Jump to content
  • entries
    16
  • comments
    29
  • views
    3,277

About this blog

A bit about me.  
I grew up in Port Lincoln, South Australia and worked there as a professional fisherman until 1987 when I contracted viral encephalitis which left me quite severely disabled.

Kite surfing was not around before I got sick so I never had the opportunity to try it. Ever since then I have always wanted to try kitesurfing but thought that I would not be able to.
I’m always looking for a challenge and while in Port Douglas In 2010 the local kitesurfing school was having a demo day, I saw that they had a buggy sitting on the beach, my eyes lit up with excitement and i asked “would I be able to do that?” of course they said “why not!”. I never looked back!

I spent a couple of years struggling with foils, I would spend half my time crawling back and forth between the buggy and a wet/crumpled foil or waiting for help so that I can relaunch.  

 

Entries in this blog

 

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

 

We Fixed My Kite

@.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up. Fingers crossed, Ill come back to this post when iv'e had a chance to fly it and let you know what happened. Had the kite up yesterday in 15-20 knots, just to test it out. Good news is that the repair worked great, it was rock solid!    The bad news was that I had the lines caught around the bar and punched the kite into the ground again, it blew out on the other side Conclusion:  - its getting too fragile and is no longer Rob proof. Time to retire the kite,  its fu%^&*d...

roblukin

roblukin

 

First Run With GT's

The following weekend we got out to sandy Point for our first run, 3 of the GT's got there toes wet, Nigel didn't make it because he had a problem with his tyres. We had really good wind on Saturday, Mary went up on the dunes with the windmeter and said it was 25-30 knots. I was only taking it easy so I could get a feel for the buggy and I still reached 68 kph. You don't even feel like your going fast and when you take the pressure off the footpegs the buggy just keeps on going straight. If I did that in my old buggy I would be all over the place. I also managed to get my bar caught through the steering line and pounded my kite into the ground, ripping it from top to bottom. Luckily it was my 4m Air Rush LEI which has been worn paper thin and was ready to die. On Sunday the wind the wind was a more onshore but only started out light, maybe 12-14 knots, by the time we packed up it was probably 18 knots. I had my 7m IKON Blind2 LEI and I could really feel the difference in pull, my front wheel was skidding all over the place because my hotwire was too far forward (I knew it would be), I'll have  to work on getting it further back without wrecking my nice new seat. So I tried with my harness, not a good idea, I felt like I was going to be pulled straight out of the buggy. My buggy has been made a bit large for me so I can easily get in and out and does not hold me in. The one thing I notied is that kites have way more power with something heavy to pull against. My heelstraps arent working for me yet either, one of my feet also slipped over the top of the footpeg at speed - lucky that the buggy wants to track straight. Its time for a bit of tweaking with the buggy and hopefully I can get another run in with the boys before I head home to Port Lincoln.
My buggy is the white one, it looks small here but dont let the picture fool you, it is still a big heavy buggy We had a good long run, from the point of the inlet nearly to Waratah Bay

roblukin

roblukin

 

New Buggies

Our new GT Race buggies arrived The next week our, it feelt like xmas, Gotta love new toys! 4 of us imported them from the Netherlands, Joel, Nigel, Doug and myself. The other guys all got GT Rapide's while i got the slightly smaller GT Radical. We all got together for a bit of a BBQ and an assembly day. My buggy The other guys all have this buggy Heres a time lapse video of us assembling my buggy, you will want to flick through it cause it drags on a bit  

roblukin

roblukin

 

Sandy Point Again

I'm still in Melbourne, so another weekend at Sandy Point It looks like our new buggies might turn up soon, so I think I'm going to hang around for a while longer

roblukin

roblukin

 

Speed Week 2015, Sandy Point - Vic

I havn't updated my blog for a while, every time I sit down at the computer I just cant get into it, so now its time to pull my finger out and catch up on it all. The Extreme Kites crew at the annual pilgrimage to Sandy Point located 2 hours drive South East from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 4 days of fun (and hopefully a little craziness) over the Melbourne Cup long weekend. We didn't get any record breaking winds this time, but we still had a great time. Just nice easy flying on the main beach, beautiful weather and great company. The last day was a blustery one on the Inlet. We had no wind to start with and then it came in strong, it must have been 20-25 knots and crazy gusty. Where we kite at the Inlet is only a small area and on, its very boggy in the middle and this occasion there were some bad stingray holes, it was also a public holiday and there were people everywhere and lots of kitesurfers setting up on the beach. Consequently there was barely enough room to skid off speed. Doug put up his small 2m broozer so I decided to play it safe and started to pump up my small 4m air rush LEI, when i saw him put down the broozer from lack of power i stopped setting up my small kite and pumped up my 7m Ikon C kite, big mistake. I was then quite overpowered and without the room to run off the speed it was getting a bit dangerous XtremeKites HQ Main Beach Sandy Point
     

roblukin

roblukin

 

Heading South

Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there.  Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been a bit quiet here but now we've got a few days of 20+ knots directly onshore.Thursday I had my 7m Ikon kite up and I think i was a bit overpowered, whenever i tried to pull the bar in even a little bit I just went sideways. I still managed to reach 68 kmh.. Friday was great, it was 20-25 knots most of the day. My 5m kite went flat on me so I was forced to use my baby kite ( 4m Air Rush DNA), I did a couple of runs down to the point. I used to think it was a long way to the point but when your doing 70 kmh the whole time its a very quick run!Ive put my sysmic midi-xls on the back of my Peter Lynn and it feels like a new buggy, no more shacking the buggy to pieces when its over 60 kmh, its amazing what a difference straight wheels make. Today was more of the same, it was probably my best day kiting while ive been here. I think ive had my fix now and the wind is easing off tomorrow so its time to move on..  

roblukin

roblukin

 

Another "OH SHIT" moment

We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping.  We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself. So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side! It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped. I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.

roblukin

roblukin

 

My Winter Home

As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get a bit colder I usually find myself trying to escape the winter and make my annual pilgrimage northward, kiting wherever I can along the way. As most of you know, I am currently im currently in Port Douglas. Most of my winters are spent up here, it is one of the few places that is both windy and warm at this time of year. Most of my days here are spent playing with the kitesurfers and just splashing around in the puddles ... 

roblukin

roblukin

 

Speed Week 2014 - new PB

Last year at Speed Week i managed to get myself a new PB.
Its near enough to 90km/h (89.8 km/h) As you can see here, it was a little bit windy. And there is my weapon of choice - 4m Air Rush DNA

roblukin

roblukin

 

The Way South

Most years i spend my winter in Port Douglas, when the wind stops i then make my way down the east coast to spend summer catching the wind in the southern parts of Australia. Here is a video we put together while travelling down the east coast last year.   

roblukin

roblukin

 

IKON

I met Ben from IKON: http://www.ikon-kiteboarding.com a few years ago and he introduced me to LEIs. Because LEIs hold their shape relaunching is so much easier and I hardly ever have to get out of the buggy. I can now spend my entire session flying; I have not looked back and am actually starting to get good at it (well, I think so...). A couple of years ago, Ben contacted me and asked me if i wanted to be on the IKON team, i never believed i could be good/noticed enough to achieve something like that, I was stoked! See my profile page: http://www.ikon-kiteboarding.com/team/local-riders/oceania/rob-lukin.html  Im also sponsered by Fix My Kite: http://fixmykite.com.au who supply me with repair stuff, cause im allways breaking shit!

roblukin

roblukin

×