The new season down under is upon us, so it's time to upgrade the website and launch a new section
Today I've done the basic upgrade, there's a few areas to fix and polish then I'll be launching a new section which will keep you hooked for hours
There will be some errors and issues, they can be submitted here: http://www.extremekites.com.au/bugs/
The winner of the Born-Kite Longstar2 2016/17 Competition is........ @Darren Tibbey!
Congratulations and welldone, throughout the competition you created some really good and engaging contributions and discussions that landed this result. In second place to Darren was @andy666 who also generated some engaging contributions. An Extreme Kites Buggy T-Shirt will be on its way to you
Once again thanks to Born-Kite for supplying the prize, you can visit their website at http://www.born-kite.de
In the run up to Xmas and the peak kiting season for us, We thought it was about time for another competition. Steffen Born from Born-Kites is sending us a 5.5m LongStar 2 hot off of the presses for review. We are going to review the kite during our Blow @ Kingston 2017 Meet in January and after that some lucky member will be announced the winner of the kite! Yep, nearly $1000 of Born-Kite goodness can be all yours! A big THANK YOU to Born-Kite for supplying us with the LongStar 2.
To enter, simply start any of the following:
The winner will be judged by the most total replies across all entries.
Example: You create four Discussion Topics and each one receives five replies, your total score is 20. Note: Replies to your own topics are not counted towards your total score.
Competition runs from Monday 12th December until Tuesday January 31st 2017.
Replies are only counted from new Discussion Topics, Blog Posts, Gallery Uploads and Reviews created during this time.
Discussion Topics in The Lounge, Buy & Sell, Meets & Events are not counted towards your score total.
Over the past year Extreme Kites has grown considerably, for the first time in a long time Land Kiting especially in Australia has started to see a small resurgence and growth. The aim of Extreme Kites is to give kiters a place online to share their knowledge, experience and socialise online which we hope in turn leads to people building friendships. We've found the more people we reach via the website and welcome in to our community the more these individuals become our friends and meet us on a beach.
Last year I completely changed platforms for the website to set ourselves up to be able to grow the community, this resulted in John Holgate taking over as Community Administrator which has given me free time to focus on site development in my spare time, the results have been incredibly positive. With the new website and amazing contributions from our community members we've arrested the overall decline in kiting numbers in many of our groups simply through a growth of interest. We now have some more plans in the pipeline, some new features that I have been working on over the past six months which we hope will create a larger knowledge pool, a more valuable resource and a continued growth of interest leading to more friends with kites flying with us.
Up until this point the costs of hosting Extreme Kites, Software Licensing, Prizes and Giveaways (with exception to the first competition) have all been funded from my pocket. This area of our costs over the next few years I can't really see changing, however to implement the new features planned now requires Extreme Kites to commit to spending money on a monthly basis. It's not a huge amount of money, however it is a considerable monthly amount and my plan has always been to see Extreme Kites sustain itself so that if ever in the future I completely move on the current group of Administrators at that time can continue to operate a self-sustainable website. The finance needed to bring these new features to life and sustain the viability of funding those features is a step in this direction.
These changes aren't about to deface the website and turn the whole place in to a flashing disco of distractions I'll be placing advertising in the right sidebar, and three sections in the main body of the website. Unlike some websites charging upwards of $550 to $750 a banner, we'll be pricing them at $49/month. The banners will be small in filesize so we don't slow down general page loads.
For those vehemently against seeing banners we'll offer a membership level for a couple of dollars a month that strips the advertisements, or alternatively just use a free adblocker (which many do already).
If you're a Store Owner, Manufacturer or someone looking to advertise you can purchase a banner location, upload your artwork and publish it all through our Webstore located here.
Well it has been a while since Extreme Kites had T-Shirts available!
So without further adieu feel free to pickup a great looking T-Shirt for yourself here ( http://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/xknews/ )
Shipping is Global!
Ordering from Spreadshirt Link: http://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/xknews/
When ordering from Spreadshirt you can choose the colours we've selected for you, or alternatively you can look at all the different garment colours and choose one that you prefer. Spreadshirt handles all payments, prints and dispatches the T-Shirts generally within 48 to 72 hours of placing your order.
Here's a few of our Community Members wearing the last set of samples, starting with @jhn.holgate, my wife @Melissa and then @The Duke
Catch up on whats been going on around the community with our August 2016 Newsletter!
Flysurfer have been incredibly busy, shots of the new Sonic2-FR have been appearing online and we've got a discussion topic full of them! Joel Theodore, one of the Extreme Kites Team was fortunate enough to access a prototype Flysurfer Sonic-FR 6M, which leads us to guess that those who were all wanting a smaller than 9M kite should see a 6M as part of the Sonic2-FR range.
North have released a new "Click Bar" for 2016/17 season, removing altogether the centre line depower trim and it's now all controlled via the rear lines. Interestingly North themselves leaked their own images via their Marketing. Everybody spotted them then they came asking if we could hold off publishing them. So we've left what the North Click Bar looks like to your imagination for now and instead went on a crusade and found a heap of Patents which we published here. These patents from BEST, Ocean Rodeo, North and Spleene show that there are a few companies all looking at rear-line adjustable kite bars.
World Records for All Kiting Disciplines
Last month we launched a new World Records section that is filterable and searchable. We've started off with Kite Buggy Speed Records, this month we'll extend on that to include Speed and Distance achievements for Kiteboarding, Landboarding, Snowkiting and other related disciplines.
If you're a Kite Buggy Pilot and have a GPS photo of your top speed we would love if you could contribute by submitting your personal best in to our database.
The records will tie in to a few new upcoming site sections and features we're yet to publish and still working on in the background whilst the team also tests these before release.
Like any new feature we launch, if you find an issue please submit to our Bug Tracker so it can be noted and fixed.
Extreme Kites Community Event Calendar
Upcoming events to RSVP and get to!
Moose Meet, New Zealand
October 14th - October 17th RSVP | Event Discussion
Clench @ Speed Week 2016, Australia
October 27th - November 1st RSVP | Event Discussion
Blow @ Kingston 2017, Australia
January 12th - January 26th RSVP | Event Discussion
Today we've opened a new Getting Started section on Extreme Kites with the aim to build some useful and helpful guides for those just starting their journey.
Over the years there's been many helpful discussion topics and a number of online resources for beginners, unfortunately time has claimed both the relevance and existence of many of those resources. By bringing a fresh set of articles that the community can interact with, comment and update we hope to be able to provide a resource to new kiters that is both helpful and relevant to the current and future times.
We will be populating the Getting Started guides over the next few weeks, then I'll be opening up the whole section so Members in the community can contribute articles.
Getting Started: http://www.extremekites.com.au/getting-started/
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.
Win a Pansh Ace II or WeatherFlow Wind Meter ** 3 Runners Up Prizes of Extreme Kites Lanyards **
How to Enter:
1 Entry Point: Start a New Discussion, receive 1 entry point for every 5 replies received by other members.
15 Entry Points: Invite a friend to join Extreme Kites via the Invite Feature, when the new member makes 5 posts receive 15 Entry Points.
1st Place: Winner chooses from Pansh Ace II 4.0M or WeatherFlow Wind Meter.
2nd Place: XK Lanyard
3rd Place: XK Lanyard
4th Place: XK Lanyard
Competition Ends 0:00 August 21st AEST.
In the event of a tie for 1st place, a random draw between the tied winner will take place for 1st prize.
All invites must be to a legitimate individual, you may not invite yourself or operate the newly invited account.
We've enabled a new Invite System to make bringing your friends along to Extreme Kites even easier!
On the top right there's now an invite icon, which you can press and use to invite your friends, family and kiting buddies.
In your control panel you'll see a list of members invited by you:
When your invitee receives their email and clicks the signup link your referral code is automatically entered in to the signup form.
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.
Extreme Kites Blog Competition Pansh Ace II 4.0m or SJCam M10+ Gyro Stabilised Action Camera! 3 Runner Up Prizes of Extreme Kites Lanyards
How do I win?? 1 Entry : Follow the XK News Blog
Click on "Follow This" on the top of the XK News Blog to be subscribed to the official blog and receive 1 Entry. Link to XK News Blog: http://www.extremekites.com.au/blogs/blog/1-xk-news/
5 Entries : Create a Quality Blog Entry
Create a quality blog entry that contains at least 2 paragraphs and 1 photo, receive 5 Entries. You can repeat this entry once a week leading up to the draw date to earn a maximum of 20 entries.
Link to Blogs: http://www.extremekites.com.au/blogs/
Draw will close on January 12th 2016 AEST.
Competition is OPEN TO ALL COUNTRIES.
All entries will be placed in to the "Extreme Kites Random Draw Bucket." 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.
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.
Next up is the GKC Blog and then Member's Albums to follow...
A brilliant new Extreme Kites Reviews section is now live! We've put together a stunning view of the reviews homepage that works across Desktop, Tablet and Mobile so you can enjoy the latest content on whatever device you're using.
For years people have contributed reviews throughout a Discussion Forum or as a Reply to a Topic. That information has been helpful, however revisiting that information later on when you need it again has been difficult and the longer time went on the harder revisiting that information becomes. With the new Extreme Kites Reviews to which anyone can contribute we hope as a community to build an incredibly useful resource that's as relevant in years to come as it is today for people searching information and experiences with kites and related gear.
We hope you enjoy the new Extreme Kites Reviews and look forward to your own opinions and experiences shared through your own reviews.
Please submit any issues via the Bug Tracker, feel free to discuss improvements etc in the comments below.
Visit our new Reviews here: http://www.extremekites.com.au/reviews/
Google+ Accounts can now be used to login to Extreme Kites the same way that we have enabled Facebook & Twitter Logins.
New Users simply click the Orange "Sign in with Google" bar.
Existing Users go to "Account Settings," select the "Google" tab then simply click the Orange "Sign in with Google" bar.
iPhones & iPads are some of the most popular items used for interacting with Extreme Kites. This tutorial will focus on how easy it is to upload multiple images at once from your iPad, and very similarly your iPhone.
After pressing "Start New Topic," or "Reply to this Topic" of any page the editor appears.
1) Press/Tap "Click to Choose Files. 2) Select/Tap the Album your files are in. 3) Select/Tap which photos you want to upload, you can choose multiple at once by simply tapping them. 4) The files will now upload, you can either press "Submit Entry" or you can choose the little [+] sign to choose where you want to position the images.
The same principles as above can be used when uploading multiple images to your own Gallery or Blog as well.
Facebook and Twitter are two of the internet's juggernauts, chances are you probably already have an account with one of them. We've made using your existing Facebook or Twitter account to login to Extreme Kites as simple as 1 click!
New Users Click Here and choose Facebook or Twitter.
Existing User read below to enable Facebook and Twitter logins with your account!
New Users Click Here to Login or use the Login Link at the top of the page, then click on either Facebook or Twitter. That's it you're done and now you have a new account on Extreme Kites. You can login anytime in the future just by clicking Facebook or Twitter on the Login Screen.
Existing Users If you're already a Member of Extreme Kites then it's just as easy to enable Facebook or Twitter login. Either browse to your Account Settings or use one of the links below.
Click Here to add Facebook.
Click Here to add Twitter.
Once you've selected either Facebook or Twitter from the above links now just click the Login Bar, and that's it!
Advanced Options You can choose to sync your Status Feed, Profile Picture and Cover Photo direct from Facebook or Twitter with the advanced options. When you update your Profile Picture or Cover Photo on Facebook or Twitter it will update your profile here on Extreme Kites as well.
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.
Welcome to the new Extreme Kites Team Blog, by now you would of noticed a significant change in the new Website. We hope you're enjoying these improvements, however along the way we expect that some issues will arise and we'll do our best to address those Technical Issues. You can help us improve the experience here by reporting Website Issues to our Bug Tracker so we can look at them and attempt to resolve them.
To submit a you can either use the + Create link at the top of the page, or visit the Bug Tracker Web Page and press "Add New Bug."