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)
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.
The bargain came in the shape of a rtf 3mtr pkd brooza.
It was in average used condition , the lines were good as were the handles although some idiot had tied the handles together with a piece of cord.
Yes this idiot had not heard or come across a strop before now
That little mystery sorted it was time for the first flight ,this was my first flight with a foil and i obviously expected it to be different from my npws
but to be honest disapointment is an under statement ,it was fast and that was all,it bow tied it was unstable and twitchy.
Was it the way i was flying it ?
Maybe wind conditions ?
Lets give it another try
Bit stronger wind , exactly the same result , put my 4mtr npw up next to it and it flew perfect although a little over powered
I tried several more times but with the same results , the npws seemed to outfly and out handle the foil
The brooza was a total loss
on a side note i am taking the brooza away with me this week to give it a last try
Just goes to show it may be cheap but not a bargain.
No, they're not connected. Every few weeks I get a request from someone on Skype that wants to add me to their contact list. But why? Firstly, how on earth did they get my skype address and second, why would I want to talk to a total stranger? I wouldn't know what to say without sounding like the Spanish Inquisition. Although that does remind me of a girlfriend I once had. Conversations routinely went something like this:
Me: Hiss miss, how ya doin?
Meagan (name changed to protect the innocent): Fine.
Me: What'dya get up to at work today?
Insert long silence........
Seriously, that's what it was like. I always thought that one day, I'd find some common ground and we strike up a conversation. Never happened. Anywhoo, that's what I imagine skyping with a total stranger would be like. Although, Meagan did take me to a work function one night and I struck up a great conversation with one of her friends. We talked all night - although I did try and include Meagan in the conversation....didn't really work. I should have gone home with her friend.
Fitness - I've been trying to lose these last few kilos and get down to 70kg or just under. Can't do it! I seem to be stuck between 72 and 73. Must be all the pear cider. mmmmmmmmm pear cider..... I'm still trying to run for 20 - 25 minutes every other day although I'm starting to cut the running down a little and increase the cycling. Much more fun cycling. Particularly as you can coast downhill and rest while still moving. Pretty hard to 'coast' when running. Not that I coast, oh no, I keep pedaling furiously even on the downhills! I put some butterfly / trekking bars on the bike - they're great. When my hands start going numb, I can move them to another position. But geez, those last few kilos are stubborn. Mind you, my diet isn't helping. Last night was pizza, beer and ice cream. mmmmmmm ice creammmmmmmm... need to drink more water and less cider. mmmmmmmm cider..........
I'm really pleased with how the new look XK site is going. Lots of new folk posting and some returning posters that haven't been around for a few years. It's great to see. I'm hoping for a more 'global' feel to the site - as Soliver said in a post, he originally thought this was more for the 'Aussie crowd' and sure, the majority of the regular posters are but I'd really like to see regular posters from all over the place. Got a favorite spot? - tell us about it. Favorite kite? whether it be single, dual, quad, power, whatever - feel free to post her to the boards!
ok, I'd better stop, I'm starting to babble...
With the demise of the landboard and all thoughts of traction gone (i only have a motorbike for transport so not able to carry much )i decided to concentrate on static flying
and getting as much experience with the wings i had.
Melonman was fantastic to fly,a little bit of nose collapse but nothing major.
Then a voice from up high (well the midlands actually )said nose collapse ? i may have a mod for that.
Melonman was packed up and sent over to the workshop,namely BigE
thin acrylic strutts was the thought ,but to heavy he says
you do what you think best E , after all this was his creation.
The melonman mod was born ,3mm strimmer wire ,doubled and sewn into the seams at the nose and down the four panel seams.
When the wing came back it was difficult to see what had been done,it still packed away the same,nothing to remove.
It was not until i had the wing sat on the ground tethered by the brakes that i noticed the kite trying to raise its
own head without any wind,just sort of springing up and down.
In flight almost all nose collapse had gone , even when diving the wing or pushing into the wind..
i was kiteing and enjoying every minute of it.
We were now heading towards autum and winter , stronger winds , i needed a small kite for those mad wind days..
First was a peter lynn baby arc 1.3 mtr with full depower /bar.
my god this thing is like a wasp on speed , so quick and i could fly it in some massive winds .
The depower on this worked perfect for such a small wing
But the gap between 1,3mtr and 4 mtr was quite big so of course i needed a new kite to
fill the gap ......
I knew i wanted fixed brdle,i new i needed 2 to 3 mtr but which one ?
Kept looking on the yorkshire mans HARRODS (ebay )
and then the bargain got listed.
SO HERE I AM WITH MY NEW 6 MTR NPW 21
i also found a new flying field , got permission from the local farmer and i was sorted.
By this time i had mastered the 4mtr npw and was pretty comfortable with it,even mastering
sending it nose down towards the ground and at 3 or 4 feet from hitting ,slam on the brakes and stop the wing
in mid flight , hovering just above the ground , it impressed me anyway.
Plenty of hours on the melonman to get used to him , way more power than the 4mtr and a lot bigger window.
Lets see how this works with the board
A few short trips up and down the field and i think i am getting used to this.
Lean back ,let the wing support you, oh yes this is fun, once your moving its great
get the wing in the power zone lean back more power keep it in the zone
WOOOWHHH SHITTTT BIG GUST
up about 4 or 5 feet, forward about 10 or twelve feet straight down onto my hip
The wind knocked out of me but not out of the bloody melonman oh no
he proceeded to drag me across the farmers field (the farmers cow field ) and yes right through some of the
freshest, stickiest cow pats known to man.
melonman landed ,15 minutes to get breath back and confirm my legs still worked,up i got and i can confirm that all grass that cows eat does not get digested
as i picked a few pieces out of my teeth ..........
Managed to drive home in a lot of pain,not sure if i cracked ribs or not to be honest but it took a week or so before i could breath without pain.
LANDBOARD FOR SALE
With the flying mattress gone , what to do next ?
bigger wing ?
I wonder if i could get hold of another npw ?
After nagging and wearing him down (in fact he just said ok ) BigE and his best sewing machine were involved.
Q : 5 or 6 mtr
A ;5 i think
Q :any graphics ?
A :no ,just plain keep the cost down
A : dont do plain , think of something about yourself
A : WATERMELONS
I WISH .......
NO, my lifes ambition is to retire somewere warm and sit at the side of the road selling watermelons from a handcart
INTERNATIONAL MELON MAN
THE BUILD WAS ON
from one word THE MELONMAN was created
6 mtrs of power and fun
LETS TRY THIS WITH THE LANDBOARD
The main 2 replies i got to the question WHY CANT I GET MOVING were
1 get a bigger kite
2 get a depower
and a few comments about dieting lol
Then one guy who was quite persistant regarding the depower option convinced me to give it a go.
just on a side note this guy has a seriously wicked sense of humour,takes no prisoners but i would trust him implicitly
he has a lot of years experience in everything and knows the answers to all questions
But he was 1 of only a few who didnt take the MICK when i said old,retro and cheap.
Enter stage left ,PETER LYNN VENOM 10MTR
hOW DIFFICULT CAN THIS BE :
no bridles as such,gust muncher and great inland.
THIS THING IS HUGE !!!
dont be a wimp you need at least 10mph wind to get it in the air
10mph your kidding ,i will be airborn
I tried ,i failed
i tried again ,i failed with epic style
i new what i was doing wrong ,every time the power got to much i instinctively pulled on the bar,which obviously powered the kite up.
Train yourself ,FAIL
Less wind , FAIL
More wind , FALL (that hurt )
Then came the words of wisdom i had been waiting for from the oracle
IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING WRONG , STOP DOING IT
FOR SALE 10 MTR VENOM
The enhanced 4 mtr seemed like a totaly different thing to my old 2 line kite.
the power seemed full on .
i spent a few happy months with this wing and learnt some valuable lessons in kite control.
i then took the plunge and bought a cheap mountain board
No way could i get it to move ,the wind was strong enough,nice flat surface but nothing.
watched all the how to vids but no.
Lets see what the guys on the forums say !!
Hello to anyone who wants to read.This is as much for me to keep a log of were all my money has gone !!!
My name is craig , i live in the uk and have a bit of a thing about kites , sound familiar !!!
I have only been flying kites for around 4 years but only seriously for the past 2.
first got interested a while ago when on holiday and watching a bit of kite surfing.
Bought my first 2 line (what i thought was a ) powerkite.
Messed around with this wing for quite a few months then got the crazy idea of getting a landboard or some form of traction.
Enter the world of kite forums
got involved with a couple of forums and had a mooch around.
Didnt have a fortune to spend , and been a yorkshireman wouldnt spend it if i had it.
Checked out a few wings online and in sale sections and never been one to do things the easy way asked the question about older retro style kites
skytigers and the like or large 2 line kites.
2 line ,forget it , 4 line is what you need
4 lines , whats all that about then ?
much tinterweb searching later and a good 2 hours worth of knowledge later
Q : antbodys views on good quality , cheap , 4 line wings for a noob ?
A : got a flysurfer something or other ,KO bargain £900
A : get an LEI , depower
and various other answers
Now at this point ,somebody trying to sell me a bit of cloth for £900 that would not fly cause it had no string attached let alone a bar and apparently i needed a donkeys dick to fly it whilst wearing a giant nappy just confused the hell out of me.
More tinterweb research
flysurfer =top notch kit , not for noob
String = lines
donkeys dick ,does not mean hung like a seventies porn star
the giant nappy is a seat harnesss
Comment /reply to my post for retro kite
Kites dont come much more retro than an npw. BigE
yes more research , nasa power/para wing
Sounds and looks a bit different ,i have never been one to follow the masses.
i wonder if this guy has ever flown one or knows anything about them ?
Not a great time later , delivery of my first npw 4mtr ( enhanced ) one of the early BigE builds
the obsession begins !!!
Hobbies, God love 'em. We've all got them. Mine tend to be very cyclic. I have a Juno D keyboard which I played every night for months...haven't switched it on for probably 8 months. I'll take heaps of photos over a few weeks......then the camera sits unused for months. Astrophotograpy - go nuts on it for a month or two then may do nothing for a couple years. Same with Astronomy, Bushwalking, Cycling, Motorbikes, Archery, Kap, single line kites, Golf, Rock climbing, Fly fishing, kayaking. They come and they go and occasionally come around again. But my enthusiasm for power kites and buggying has remained pretty well undiminished for six years now. Must be some sort of record for me. But why? I think I may have actually figured that out. All of my previous hobbies perhaps with the exception of rock climbing were done alone. Not shared. Where I live, I only have a few good friends - we get together fairly regularly for a meal and bullshit session and maybe go out for a movie. But through kiting, and more importantly, Extreme Kites, I get to go on great trips and meet up with very like minded guys and gals who I have come to consider as my friends. In fact the similarities - particularly in regards to the hobbies - can be quite spooky. While I'm certainly not what I would consider to be a 'social' type person, I genuinely enjoy camping and spending time with fellow XK'ers on our Sandy Point & Kingston trips and local beaches and parks. I really look forward to these trips and they are the first thing that gets put in the diary each year. Even members here at XK and over on PKF that I haven't actually met, I still feel some sort of bond and friendship with. I think that's why I'm here. In fact, If I see someone on the beach with a kite, I'm very likely to wonder over and say g'day - very weird for me who normally is not one to strike up any sort of conversation with a stranger. And now I find myself with a hand on the steering wheel on XK. Wow, who'da thunk? So, what do I think about all this? (apart from being quite excited about it). Spread the enthusiasm. That's what I'd like to do. Help to grow the community and perhaps through that, get some more power kiters out there. Make some noise. I'll certainly do all that I can think of to achieve it. But, I've only got one brain and sometimes the workings of it are a bit sus! So if you get an idea, message me, let me know about it. Something you'd like to see....or not like to see, don't hesitate to sing out. This is YOUR site and I'm here to help however I can. But I'll need help too from time to time, no doubt. Ok, now I'm hungry and need food...more thoughts as they come to mind! - John.
So, what on earth do you use a Blog for? You can use it for anything you like really. Your favorite kiting trip.....or your worst! Both.....all of them. You can talk about what you'd like to achieve, what you have achieved. You could make it a 'how to' or just your general kiting journey. Does it have to be about kiting? Hell no, it's your blog - you could use it to vent about your lousy day at work, or for that matter, what you do at work. You could use it to talk about all the dreams you had in life about being a famous guitarist and how it was all shot to pieces when a record company guru complained that your music was all riff-driven, which is completely idiotic because some of the greatest hits are written around catchy riffs....er,...um....well enough of that.... Your latest project. Your best recipies. Favorite places to eat, kite, photograph, whatever. Go for it. Add pics, videos, links, whatever you like.
Sunset from the foreshore in front of the Kingston SE caravan park.
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Mad Way Mongolia Wrap Up We have done almost twice the distance we set out to do and done about 1500km upwind, the route for the next trip will need to be longer and more ambitious. The wide open plains of the Eurasian steppes are great for high speed and long distance but I miss the challenge of crossing high mountain passes like we had on the 2014 trip. We spend 3 days in Holangol, its hard to stop after so many days of nomadic life. We are using our unloaded buggy's with the electric drive to get around town. We eventually pack up the buggy's and ship them to some friends in China for storage. We catch a train back to Beijing, Joe's off to Canada and im working in China for a few weeks. The buggy's have done over 5000km counting last years trip, the only trouble we have had is worn out brake pads and some bent panniers. The kites have taken a flogging, we ran out of repair tape long ago and they are covered in medical tape, we have broken many lines and bridles but they are still going strong.
Kites used, most commonly used in blue-
NASA para wings(npw model 21, 2 line) 1 square meter x2 1.5m x2 2m 2.2m 2.4m 3.75m 4.5m Low aspect single skins made from modified Peter Lynn UniQ plans- 2m 3m 4m 8m High aspect single skins made from PL plans- 4m x2 6m Foil kites- 4m ozone access 2010 6m ozone access 2013 4.9m PL reactor.
We traveled 3693 km in 49 days We walked about 50km mostly to get to food or water We motored 15km Fastest speed 75kph using the 4m uniq Longest day 232 km We only had one day without wind.
I would like to thank 2C for the handy solar powered light caps to use and give away. solarlightcap.com Bikelights for the powerful night lights. bikelights.co.nz Cactus Outdoor for the tough canvas thorn resistant supertrousers. cactusoutdoor Salcom technologies for the Inreach satellite communicator. salcom.co.nz Ashburton Powdercoating. Goods saddlery Ashburton for the seats.
Heading to the pub.
Day 49 (06 June 2015) Good going in the morning over green flats and hills, it feels like the undeveloped bliss of Mongolia for a few hours but as we get closer to the city of Holingol it becomes impossibly congested, the usual afternoon thunderstorms arrive and we shelter in a drain under the road. We are still 15km from town so we rig up our electric motors and crawl down the edge of the road until we find a dirt road to follow, this leads us to a small village on the outskirts of town. We motor and walk into town, we have decided to call it quits here, the infrastructure is getting too hard to get through, we know there is the Holangol grasslands north of us but we have no way of getting there. Its getting dark and a truck gives us a ride to a nice hotel. Distance traveled 54 km Total Distance 3693 km.