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  1. 10 points

    Super Tracks - video

    Never has a video cost me so much in time and expense. I hope its not a total waste of yours.:)
  2. 8 points
    Giving the Chrono 11m a fly in 3-5knots 5DB4CCBE-DAC4-44AE-9C62-A94816A14EBD.MOV
  3. 6 points

    Happy Christmas

    To all kiting enthusiasts out there, wishing you all have a safe and happy Christmas with fair winds and enough free time to enjoy them
  4. 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.
  5. 5 points

    The things you find at jaycar

    Haha, someone had a good laugh when they adding products to the jaycar online store. Too bad they are now out of stock https://www.jaycar.com.au/flux-capacitor/p/OUTATIME
  6. 5 points

    F#@k It All....

    MASSIVE.... Rangin Antonin.
  7. 5 points

    One more

    I'm so tempted to sign up under the alias "@Liftywonds"
  8. 5 points

    Moose Pictures

    Hey lads. Here's some moose pictures to drool. Another fantastic Moose. Dunes were just perfect! smooth, rolling no harsh sections. Wind was lighter I used my 12m chrono for most of it.
  9. 4 points

    Peter Lynn Nova - Closed Cell Foil

    Stuart Mackay shared this photo on a post, after some reading it's a new Closed Cell from Peter Lynn for 2019. It will be available in 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12M.
  10. 4 points

    Sand in Your Undies at Kingston SE 2019

    Had a great run this arvo on the clay pan along with John and Doug. A little sticky as you head west and a bit bumpy out in the middle at high speed, but 104 kms of awesome fun. Bottom line is, the beach AND the clay pan are in brilliant nick. Look forward to catching up.
  11. 4 points

    Another reason to go to Yeppoon

    If there's no wind, you can get squashed like a bug by a giant mad max toilet plunger. Or surf.
  12. 4 points
    This January at Kingston in South Australia I was on my Chrono 18m2 in bugger all wind. In Yeppoon QLD at Easter I ran my ELF 18m2 Joker 7 kite. A quick video of @gannet trying it out one afternoon. Even the butterflies were overtaking us down wind that day.
  13. 4 points

    What is this?

    Antenna for the tracking device. Installed by the same folks that put fluoride in your water.
  14. 4 points

    Next Challenge....

    For those that enjoy a sail between their legs...
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  16. 4 points

    Funny Videos

    I raced landyachts against this guy last weekend at Lake Lefroy WA. He's a card in real life too. He hates cats nearly as much as I do.
  17. 4 points


    Im up there now @Tiger37
  18. 4 points

    Born-Kite RaceStar

    Finally got my finger out and wrote a review of the Racestar. Also, had another great session with the 5 and 7 meter RS's over the weekend. Absolutely loving these kites. Got a mate who's very new to buggying and who's only other experience with a depower resulted in him being dragged face first up a dune for 20 meters while I yelled for him to let go of the bar (Which was hilarious to watch, but left him a little weary of kites with bars to say the least). I managed to coax him into trying the 5m RaceStar and he found it incredibly effortless to fly. So much so that i didn't get the kite back for a few hours while he zoomed about the place with a huge grin on his face.
  19. 3 points
    Jase Shepperd

    Taken out

  20. 3 points

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    I'll let you fly them in Kingston mate!!!! I bought them last Saturday evening.
  21. 3 points

    HELP! Ozone Chrono bridle

    @Kamikuza, @jeffnyc, @plummet. and @Chook thanks for all your help and advice. I tried all sorts of initiatives to adapt my Totem Born kites bar for the Chrono but decided that it looked messy and as safety is my first priority decided to look out for a second hand Ozone bar. Today this beauty arrived in the post. It’s 54cm 2016 and hardly used with lines in excellent condition. So I now need to try it out. Will try and quickly get out on local ovals in low wind but otherwise will take the set up to Sandy Point next week. Yeeehaaa!!
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points

    Born-Kite RaceStar

    THIS JUST IN Already in production and to be commercially released in October is the RaceStar+, a matching 5.0, 7.0, 9.0, and 11.0m quiver to the original RaceStar. A forthcoming video will explain the nuances, but the principle difference as Steffen explained it to me is the addition of some flexible vertical spars in the trailing edge to keep the shape of the kite more complete during jibe turns. Gotsta love how Steffen keeps on innovating in the SS DP world! I'm really loving the RSs and now have a complete quiver. For my needs the RS+ is overkill but I can see how this refinement could be important in racing and other maximum performance conditions. A small weight and packing penalty, but these SS DP 6:1 AR kites still come in way lighter and pack more compactly than comparable race kites with their (unnecessary) second skins.
  24. 3 points

    MEFM heading home

    That’s beautiful. Now seeing as no one is making these anymore.... and you have a pristine specimen for reproduction. You know what I am going to ask
  25. 3 points

    Dean Kite Festival

    here is some video from the day, no sound so choose your own music.

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