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  1. 8 points
    @Northern Kites Australia found your Waterfoil bridle
  2. 7 points

    Project speed

    Ive ordered one of these suits for ultimate speed.....
  3. 6 points

    Yeppoon 2018

    Ha ha Joel. @wolfie reckons an average so 93.9kmh (just upped my PB slightly) and I held over 90kmh for 1,283 meters up past Ridges resort for a 90kmh/ fastest kilometre. Wet yesterday all day so just socializing happening. Make that pissed rain all day and last night blowing like 40 bastards. Sun is out today (Monday) with a 28-30knot SSE blowing, so just having lunch waiting for the tide to go out to get some beach to use. Awesome conditions as the cyclone is threatening. 7 years coming here and looks like it wont let me down this year with another weather event/cyclone?? Will have to see what evolves wind wise. The beach is absolutely perfect all the way to the point. Creek crossing is a total non event only being 50mm deep at low tide, but surprised me by being 400mtrs wide at low tide. Gotta run baked beans are finished and it's off to the beach. .
  4. 6 points

    Grandfathers Axe

    If a man speaks in the forest and his wife doesn't here him, is he still wrong?
  5. 6 points
    pictures or it didn't happen An interesting Kite with some strange characteristics. It generated a fair amount of pull in about 10 knots. A Fun kite to fly. It takes ages to inflate with its little Goatse inlets. @.Joel suggested bring your own leaf blower. Anyway after giving here a spin, I nominated @Chook who jumped to the task like a trooper. "It flys like a rev" After Chook had a blast, he nominated @The Duke. more to come ...... Thanks Joel. now I won't have a giant Cock for an avatar.
  6. 6 points

    Poker Face @ Kingston 2018

    New position available..... Some photos from our last couple of days here (you’ll find photos from earlier in the week on the blog) @roblukin @Chook @roblukin @Chook and @igeighty @roblukin and @igeighty @Mez and @igeighty Kingston S.E Foreshore
  7. 5 points

    Born-Kite Racestar 5.0M

    I’ll admit I’m a big fan of Born Kites. I first heard about them from watching a video by John Holgate about the NASA Star 2 kites a few years back. I bought some, and have been a Born-kite fan ever since. I also own 4 of Longstar 2’s, which I like a lot. I was waiting with some anticipation for the RaceStars. And when they were released I decided to get one pretty much straight away. But which size? I debated for about 24 hours with myself, and then, being cash-rich and self control poor, decided to just avoid any hard decision making and buy a full quiver. The kites arrived and sat there taunting me as I had injured my back and could hardly walk, let alone fly - until a few weeks ago at the 24th annual Blue Balls Buggy Bash at Port Waikato in New Zealand. The RaceStars are designed to be a buggy race kite. To go fast on a nice flat, hard pack beach. So in true kiwi style, we tested them in the dunes at port Waikato, because anyone can fly on the flat, but it’s in the dunes where kites and men are truly tested. As usual with Born-kites, the construction is top notch. Like many single skins, the leading edge contains small flexible battens to keep the edge in shape. The sail is pretty much flat, except for a few small triangular ribs that spread the load in places of high stress. This means that unlike most other single skins, the RaceStars are pretty much flat with no "ribs" running down the wing. The biggest difference with the RaceStar over previous Born-Kites is in the bridling. There is much, much less of it than with the longstar2’s and it’s made from a proprietary coated line developed exclusively by Born-kite. Less bridling reduces drag obviously but also makes for a much more pleasant experience when you crash in grass or on a beach with that horrible dry razor sharp weed - no more spending 20 minutes getting that dry seaweed out of the bridles. Born-kites are looking at using this new bridle line on the longstar3 as well. I ordered my kites fitted with the FAS (front area safety). This an optional fifth line safety that essentially folds the kite like a taco. I was intending to use a fifth line setup, but have since changed my mind, as I use an Ozone bar with front line flag out. (Several people asked what that extra line hanging off the kite was until I bundled it up and locked it into its retaining loop) I will probably end up removing it. Shortly after I ordered mine, I received an email from Steffen with a diagram showing that the RaceStars worked best with a 31cm extension on the steering lines. I made some pigtails up and took them with me to the meet. I hooked the 5m RaceStar up to a brand new ozone bar, on 25meter lines and launched it. The kite was responsive but a little twitchy in the air and was suffering a little from some back-stalling. Still quite flyable, but “not quite right”. I’m still fairly new to de-power kites, and still working out what to adjust when things don't feel right. Plummet was keen for a go, so I handed it over. He quickly confirmed that it wasn’t right and reckoned it needed a bit more backline. So we landed and added the recommended 31 cm extensions I’d made to the backline leaders, and relaunched. It was a different kite. No more tendency for back-stalling, much better de-power range, and just really nice to fly. And fly it does, fast, with a nice smooth power build up. Plummet hooked up the 7 and took off into dunes with it. He’s been known to have strong opinions about born-kites in the past, and as a very experienced kiter I respect his judgement, so when he got back pronounced the Racestars “Good. I’d definitely have one of those.” and then went on to give it a good review. I was quite pleased. I had a brief session with the 7 which was fantastic, but most of the weekend the 5 suited the conditions for me. The kite is awesome to fly, the 5 is incredibly fast to turn, which can make powered turns in the buggy a little hard as it tends to pivot around its centre, I think with a little practice fully powered turns would be fine. After a couple of hours tearing around the dunes I really got the feel for the kite and started getting some nice fast runs. The power comes on smooth and fast, but very controlled. As I said upwind performance is fantastic, Plummet says not quite as good as his Chrono, but it’s not far off. I certainly was able to go upwind better than any other kite I own and there were very few times I had to tack to get where I wanted to go. The kite was super stable in the air with no tendency to tip tuck and sat nicely in the window. As Plummet pointed out in his review, it would just drift back into the window when slack-lined and not wad itself into a ball and fall out of the sky. All single skins have a tendency to ‘flap’ (Aka “shopping bagging”) and the race star will if you are de-powered, but when even minimally powered up, the wing pops into shape is very stable with no flapping at all. I only mention it in the Negatives summary because - well - you have to put something in there. The RaceStars two-tone colour scheme with the black looks stunning in the air. There is something about the fabric or dye’s Born-Kite use that gives their kites a vibrancy of colour that other kites just don’t seem to have. I also spent some time with the 7 meter last weekend on a nice stretch of flat beach. And it was a blast. However, I was flying on a 50cm bar, and the kite definitely needs a bigger bar as turning was a bit sluggish unless I tent-poled the floats to give it a bit of extra leverage. But that’s not a kite issue, just something to be aware of when matching your bar up. I haven’t flown the 9 or 11 yet, but I am looking forward to it. So are the RaceStars any good? Hell yes! Fast, responsive, superb upwind, less bridling, and look good. Low bar pressure makes long sessions a breeze. Light and small pack up compared to a high aspect foil. And, as we discovered on the last day of the Blue Balls, fast to pack up when you have lightning storms approaching. If you are buying kite only, just make sure you add the extensions to your rear leaders to give that 31cm extra on the steering lines. I think Born-Kite are a great company who are competing in a tough market by doing innovative things - they haven’t always got it right <cough>longstar1<cough> but sometimes, when a company is trying to innovate, instead of just flog a yearly upgrade, it doesn’t quite work out. But they clearly learn from any mistakes and are committed to designing and producing top notch kites that get better and better. The RaceStars are definitely an example of their innovation and skill in the single skin space. So If you are looking for a buggy engine with serious get up and go, great upwind performance that looks great in the air, buy one - or four, you won’t regret it.
  8. 5 points

    Yeppoon 2018

    Had a ball yesterday with Rob Lukin, Bernie and myself in fantastic winds and getting lots of runs up to the point overtaking cars. Goz and Chuck were overhead filming the action with their quads. Had an incident by breaking a power line on my Ozone R1 and ripped out some bridals. All respliced and back up and running as we are getting the tropical cyclone weather today and steady rain. It took 2 hours to untangle the bridals as when I dumped the chicken loop safety, it was the flag out line that had snapped so it blew 100 meters into the creek and had the walk of shame back to camp. Just a little note to Joel.
  9. 5 points

    Yeppoon 2018

    We're back with some @Chookenomics! Apparently @Chook managed to do 45km/h in 30 knots
  10. 5 points

    Project speed

    Even comes with pneumatic chest protection. Nice!
  11. 5 points

    Summer 2017/18 Sandy Point Sessions

    no worries buddy, however I found them in my boot and back seat. thinking you would miss them, I put them safely in your R1 bags... not sure which one. Im sure if you uses your nose, you'll sniff them out.. cheeky bugger....
  12. 5 points

    Poker Face @ Kingston 2018

    Pining badly for more beach action and missing the fantastic company I had while there. I'm shit at editing so please forgive this old fart!!! Modified Sysmic 2 buggy on Beach racers and a 7m2 Ozone R1
  13. 5 points

    The Need For Speed

    Why, hello there.May I present to you my video from yesterday, Wednesday morning Jan24 2018.Thanks guys, hope you enjoy.
  14. 5 points
    Top fun. Will have a quick edit ready soon. DrWind and I got new PB's and Nigel clocked up just on 150kms for the day. Here's the edit
  15. 4 points

    Project speed

    Just got to find 2 more of the same go-kart wheels and some bearings and I'm ready to chase the world speed record and try for 100kph.
  16. 4 points

    Yeppoon 2018

    Finally the rain has stopped today and we got out for a morning buggy before the incoming tide stopped play. Bernie and myself along a still perfect beach after the storm. The wind was 15-19 knots up the beach a bit and made it hard work to get back to the caravan park at times. Practically no-one on the beach as everyone has cleared out due to the cyclone threat. There is only 6 vans in the park today and I'm by myself at Driftwood during the day. Very quiet makes it fantastic buggying for us. I was surprised as our quick 1 hour outing this morning got me to 88.8kmh in what I though was pretty tame conditions with my old 7m2 Ozone R1. Not a single bump along the beach due to the big swells planning it flat. Might get an afternoon run in if the wind holds out. Forecast is for great onshore winds for the next 7 days.
  17. 4 points
    @nigel did a great job all weekend... in more ways than one!
  18. 4 points

    Kitesurfing video New Brighton

    Light wind free style session at Brighton beach, @TheVelcroCats having a ball.
  19. 4 points
    Just a little taste of todays action with Rob Lukin via some drone footage captured by a friend... Absolute awesome day and some great footage to go through (4 GoPro Camera's and the drone...... going to be a long night)
  20. 4 points
    Yes the Michelin S83's were spitting sand every where!! I might not have been the fastest buggy on the beach, but no one had rooster tails behind them the whole day!! While the 15 year old Libre might have been outclassed by the new shiny GT's it wasn't far behind. My GT would have needed to be jammed in the little Fiesta, the Libre was already in bits from the last outing. 131km covered for the day. PS: I am glad my ARC has spars, no chance that Joel can do that with it!!! (hang on, he is Greek!?!?!) Velvet pure soap to wash your kite Doug, and some gloves required.
  21. 4 points
    @Outlaw: Props for the Frankenstein 16+ kite. I'm an old school Dutchie hooked on F's and P's. Proud to fly them regularly in 2018! On mountainboard, buggy, skateboard, skies and on steady wind days even on the water. I really love these kite, ever since the introduction. Depower can be found in choking the kite and keeping it choked until the kite reaches the edge of the windwindow or zenith. By choking you can lower the speed of the kite and so you are able to kill the apparent wind quotient. F12 and F9 are far favorable over F16, because of the respons and turning speed. Nice alternative are the Phantoms, but I am still head over heels on my F's. ArcSissy
  22. 4 points
    Awesome trip! @rednblackmatuka, @bakersdozen & I camped at Waratah Bay for the night and slept under the stars all night with the swags open. I'm sure Mark's swag was "vaping" at times Woke up to a beautiful morning and views of the water in the distance, we could see the wind come through as the white caps hit. Toasted sandwiches on the BBQ then off to the beach to catch up with @Mez, @igeighty & @nigel. Wind was onshore from the moment we stepped on the beach, kited for a while and then the wind felt like it stabilised a bit and picked up out towards the point. My first day on the 7M R1 and managed to break 81km/h which I was happy with. Nigel spent the day playing in the sand with his wheels Overall a great day! The Silver Fox just chilling.... PS @Mez & @igeighty thank you for bringing my socks back!
  23. 4 points
    Great day out with Mark Joel Jim Mezz Nigel and Maggie, the 4.5m vapor spanked me so I changed down to a 3.2.
  24. 4 points

    Poker Face @ Kingston 2018

    We arrived home safely just before lunchtime today after covering 5,443km for round trip in the Patrol. Man it was the most heat I have ever experienced on the road heading home, with the outside air temp in the Patrol showing a top of 52.4 degrees C, as we passed by Lochiel, North of Adelaide and passing Lake Bumbunga with really strong NE winds. You couldn't hold your hand on the inside of the windscreen. The front mudguard on my buggy folded over with the heat and wind pressure and we were dodging the sticky patches of tar on the road driving mostly along the fog line to keep the wheels clear of the soft tar. We got to Wudinna and it was still 41 degrees when we had tea at the pub and stayed the night. Up early next morning and under way again and it was still 37 degrees and the sun didn't rise for another hour of travel. A bizarre day as we headed west, it got hotter with 42.4 at the Fowlers bay turn off. Refueled at Nullabor, still stinking hot and Diesel costing $189.9 per litre. The further we travelled west we entered an enormous thunderstorm and the temps slowly dropped as the drizzle increased and we spent the rest of the day with the wipers on (which was great as it flushed all the salt from Kingston and tar off the vehicle). We ran out of puff 430kms into WA at Caiguna and had tea at the roadhouse and a motel room for the night. Went to bed cooked. Up at 5.00am and back on the road and MUCH cooler too. Lots of road kill and huge wedge-tail eagles feasting on the fresh carcases. The Nullabor is the lushest I have ever seen it in all the years I have been crossing it. This was my 53 crossing being from South Aust originally. (Victor Harbour) Thanks everyone for such a great time and the Caravan park #6 cabin has been booked from the 13th to the 27th Jan for 2019. So you will have to put up with us once again. Lotsa luv, Chook and Anne.
  25. 4 points

    Poker Face @ Kingston 2018

    winds blowing that way..