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  1. 16 points
    jhn.holgate

    Kingston 2016 vid

    Our annual trip to Kingston SE in South Australia is always a brilliant trip. This year was no different with lots of action on the claypan and a great last day (for me) on the beach. Many thanks to Joel for letting me have the footage from the Phantom 3.
  2. 16 points
    .Joel

    This is KINGSTON

    Each year I make it a goal to visit one of Australia's premier Land Kiting destinations, Kingston SE. This marked my 7th year visiting Kingston, nowhere near the 20+ @The Duke and @AliNev have been going. Each year I go to experience the one thing I can't find here at home, and that's a dry lake/claypan. Kingston is an amazing place, over the years I have collected some amazing footage. This video I've choosen to focus on claypan and why I travel to Kingston for it each year. Please turn your speakers up as loud as they can go... Thanks for watching, please share this topic with your friends
  3. 12 points
    Landslide

    Pimp my ride

    Sweet wheels. Making the hubs was a bitch. About 3 hours machining per wheel.
  4. 11 points
    Qman

    Kite buggy for the disabled

    Hey, am new here but just wanted to share my entry to the sport as someone with the disability (paraplegic) Here is a little video of my recent experience on new brighton beach in CHCH, NZ. Have been lucky enough to have the help of Gav Mulvay to set up a buggy with hand controls and am having a great time with it. (thanks gav). It is a pretty simple and easily removable mod that seems to work great.
  5. 11 points
    Goz

    Merry Christmas

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all at Extreme Kites
  6. 10 points
    Chook

    Tools to make life easier.

    When ever I have to fabricate up something that's out of the ordinary, I try to get the job done with the gear that I have on hand. Sometimes that's not the best outcome, so I now try and make a jig/tool to do the job and then after it's been modified (it isn't always the best design first time out) and works well, I then give it a hit with a spray can when I'm next doing some painting. This makes life easier on later jobs as usually I can just modify an existing tool to suit my needs. Here are some of my simple bending mandrels that I use for round or flat bar. These are 32mm x 6mm flat bar rolled on a "ring rolling machine" and welded to a 6mm plate. The smaller diameter mandrels on smaller square backing plates just fit into a wider jaw opening of my vice. The mandrel marked music note I used to make this grape vine trellis for the entrance of our house. See next photo of the panels. "Somewhere over the rainbow" is the music for the roof and "I write the songs for the walls".. Each of the 11 panels took me an average of 4 hours to build. Formers are double sided (different sizes each side.) 100mm x 10mm FB in the centre fits into the jaws of my vice when using the mandrel on the other side of the plate. This one is really simple and has been used a hell of a lot. It is 2 bits of heavy 25mm x25mm x 6mm angle drilled to take 2 bits of 10mm Hi-tensile bolt shanks. They are plug welded from the back. One angle has emery paper sikaflex onto it to grip the other angle. By mounting them in a vice, the distance between the bolts can be adjusted to make the bends or allow for different thicknesses of material. The "minsup" air line clip, just retains them together when not in use. They tend to hide from each other under my bench otherwise. Then I made rod benders for different jobs I have done in the past. The green one does 6mm and gold is adjustable out to 8mm round mild steel and 316 stainless. For bending thicker steel I made this bender that will bend 40mm x 10mm on its edge using the yellow slotted die I made. I have made heaps of dies for it over the years. It can do eye bolts using the red attachment above the frame with the shiny nut visible at the back. (replacing the red chain link pin with a round headed pin.) Phone photo had a hissy fit under my high bay lighting in the shed. I also have made heavy Flat bar and rod benders that I can bend 100mm x 16mm Flat bar to 90 degrees cold in with only body pressure. My big hydraulic ring roller I built will roll 150mm x 75mm x 10mm wall RHS on it's edge into a 2400mm circle. I built it to make grain silo rings. It works really well for curving cattle yard rail so the cows don't damage themselves on exposed vertical posts. Also a smaller ring roller that does lots of square and round profiles. I made this one mainly for rolling rims for Penny Farthing bikes that I haven't completed yet. Rim profile rolled from 20mm round chrome molly tubing. I almost live in my shed. Come on show me the ones that make your life easier.
  7. 10 points
    jhn.holgate

    Double Trouble

    I wouldn't take people quite that little, Kathleen. I have some nephews and nieces that could possibly end up in the passenger seat but they're the age where they can rock climb and bungee jump. I guess I could always unbolt the back seat and attach a small cage....
  8. 10 points
    Chook

    Easter at Yeppoon QLD 2016

    But still the wind blows!!!! Morale has dropped a little since we lost our chef @andy666 on Friday and we now have a hotline to the local pizza shop. Cheers for your company and skills mate. We have kited every day since arriving and with the latest really high tides the beach is still like a pool table. Yesterday I measured the widest part of the beach at low tide (up by the curve at Ridges) and from the dune to the waters edge on the GPS the beach is 291mtrs wide. Great winds around lately. They are around 12 knots after lunch on an out going tide and climb up a little just before dark. With the forecast for this week up into the 20's again it's a pretty tough gig. Even @roblukin is crying about his shoulder hurting due to the constant buggying. Doesn't make him ease off any though. @Goz rode with us yesterday and it's fantastic to get more kites on the beach. @Bernie is out with us whenever he gets a spare moment and young @Ant joins us when the wind is too light to cut loose kite boarding. With school holidays ending today the beach has been really quiet anyway and very often I have been to the point and only seen one or two 4 wheel drives. The coppers do very regular patrols and RBT's along the beach in the paddy wagon or a Raptor quad and always have a friendly wave for us. There is quite a large community of wedge tail eagles that are always ridge soaring at the point and feeding on the outgoing tide. 2 of them have an enormous wingspan and glide along effortlessly well above our kites at 70kmh. They follow us for ages never flapping a wing. There are also hawks that are really curious and soar along with us by the creek their heads swivelling around while they track us. They do the odd strafing run just to show who is the boss. The creek is a non event to cross this year as it's very shallow. I came through at high tide in my buggy and it was just up to my helmet while seated. Midi xl's don't float with my weight. Off to do my washing (my six pack of blue work shirts and boardies) and get ready for the outgoing tide.
  9. 9 points
    If you lay the longstar 2 next to the longstar 1, the first thing you will notice is that they're two very different kites. Aside from both being single skin and having lots of bridles, version 2 is a completely separate design. Flies quite differently too. The V1 longstar took me a few hours to come to grips with. If you've flown depower kites then V2 will be immediately familiar as soon as it's in the air. Longstar v2 uses a series of ribs and stiff nylon lines to hold a round nose profile and the rest of the kite is held in place by lots of bridling. A look through some of the photos will show how accurate the bridles are, resulting in a uniform and smooth profile. You can buy the longstar. V2 with a bar or as a kite only. I was supplied with kite and bar for the purpose of the review and it came in a compact nylon bag. Being a single skin kite, it folds up very compact and you could easily fit several kites and a bar in a std kite bag. The material feels quite light but of excellent quality and all stitching and seams are straight and accurate as have been all the kites from Born-kite that I've flown. There's no denying that there's a lot of bridles on the longstar2 so it always pays to check for any hang ups and give them a good shake when laying out the kite. The kite launches easily whether straight downwind or side launch. It makes power pretty quick too and builds quickly with apparent wind. This is a grunty kite. I was able to buggy in 5 knots up and down the beach - admittedly, I had to work the kite so I think 6-7 knots would be your minimum park and ride wind speed for the 5.5m. Letting the bar out to depower the kite results in a change in the AOA as well as a flattening of the nose-to-trailing-edge profile. You can see the belly of the kite losing tension and becoming slack. It doesn't actually get to the point of being 'flappy' unless you have the bar out and the cam cleat fully sheeted in - something I only did once just to see if I could get the kite to make some noise! Depower range seemed perfectly adequate - whenever I was overpowered, a quick sheet out of the bar and the drama was over. Here you can see what the kite looks like when depowered... Turn speed was a good compromise - not too quick or nervous and neither was it sluggish. The kite is very stable even in gusty conditions. In the air it feels quite 'sporty' and almost aggressive. It wants to be actively flown unlike, say, the NASA star 3 which is happy for you to sit back and cruise whilst almost ignoring the kite. It also feels relatively 'high aspect' in the air - coming out of a turn for instance, you need to let the bar out a little to get the kite up to speed in the new direction. Hold the bar in too much and the kite can 'choke' and begin to stall. It is a very well behaved kite - over five or six hours of flying both static and bugging, only once did the kite end up on the ground unintended - and that was a complete lull in the wind. The nose folded over a couple times in light and gusty conditions but recovery was immediate with a tug on the bar. Same if I wasn't paying attention and choked the kite - let the bar out and business immediately resumed as normal. Upwind performance was good for this type of kite, you won't be catching a vapor but you'll get there. Downwind performance is very good as was top speed. While flying in a cross onshore wind of around 14 knots, Trevor managed a 62kph on a downwind run with the Longstar2. Bar pressure was light to moderate proving to be no dramas keeping the bar held in for long periods. This is not a lifty kite which is good news for buggy pilots not wanting to get unintentionally lofted but perhaps bad news for land boarders wanting some freestyle. Pull the brakes and the longstar 2 reverses out of the sky without fuss. Similarly reverse launch is fuss free. But what I really like is the ability of the longstar2 to sit on its side at the edge of the window with the bar out and hands off. It just slowly bobs up and down while you stretch your legs, eat, adjust harness, talk, take photos etc. I also used this method to hand the kite over to Trevor and to land on a couple of occasions- I just dropped the chicken loop over a foot peg and walked over to the kite. I know this is not unique to the longstar2 but it is extremely handy. The kite has a front line safety - a simple push of the chicken loop sends the bar and lines up the line to the splice flagging out the kite on a single front line. This brought the kite down without dramas and was easy enough to reset. There is also now an option to get the kite with an FAS (front area safety) that causes the leading edge of the kite to 'scrunch' up when activated Overall the kite impressed me greatly and was a pleasure to buggy with. It was a well behaved, stable and versatile kite with excellent all round performance and I will certainly be saving my pennies to add a few to my quiver. I can't see any reason it wouldn't also make a great first depower as an alternative to the usual suspects. The bar supplied with the longstar2 had a comfy grip, a large opening for the power lines which did not bind when turning, a push away chicken loop, cam cleat adjuster on the power lines and the fifth line terminated next to the chicken loop in a ring which you attach your leash to. It also has a double ball and ring setup for limiting bar travel or using to hold the bar in place. Both Trevor and myself found this just a little too stiff and complicated to use easily. It is something I would try to improve or tweak if it was my bar but also not something I would lose sleep over or blow an extra hundred bucks on for a better bar. Bar pressure is not such that it's a big issue, but it would be nice to have a simpler, easier to use system. Each of the brake leaders joined the main lines via a stainless steel ring which provided a handy place to insert a kite stake when landing. Rings at end of brake leaders - a handy spot to drop the kite stake. Now I would much rather judge a kite on its own merits rather than compare it to another manufacturers product......having said that, the most asked question I've heard about the longstar2 is 'how does it compare to a Peak2'? So, for a couple of hours, both Trevor and myself flew the 5.5m longstar2 and the 6m Peak2 swapping kites on a number of occasions. Here's what we found. The longstar2 was better downwind- faster and holding its shape better. The Peak 2 went upwind a little easier with the longstar2 requiring more work and being a couple kph slower. The longstar2 feels more aggressive and sporty to fly, I also think it's a bit faster as I've flown the P2 a lot but never matched Trevor's 62kph that he did with the LS2. Perhaps the P2 has a little more depower but this is at the expense of a fair bit of flapping and noise. The LS2's depower range never left us feeling like we wanted more. The LS2 seemed a bit more stable and easier to handle on the ground. Turn speed was much the same. I think the P2 may have an extra knot of grunt in the bottom end with the LS2 having a bit more 'go' and power in the top end. The P2 clearly has a much better (and more expensive) bar and more bar pressure at speed. Shape-wise the LS2 holds a much more uniform profile. Is one kite 'better' than the other? No, I honestly couldn't say that. For me, they are both excellent buggy engines. They feel different to fly but both kites achieve the desired goal - aoxomoxoa!! The LS2 represents excellent value for money (at least in Australian retail pricing) and as such certainly deserves your consideration. Born-kite has produced a well rounded, versatile depower kite that should give the competition a run for the money. A big thanks to Trevor who helped me out over many hours on several occasions while we tested, posed and photographed the kites.
  10. 9 points
    .Joel

    Why GT-Race?

    There's been a lot of attention lately towards GT-Race buggies in Australia and I'm unashamedly responsible. Earlier this year @nigel and I discussed to great length and in detail finally making our move towards owning the best production race buggies available. Our decision came about by the competitive blood between us when we're out kiting together, it's nearly a diagnosable medical condition and something that we've enjoyed for over 10 years together. Back in July our original plan was to order the XXTreme Apexx, a buggy we've seen first hand up close when @domenic first purchased his in 2008. We put up a discussion in the Buy & Sell on Extreme Kites to also feel if anyone else was interested, the end result was @igeighty was also showing interest. With three confirmed individuals I approached XXTreme in the Netherlands with our intent on purchasing three Apexx buggies and having them shipped to Australia. Without creating undesired consequences of sharing our unfavourable experience lets just say that communication during this process was incredibly poor. Delays in communication mean idle fingers wander, and wander they did stumbling upon GT-Race's website. We took a closer look at the information available online, then spoke with two GT-Race owners (one being in Mark Van den Berg the Dutch National Champion) and then finally approached @GT-Race (Martin Faber) directly. From the outset Martin's communication pre-order was amazing in the speed of which he delivered answers to our questions, the manner in which he fielded our questions and overall the secure atmosphere he created surrounding the purchase by never leaving any query unanswered. After a week of comparison, reading, searching, discussing with pilots of both buggies the three of us decided that the logical choice in this situation was the GT-Race Rapide. If the Apexx was the gold standard in 2008 the Rapide presented as years of evolution on this original idea. On the surface areas of difference which we felt drew us closer to the Rapide were features such as the integrated backrest, fork lock and flat foot plates. However when going further in to detail we felt the way the headstock connected to the downtube and facilitated the mudguard was a better solution, also the rear axle joint system made for quicker assembly and disassembly. Beyond that we liked little changes like how Martin had stepped the downtube welds and used 20mm head stock bolts that counter-sunk in to the fork. Overall the three of us felt that whilst the Apex was an incredible buggy the Rapide was just that few steps ahead having continued to evolve in increments. With our decision made we approached Martin and placed the order, however we were surprised to note that the Rapide ++ was due for release and that we would be in the first 10 built to receive the ++ version. In short, the ++ version brings together Martin's extensive build experience on the FL, refines it and makes further evolves the manufacturing process to produce a better finished product. It's not so much an evolution in features as it is an evolution in Martin's manufacturing process. With this in place and Martin now building 3 custom Rapide ++ buggies for us @roblukin stepped in to the mix. Originally his plan was to order an Outlaw from Peter Lynn New Zealand, however again you would have more success trying to arrange your affairs through two paper cups and a piece of string than any other form of communication. So again we turned to Martin and explained Rob's personal situation, his strengths and weaknesses regarding his physical condition and physical disabilities he has to manage as part of his buggying process. Virtually instantly Martin stepped it up a gear, and then the goal to manufacture a modified GT-Race Radical for Rob became the goal. There was some considerable discussion, about cutting some weight from the buggy, changing slightly part of the materials used and the manufacturing using those changed specifications. Over the course of a week everything was discussed and a 4th Buggy was ordered. GT-Race's strength isn't only about producing the highest quality, most technically advanced production buggies. GT-Race's strength is also the personalised customer service that Martin Faber spends each weeknight providing and each weekend turning orders in to fulfilment. Presently there are 4 GT-Race buggies being manufactured, assembled, checked over and packed to make their way to Australia. Kite Buggying in Australia is back on a growth trajectory since we launched the new Extreme Kites website in June this year, GT-Race is going to be front and centre of many Australian achievements going forward.
  11. 9 points
    jhn.holgate

    Kingston 2016 vid

    Why not make 2 videos for the price of one? A slightly more sedate feel to this one....
  12. 9 points
    .Joel

    Beginner Clinics at St.Peter-Ording

    I found this interesting, Kitebuggyschule St.Peter-Ording teach the basics using Nasa Stars from Born-Kite then evolve in to course flying. It looks like a safe and fun way for both Adults and Kids to get people straight in to the buggy and moving around slowly to spark their interest. The last photo is quite entertaining Photos courtesy of Kitebuggyschule St.Peter-Ording ( http://www.buggyfahrschule.de )
  13. 9 points
    Chook

    Photos of Your First Buggy

    Started building my first one 24th October 2009 after Wolfie sent me a DVD of him and Marty havin' a ball. I watched the clips and went over the shed and started putting bits together. Stole a plastic chair from school and there I had it. Had a lot of fun along the way. Went down the beach and proceeded to teach myself, how to hurt myself in nice simple easy stages. I have now built 5 buggys (well chopped up and seriously modified to end up with the current one. I now have an enormous knowledge base on what doesn't work!! ) and have 2 x Sysmic 2's. Gozzy in Rockhampton and now Clive at Driftwood looks after my QLD Sysmic S2. It's paid for itself in freight savings alone after My 4 Easters in Yeppoon. (Another trip this Easter too) I'll pick up the 2nd Sysmic 2, from Jordan (Jord's) in Adelaide on my way to Kingston in a couple of weeks. So I guess that now there is a South Australian one. Later the plan is to try and sort out how to get it to New Zealand for this coming Octobers Moose Meet. Anyway............Lots of band-aids later I'm still living for this sport!!!!
  14. 9 points
    .Joel

    GT-Race Buggies

    The buggies have LANDED! So I have 4x GT-Race Buggies in my possession, tonight I'll start filling out my list of demands Christmas Wishlist for those wanting their buggies GT-Race BBQ & Build Day, Starts 11AM Saturday! I'll head out and grab a couple of slabs of meat to marinate overnight and slow-grill on the webber for a few hours tomorrow as we build them See you all tomorrow!
  15. 9 points
  16. 9 points
    .Joel

    Who am I?

    My name is Joel Theodore, I live in Australia and I have been kiting since 2003. Throughout my journey I have experienced and enjoyed a variety of kiting disciplines, starting with a kite buggy and learning ground based freestyle then moving to aerial freestyle and buggy jumping. After a few years I moved on to Kiteboarding and enjoyed many seasons on the water, however after a bit of a break i'm back in the buggy and this time chasing my goal of outright speed. In 2006 I joined Extreme Kites and my involvement over the years with the community grew. In 2011 I took on ownership of Extreme Kites to preserve the website in an endeavour to keep the Land Kiting community in Australia together. After a few of life's events and some time away in 2014 the flame to chase speed records has re-ignighted. In 2015 I launched the new Extreme Kites website with the help of a newly appointed Team and moved ownership to my private company, this has enabled me to lay back a bit and enjoy partaking in the community in a more relaxed role. My role here is now Website Support where I code, develop and create new and exciting features for the Extreme Kites community. My goals going forward for Extreme Kites are that it continues to foster a positive, welcoming and warm community spirit for those entering the world of kiting. Over the years I have seen various websites, communities, blogs and social media platforms come and go, however for more than a decade Extreme Kites has stood by and supported the spread of kiting knowledge. I believe information for those interested in kiting should be made public and available, it shouldn't be hidden behind paywalls and closed groups unable to be found. The easier we make information accessible here the greater the community benefits, so I hope the time I spend on improving Extreme Kites enhances your experience here with the community. See you around the website or when I'm out with a kite in my hands.
  17. 8 points
    emidub_4

    Home Brewed Kite Buggies

    After reading the build process that PriatePete has been doing. I thought it maybe interesting to put up some of our own home brewed kite buggies or mods on the forum. I know Chook , Andy666 and Westfire have built some awesome buggies over the years... So to start the ball rolling here are two of mine.
  18. 8 points
    agriarte

    when the wind is low

    This is landboarding 4x4 ;-)
  19. 8 points
    Mez

    Custom Blofly Sail

    I'm the happiest girl at the moment. It's finished! Thank you to @.Joel and @Chook for sourcing the sail, but the biggest thank you goes to my @igeighty - who spent his whole day off modifying the sail and who had it finished and mounted on the Blofly before it got dark. I can't thank you enough Doug. Looking forwards to the test-run.
  20. 8 points
    BigE

    Phase 2 - The kite

    Big smile time, for the white and red it's a matter of tracing the printouts (with the material stretched out) and cutting out, I don't hot-cut these as all the edges will be hemmed. For the black, I cut around the printout, laid it on top of the material and traced around the edge. So here we have one half of the wing laid out and the other side piled up ready. I'd usually plough straight in to the construction now but..... I'm putting an appliqué design on. I've gone for a black design, firstly I made a template, stuck the paper printout on to card and cut it all out: Next job to trace on to the black material and hot cut it all out using my trusty gas soldering iron.
  21. 8 points
    ssayre

    My son in the buggy

    I was able to drag my 19 year old son out of bed today and he had his first time in the buggy and first time flying the nasa stars. He's on break from school. He actually went 20 yards or so in the buggy a year ago, but I didn't count that. This time he was making his way back and forth and got the hang of turning. Didn't quite get him staying upwind but he did pretty good. I can't stress enough how great the stars are for teaching people how to kite. I didn't have him hook in so he just held onto the bar. He had to let go a few times but I was able to relaunch without tangles. We did not have the 3rd line hooked up which when thrown to safety with 3rd line hooked up usually results in some tangles so this worked out quite well. bar just dragged down wind a bit but didn't really have any appreciable tangles. It was a great day for winter kiting. Just above freezing and sunny.
  22. 8 points
    plummet

    Last ride for the year!

    My last buggy was on the 30th. at the mighty northern moose. Started of with a 6am sunrise dune session. For 1.5 hours. Then later the morning hooked up the tandem and towed the kids round a circuit in the dunes. Then finished off the day with tandem sunset session on the hard sand. Oh yeah. That day will stay with me a very long time!. If you can pull a sunrise/sunset buggy in the same day that is a very special thing. Doing it with the family even more special.
  23. 8 points
    jhn.holgate

    Flysurfer Peak 2

    A few shots from this evening's session....
  24. 8 points
    KiteStyle

    Foil boarding - hmmm pass

    To each his own, there's so many ways to get your thrills kitesurfing and foiling is just another one. It's here to stay. It won't suit everyone. I was kiting when wakestyle was the big trend, started when some ex wakeboarders converted over, like Best. I've never liked wakestyle or seen the point of jumping 2m off the water and doing flicky twisty spinny things (like damien leroy above) when you can do big air instead. But it started winning comps because it's technically way harder than going big. Having said that OP saying something "looks dicky" is a bit.. well... you know... dicky. Foiling suits guys like me - been kiting 10+ years,getting too old and carrying too many injuries to go out in 30kts frontal conditions or bust out kiteloops. Just settled back into mowing the lawn with the occasional big air thrown in. All of a sudden here's a new challenge, hard learning curve, opens up masses of fun in the 8-15kt range that's very common, speed is addictive, and speed + upwind angles combined with soft, easy ride open up coastal exploration and massive upwind/downwinders, still able to launch big air, and regardless of what anyone else thinks I think it's the coolest board out on the water x 100.
  25. 8 points
    jhn.holgate

    Born Kite Long Star

    This time I double checked the camera! Winds were 2 - 10 knots at the absolute most, but the 3m still did surprisingly well in the light and shitty winds. It feels like it's got a lot of power for it's size and flys really nicely - it will fly a little better once the pilot's had a bit of practice.


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