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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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Surgery time again.

Another couple of years have gone past since last lot of spinal surgery and once again  I find myself waiting to go under the knife again for more work. Currently lying in a hotel room in Brisvegas trying to sleep on the eve of some major spinal work being done. Tomorrow the Neurosurgeon is going to cut a large slot in the back of my neck, cut away all the muscle from the back of my spine behind the neck and cut a couple of large wedges out to f the back of my spine and give my spinal canal a port and polish so I don't end up a quadriplegic. Hopefully tomorrow night if all goes well I will still have the use of my arms and legs. It's been an interesting and frustrating year with my fine motor skills slowly degrading and all manner of nerve pain throughout my body.  Hope to be back on the beach kitchen again within a few months. I have asked the Surgeon for a few holiday snaps of the procedure as this is how I'm spending a big chunk of my long service leave recovering from this one.  Hope to report back in  on a successful operation in the next couple of days. 

Goz

Goz

 

Tattoos in western society – a bit of history

So in a not too distant past tattooing (And body art in general) was the mark of sailors and criminals –  if we for a minute ignore the fact that Frederick IX of Denmark (1899 – 1972) was quite tattooed for a royalty – and didn’t mind showing it off in the interview with the American magazine LIFE. But then again he was educated in the Royal Danish Navy so one could argue the part about sailors still holds true J Frederick IX of Denmark was quite tattoed and not shy of showing it. Within the last 20-30 years’ tattoos has become more and more mainstream. I fair guess would be that you can’t be in a room with 4 (adult) people in Denmark without at least one of them has ink somewhere on their body. A fair question would be to ask why it has gotten all this traction within a relative short timeframe? No doubt the Danish king’s approval of tattoos had a big impact in the field. He even formulated the current law on tattooing in Denmark, short and simple one is not allowed to tattoo anybody below the legal age of 18 and one is not allowed to tattoo hands, neck and head. Beyond that everything goes – and since there’s not much regulation one can buy the gear and call themselves a tattoo artist (Not unlike everybody can buy a kite and call themselves a kitesurfer – or worse a kitesurf instructor) in Denmark. Around 1990 it became more and more acceptable to get a tattoo, when I got my first tattoo a few days after my 18 years’ birthday in 1998 (A biohazard sign – don’t even ask) it still wasn’t very common to see them out in the open – unless you frequented the more shady part of town – or the skatepark J Now everybody has them – and gladly shows them off in public. We’re talking every layer of the society from the homeless guys on the corner to the TV host to politicians.
 
For the last 10 year I’ve grown older, perhaps even a bit wiser and my piercings are long gone. It’s not for the lack of wanting to get another piece, I simply have prioritized other stuff (Like kite gear) – and having to stop surfing for a month on order not to ruin the new tattoo didn’t appeal to me. But when I a year ago was forced to take close to ½ a year’s break from anything kite related I decided to get another one I’ve been eyeing for a few years. It’s a piece from an artist called Derek Hess – his work is quite unique and it’s certainly not for everybody, but isn’t that always the case with art? A week ago I got another one – since it’s winter in Denmark and bloody cold (down to -10 degree) I don’t really feel like surfing anyway J The one on the right arm (Left in the picture) is the new one, "Boo boo angel". On the left (Right on the picture) is the one that's a year old now, hemorrhage with some lyrics from the Nightwish song "She's my sin"   Time will tell if I’ll grow tired of them, I know the two I got 10-12 years ago aren’t the prettiest nor the most original ones, but them remind me of my youth and being on my shoulder and lower leg they’re covered most of the time anyway. They’re a part of me and a part of my story and I’ll keep it that way…

m.klinge

m.klinge

 

How I got started

I was first bit by the bug some 7 years ago in 2010.  My wife and I were on vacation in FL, and a local kite shop had an advertisement in the tourist paper for a free 1 hour kiteboarding lesson.  I called them up, and they met me at the beach with a B3 trainer kite.  As soon as they put the bar in my hands I was hooked.  I couldn't believe the power the kite was able to generate- and I was even more amazed at how much control I had over it.  Growing up, like most people, my only real experience with kites was with the basic one string kites, over which you had essentially no control.  The idea that I could harness mother nature with a kite just grabbed a hold of me, and it hasn't let go. The following year we were back on vacation and I was taking my first lessons with that same kite shop, XL kites, in Destin, FL.  Those guys are terrific if you're ever down in the area.  Those early days were rough.  I was impressed with the power of the trainer kite the year before, but I was terrified of the power that a 13m Crossbow could generate.  I can remember being so completely exhausted after my first lesson, not from the physical exertion, but from the constant adrenaline that was coursing through my body as I was sure I'd get ripped up into the sky at any moment.  All that control I felt with the trainer kite was gone.  Depower was a whole new world, and I had to put my time in.   That same year I bought my first kite (a 10m Griffin Argo - which I really love - bought another one a few years later, 14m).  I did most of my riding in FL because where I live in NY it's very expensive to pay the local shops to get to the good (read safe and shallow riding areas for beginners), and if you've ever been to FL in the summer you know the wind isn't great.  So, I spent most of my first few years struggling to keep the kite in the air, and getting a few rides here and there. Summer of 2014, I purchased a used Spleene Door and that board changed my life.  All of a sudden, the light FL winds were enough to get riding, and I did more riding in a few days that summer than I had in the previous 4 years.   Last summer, my wife and I bought a small used boat to get access to some great local riding spots here in NY, and now I feel like a real kiteboarder.  I spent hours on end skimming along the surface of the water propelled only by the wind this summer, and I can't wait to get back in the water next year.  It's been quite a ride, and for me, a pretty steep learning curve, but in the end it's all been so worth it. Check out my video to see me enjoying kiteboarding this summer. Cheers!    

MikeDobbs

MikeDobbs

 

is that a new kite

A couple or 3 weeks ago I came back to my place in Steiglitz after being away in Moorwell and had just finished emptying the car and started preparing some food for the ducklings, when I became aware of one hell of a lot of nosie coming from the direction of the afore mentioned. So I went to investigate the reason for the racket, from a distance I first thought (wishfully) that I'd got a new kite, but on closer inspection this is what I found. not a kite but a brown Goshawk, exactly where it shouldn't be, so I run of to get gloves, a sack and the camera. when I got back the hawk was trying to get dinner (duckling) but mum was keeping it at bay and drove the hawk away. The hawk went in for the kill again and this time mummy duck jumped on it forcing the hawk on to it's back locking as if it was playing dead, at which point I garbed the hawk and ejected it back to the wild. Final score hawk nil duck 11 (no casualtys) ps I was there and I don't believe it

the_hatman

the_hatman

 

Frustrating Lack of Wind

Here we can see the frustrations of an inland kiter - there is barely enough wind to keep the kite in the air, let alone get some traction from it to drive the buggy. I was silly enough to combine a lack of sunscreen and shorts on this day and ended up with sunburnt legs. I also chose this photo because it shows the muscle definition caused by taking up an alternate sport

BobM

BobM

 

Another weather blog

So on the 27th, I was tracking a storm in Dallas via the TVN Weather website. Via the website, they have live storm chasers, with live stream footage so for people like me, who can't suddenly jump on a plane to tornado alley in the US, can chase from the comfort of my home. The super cell formed at first, a rope tornado which over the space of a few minutes, grew in size to form what they call a "Stovepipe" tornado. Here are a few screen captures of the morning (Boxing Day night in the US) as the funnel grew in size. Unfortunately the funnel then moved on to populated areas and took the lives of some people who could not find shelter in time, or in a lot of cases, the shelter failed them.   Then, my friends over at "Basehunters" produce, what I think is their best footage of a twister so far. Even though this particular storm caused sadness to so many people, its hard not to watch and think to yourself, just how beautiful mother nature.  https://youtu.be/k5OqgeB7bvo  

Mez

Mez

 

Extreme Clouds....

So John @jhn.holgate promoted me to write a comment on the cloud formations I've seen whilst in Australia.  I am an avid weather watcher, once writing the reports for the Facebook group "Victorian Storm Chaser", however at the time, it was taking up all my evenings to submit daily reports for the week ahead. The most freakish formation of clouds I have seen to date is the Undulatus Asperatus. They are like "bubbles" in the clouds and are angry and dark, but rarely produce any storms. This one formed over Doncaster East, Victoria one morning back in January 2013. I remember it created such a inflow of wind (sucking up into the clouds). It was like War of the Worlds and the kids with me at the time, were freaked out, as were the adults. Alas no storm was formed. The next time I saw one form, wasn't as angry as the Doncaster East formation, but again I remember the wind whipping through the base of Mt Dandenong, Victoria    There are so many different types of clouds, these are my favourite, followed by Cumulonimbus Clouds - the good storm anvil clouds which produce thunder storms. Australian weather is so different to the weather back home, yet even back home, they get cloud formations which you wouldn't see often here, like the early morning "mackerel skies" and even the weather phenomenon "Thunder Snow" which just makes you think "how" Seen this twice in my life and its is pretty amazing. Anyway I just thought I'd share with you this, whilst we wait to get out and fly some kites, and race some karts.  Enjoy Mez x  

Mez

Mez

 

Because History Matters

Extreme Kites has been around for more than a decade, that's more than 3650 days, 87,600 hours, 5,256,000 minutes, 315,360,000 seconds.  Somewhere along that vast timeline many people have contributed knowledge to the community, they have increased the wealth of information we all share and reference.  This is what makes communities like Extreme Kites amazing places to contribute.   I see content and knowledge shared as part of the journey of this community. Reflecting on this, something that has been bothering me recently is small holes appearing at times in very old content, here is one example.  This was a great post back in 2008 and it could of been useful to one of our members recently, unfortunately the images are no longer part of the post as a "remote image" service was used to host the files. From today, because history matters I've implemented a new solution on Extreme Kites.  When a member decides to use a "remote" file or image in their post our system will automatically create a local copy of it and treat it as an attachment.  This enables us to better preserve useful contributions so the community can continue to experience, read and enjoy those contributions in their entirety for many years to come.  

.Joel

.Joel

 

Half Way There

I finally got enough commercially available paraphernalia to put together some quad-skates suitable for using with a kite! The wind was not co-operating on the day this photo was taken, so there is no shot of me actually kite-skating, but that will come on a later date. For those who are observant, yes these are actually strap-on skates - haven't things changed since you last saw strap-on skates. The wheels in the photo are street-wheels, the skates came with multi-terrain wheels which are larger in diameter and width but softer and more prone to damage on hard surfaces.

BobM

BobM

 

One zonked out roo...

A successful release for one very lucky Eastern Grey Kangaroo today. Found himself in the back garden of a property in Croydon North. (I wouldn't call it even semi rural so this poor boy was well and truly displaced) Anyway managed to get someone to dart him - and I transported him to a more suitable area. Four hours later, I call the darter as it was taking too long. Turns out he gave the poor fella the amount for a 50kg roo, he was about half that size. He was even snoring in the back of the car on the way up. Anyway so glad it wasn't a stinker of a day here today, I stayed on with him until he could balance himself and get himself up into the bush land.  A happy ending for him and a very happy ending for me as 90% of the kangaroo cases I have attended to, haven't been happy endings so to end the new year with this buddy going back into the wild restores my enthusiasm in rescuing and sends a positive message that it is all worth it in the end.  Learned a lot of lessons today, was told that if you do a rescue in which you don't learn something new, then its probably best to more on and do something different. I certainly have a lot to learn. 1:- Pack a chair 2:- Pack a good book 3:- Pack food and drink 4:- Pack sun screen

Mez

Mez

 

Red Bull Ragnarok 2014

Red Bull Ragnarok 2014 So in the spring of 2014 I got my baptism of fire in terms of snowkiting when partaking in Red Bull Ragnarok 2014. As a Dane who has never been either to Sweden or Norway or any other place with mountains and snow, my experience as a snowkiter was limited to the inland fields of Denmark during the (Very few) days with 5-15 centimetres of snow.
The race was held in the stunning surroundings of the Haugastøl plateau during Friday the 4th of April. The wind was very light, rather than using my snowboard I decided to use skies, thankfully recommend that I take them by Shaun from Wagtail kite boarding school. Given the conditions – a lot of the other participants also changed to skies due to the wind and snow conditions. I used my trusty 18 meter Peter Lynn Charger II – an amazing kite with a huge wind range, but not exactly a race-machine. Being a light wind race some of the serious guys were flying very high aspect race kites and of cause the usual foil suspects (Flysurfer, HQ and Ozone) was well represented as well. I decided to start in the back downwind and let the mayhem-to-be break loose once the horn blew and try to stay clear of it. As the race was 5 laps I would have plenty of time to catch up with my real competitors; the casual kiter on a freestyle kite like myself. The build up to the race was exhilarating, 200 kites in the air and 200 excited kites below ready to blast past the starting line – everybody was in for one hell of an experience. The course was made of 5 checkpoints and the start/finish line, each checkpoint was placed on top of a small hill, in essence the whole race was hills and valleys. Once the horn was blown all 200 kiters dropped their kites simultaneously and off we went towards the 1st checkpoint. Being at the back I could see the kites dropping out of the sky near the bottom of the first checkpoint ad I soon found myself in the same situation. I managed to re-launch and loop the kite to go a little further but eventually I had to succumb to walking up to the 1st checkpoint. At the top of the hill we had wind so I launched and when off on the longest downwind tack on the course. For a brief moment I was unfocussed doing a down-loop and crashed my kite into a guy on a flysurfer, he was very quick to pull his safety – nothing happened and he was really cool about it. I helped him to re-launch and we were soon back on our way. The rest of the way went quite well up to the 2nd checkpoint, but on the way down I caught up with the kite and it dropped out of the sky. If I had actually tried alpine skiing before it would have helped here. The way to the 3rd checkpoint was mostly flat and on a beam reaches tack, from the hill at the 3rd checkpoint I could see the 4th checkpoint in the horizon. The entire course was marked with Red Bull flags which I wrongly decided to follow from the 3rd to 4th checkpoint. The flags were put in a straight line between the checkpoints and went straight through a deep valley which I soon found myself in. I stood at the foot of the highest point of the entire course and figured there wasn’t nearly enough wind for me to climb it, so I had to work my way back up the ridge. I found some small comfort in seeing I wasn’t the only one making that mistake, but most of the guys were blasting through on top of the ridge. Up on the ridged there was more wind, I was fatiguing and didn’t manage to take full advantage of the wind. Once again I had to succumb, but as I climbed the hill with the kite still in the sky. I soon found there was a lot more wind, so the 4th checkpoint was cleared and I was on my way to the 5th checkpoint with good speed. Between the 4th and the 5th checkpoint I met a kiter with his kite flagged out and entangled on the ground, he was clearly not happy with the situation. He yelled at me if he could borrow my kite, I thought he was joking. He told me he was on the 5th and final lap and was in the running for a 2nd or 3rd place finish. I was tired and at the back of the race pack. I decided since he was so close and with a possible podium finish, it would be a better option if I could help him out. He promised to come back with it as soon as he cleared the 5th checkpoint and crossed the finish line. A very happy man kited off as I walked towards the 5th checkpoint where I got a lift on a snow scooter. I caught up with the guy with my kite, as he was about to back it down and walk back to me. The break I had and the nice wind between the 4th and 5th checkpoint got me thinking that I could at least to one more lap. But down on the lake at the start/finish line there was no wind, and I had to finally accept defeat. Yet I wasn’t alone only 40 of the 200 kiters did all five laps, and my final placement in the ski group was 83 – not too bad for my first ever snow kite race as an amateur kiter. After the race I caught up with the guy who borrowed my Peter Lynn Charger II, it was Felix Kersten who actually finished 3rd place in the ski group. He was very grateful that I had lend him my kite and was very eager to let me play around with his 15 m Ozone Chrono – it’s a really nice kite, but I’m not changing my Peter Lynn Charger II’s any time soon. All in all it was a huge experience and I’m planning to go again next year as well, this time around I will do my homework in advance.

m.klinge

m.klinge

 

Smashed Flat

Kingston 2016 is on the horizon, we need as much time as possible in the new buggies to get familiar before we head off in hunt of some new records.  For @nigel this was his first time on a beach with his new GT-Rapide ++, for @bakersdozen this was the first time he was out in his own buggy!  So a couple of firsts for everyone to start, and one for me to finish   We met at Nigel's place a bit after 9am, my GT on the rear rack, Nigel's GT in the back along with Mark's (bakersdozen) gear and off to Sandy Point.  Upon arrival the wind seemed a bit light, however once you went over the hill you felt a good 15 knots comfortably with it pushing a little higher at different stretches of the beach.  I choose to take out a Peter Lynn Phantom2 12M as I had flown the 6M and 9M, however yet to have tried the 12M.  Nigel choose some smaller foils earlier on then settled on his 10M Peter Lynn Scorpion and Mark on a 7M Ozone Frenzy for the day.   Billy Cart Style...
Nigel on his GT-Rapide ++
Moon walking...
Mark trying out a race buggy...
Nigel on a 10M Peter Lynn Scorpion + GT-Race Rapide ++   Camera on?
My GT-Rapide ++ with Extreme Kites seat.
Nigel scudding.
The day's kite choices...  After an awsome day's kiting I decided to "billycart" the buggy back to the cars, I usually do this to get to the beach on a weekday when it's empty and there's nobody around.  However in the past coming back to the cars has always been on midis etc, this time I had the 17" rims on the GT.  I sat on the back rest, put my feet in the seat and grabbed on to the tow strap and went.  Usually I drag a foot on the ground or two to slow down, however the buggy picked up a bit more speed so I decided to just ride it out.  As I came around the corner I had complete under-steer, my eyes instead of paying attention ahead I slipped up and fixated on the object I was trying to avoid, a dead tree trunk.  In doing so I didn't look ahead and after avoiding the tree trunk ended up as I was turning hard right going over a large grass mound with the right rear wheel.  As my whole body was already fighting the lean to the left that extra lift of the rear wheel at speed just threw me clean off the buggy and smashing me flat in to the ground.  First thing I did was make sure I could move my legs, then my arms, then I realised I was winded as I was struggling hard to breath.  Nigel had run over and was telling me to stay down, Mark comes around the corner and goes "I could head that from back there."  Eventually with enough air back in the lungs I bleeted out "Mark you're an Ambo, check me out" then lay back flat on the grass.  He came up, then started checking me out, got to my ribs and I started cursing in pain.  We're not sure if they're bruised or worse, but sure as hell my chest absolutely aches. That's the first time in 10+ years i've been thrown off the buggy doing that, everyone had their own "first" for the day   Parting advice, if you're going to injure yourself do it with enough time to heal before Kingston    

.Joel

.Joel

 

Solo Shot

The (un)official photographer released his images from the game. Photo Credits to David Mackie - Soul Hunter Photography. In the background, you can see the stall selling sparkly pants; I just can't seem to bring myself to wearing those for some reason. This looks like I am indicating a left-turn; which is quite funny because Roller Derby has been described as "Skate Forward, Turn Left"

BobM

BobM

 

Smokin

One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.      One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.      Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.

ssayre

ssayre

 

Bush Fire prevented my Christmas lunch...

So was on my way up to Seville today via Wandin North to a friends house for the annual Christmas lunch only to have a rude grass fire prevent me from my roasted potatoes and roast lamb! Thought it was damn rude. All jokes aside, it was a little too close to home - my friends home more precisely. It had seperated their family for the briefest of time, but nonetheless a scary experience for us all and all on high alert. Hoping that the fire plans they have in place are really effective. They raise a question - where do we go when we can't get out? So a quick message off to CFA headquarters to educate us. Then came all the animal rescues in at the shelter for heat stressed Roos, possums, birds and lizards.  What a crazy day with its ups and downs. Managed to get through this evening to Seville as the roads were all reopened and the fire contained. Got teary eyed when I drove past a house which had of been under threat and they had hung out a sign "Thk U CFA" If that acknowledgment feels the same as the people who praise me for the work I do with animals, then I hope a lot of the crews fighting that fire saw it.  **Request from Mezza** Please spare a thought for the animals and birds in this heat. A shallow dish of water in the shade with a few sticks in it means the little fellas who are literally "dying for a drink" can get the relief they so desperately need in this weather. The sticks are so the babies - if they fall in, can get themselves out again. It's unfortunate when people put out a bucket of water, thinking that they've done the right thing, only to find a ringtail joey or the like has drowned over night as it couldn't climb out. Please though, do not do this if you have an outside pet who can get to the water (in this heat, treat them to a day inside)  Thanks for listening and keep safe in the heat my fellow Australians.

Mez

Mez

 

A New Year .... a New Build

As some of you will already know I build my own kites, starting from simple one colour NasaParaWings (which started life with NASA as a re-entry chute) to the new breed of single skin kites which have their roots in the paragliding world.  I've had a long spell from kiting (well for me @ 6months). After building three new style kites 12m, 7m and a 5m which I call the "Hammers", why? Because of the punch they deliver, don't get me wrong they are not snatchy, they are very smooth and progressive.  After spending a lot of time trying to push the limits of NPWs I could not get the window of a foil, that said what I did have was a quiver of very usable and unique kites that I used religiously and enjoyed every minute. Then an internet search lead me to someone who was building single skin paragliders and offered the design software free on-line, the seed was sewn could that be used as a basis for a traction kite?  I jumped in feet first and went for a whooping 12m2 which flew straight off the sewing machine. The 7m and 5m soon followed with changes to wing shape and AR.  The build for this type of kite is much more than the NPW and means I need to amass more brownie points before a build So my plans for the new year is a 3m2 AR6 fixed bridle, plans are printed out, colours decided, now to check out what needs ordering.  I reckon it'll take @7.5m x 1.5m of material and 48m of bridle lines, estimate of time @92hrs  

BigE

BigE

 

Mezza to the Rescue...again

So, my biggest bird rescue goes out to one very displaced pelican in Wonga Park. The poor girl was found very dazed in the back paddock of a house up there. Sitting in the sun all day until I arrived, I managed to get her up the slope and into the goats water trough where she sat quite happily until help arrived. She looked as though she had received a hit on the head at some point, but showed signed of encouragement when she decided that it was "chase time" Ask Doug what its like to have your arm down a  pelican's throat! So help arrives in the form of a fellow rescuer who starts asking me questions, such as "What do you know about pelicans" and wasn't quick enough to say that "His beak can hold more than his belly can" So I just said that its wise to "keep out the way of its beak". Anyway, capturing actually wasn't too bad, not a good sign though. And I make the trip up to Healesville Sanctuary, where I am pounced all by all the vet staff as its quite an unusual case.  Unfortunately, the poor thing passed away a few nights later but what an experience that was! Have a Raven in at the moment - my god, don't they smell! Anyway this one has concussion so it in for hopefully a couple of days and can re-join its family group mid week. Fingers crossed! Anyway, Mez signing out.  

Mez

Mez

 

Locations for flying in Wagga

Here's some details on flying locations in Wagga.   1. Duke of Kent Oval.  Works well in most wind directions and has a wind sock fitted as it's also home to the local helipad for emergency retrieval helicopters.  Only downside is the houses and power lines that surround the perimeter.  Quite a large area.  In winter there are some soccer goals usually semi-permanently fixed.  2. Henwood Park Oval,  Good for easterlies.  Also OK for southerlies.  Park is flanked by houses and powerlines to be aware of.     3. Frenches Fields Good for westerlies. Not a huge flying area but OK for static flying.  Grounds have powerlines and houses on most of the perimeter.  4. Rawlings Park.  Good to try in Northerlies.  The grounds occupy a large space but have large gum trees surrounding the perimeter from most other wind directions.    5. Lake Albert Foreshores.   Works well for static flying in West or South Westerlies.  Council has planted heaps of gum trees which will make this flying area less appealing as they grow.  

123matt

123matt

 

Thirteenth Beach

We had another great day kiting at Thirteenth Beach last week, Doug(@igeighty), John(@jhn.holgate), Shane(@OBEwan), Michael(@Mik333), Richard(@the_hatman) and myself. I'd shifted the tow point of my hotwire further back and it made such a difference, the buggy felt really good this time.  Towards the end of the day I'd been finding it difficult to see much of anything, and at one point I nearly ran over the hatmans upturned buggy laying in the middle of the beach and the hatman nowhere in sight, I think he'd been ripped out of his buggy and gone scurrying up the hill to rescue his kites before they ended up on the road. I saw him walking back to our launch area towing a buggy in one hand and a mess of broken kites and tangled lines tucked under the other arm. I'd never been to thirteenth beach before, from what I'd heard i was expecting it to be harder to access the beach, but many hands make light work. Thanks to all you guys for getting me on and off the beach. John came prepared with ropes and pulleys, a couple of you pushing, another 2 of you pulling on the pulley system John rigged up, I just sat back in the buggy and enjoyed the ride! I wanted to go back and do it again, but the guys wouldn't have a bar of it.  Afterwards we enjoyed a meal at the Barwin Heads hotel, a good feed at the pub is always a great way to end a days kiting. After the pub i jumped in the car an began driving home to Port Lincoln.  

roblukin

roblukin

 

Finally Made it on to the Track

Well after 15 months of training, I finally made it on to team and we played a game.  I had a very inauspicious start being ejected from the stadium after only being on the track for less than two minutes. This weekend was different.  I passed the practical test for being a referee and I stayed on track for a full game.  For those who don't know Roller Derby, it is a game on roller skates where one member of your team tries to get past the players of the other team - with the other team doing exactly the same thing.  It is game where both offense and defense are played at the same time. All the people who gained Intermediate or above since the last Christmas game were invited to make up the two teams.  Each team also had two experienced skaters to provide advice.  Team White played Team Black. After the game we had the team photo which included Team Zebra! Photo Credit to Sonia Quinn (Candice Sunshine)

BobM

BobM

 

Extreme Kites Blog Competition


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The winners will be drawn at the Extreme Kites Kingston Meet.   What should I 'blog' about?? It doesn't have to be about kiting - it's your blog, it could be about another hobby or passion of yours, how you got into kiting or your other hobby.  Could be about a rogue ram that got into your property and smashed a double glazed window  er...yes, perhaps that one's been done!   Check out the blog posts for some ideas.

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

 

The Path Ahead...

Welcome back, it's been years....  Presently the GKC in a caretaker role, the most recent recorded meeting of the GKC was late 2014 and a brief followup during March 2015 to touch base on the present situation.  The aim for 2016 is to finalise the club's position, bring forward all current and outstanding paperwork, present a public record of accounts, publish past meeting minutes directly to this page and digitise as much as possible of the club's history to keep for future posterity. Meetings over the past 18 months from a group of past members viewed that this continued to be the best way forward in anticipation to see the direction of land kiting in the state.  In the event we see grown over the next 12 to 24 months then the move to rebrand and move forward with the new club honoured, in the event that numbers aren't sufficient a move to deregister the club and present a vote to the final year's members on what path to dispose of the club's financials and physical assets would be made.   Goshen ex-committee member attempted to circumvent the vote of the group in a letter effectively attempting to wind up the club, the committee needs to discuss the contents of this letter then release correspondence.  Photos of past GKC Fly Days have started appearing in the "Events" gallery. http://www.extremekites.com.au/gallery/category/2-event-albums/ The present caretaker committee is made up of @nigel President, @The Duke Treasurer, @.Joel Secretary. Please use the comments sections on these Entries to discuss.

.Joel

.Joel

 

Event Albums Imported

HUGE Import in to the Event Albums has taken place bringing back 10 years of Australian kiting history.  I've backdated the Albums and Images, now just finalising some file permissions on some of the images within the albums.  You can jump in and take a look for yourself, we'll also be inserting a number of missing albums from 2010 to 2015 where the images were posted in the Discussion Forums for those events. Link: http://www.extremekites.com.au/gallery/category/2-event-albums/ Next up is the GKC Blog and then Member's Albums to follow...

.Joel

.Joel

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