovertime I actually managed to finish one round this time around. I didn’t bring and water or food on because I was expecting to finish one lap in one hour, and not 4½ hours, so the water and Red Bull was highly appreciated. I have secured my spot for Red Bull Ragnarok 2016, this time I expect to be using my Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus and actually finish the entire damn race :-) Our video from the trip:
https://player.vimeo.com/video/135031204 And we was also interviwed for the official video:
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