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  1. Decided to go out for a quick fly with the family today (as it's corona Kite fest weekend), and take some pics to add to the fun. But greeted with a buggy zipping around the field and a new kiter struggling with twisted lines. So a big Hello to the boys their today!! Don't be lurkers, say hello, post up a message, and we can include you in our events, or random banter. Plenty of old farts kiters here to help if you want it. Or even if you want a hand setting up a kite! Hope to catch you both next time!!! And a pic of what I set up for the Corona Kite Fest.
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    Thinking of you all!

    Hi Kevin, We are all locked up and finding new things to do. The kids seem to be handling the virus shut down fine. Not sure how they will be in a few weeks time though? I've got plenty of kites and ground bouncers to make, let alone me grabbing a few plastic model kits from my mega stash. So I should be fine, it's how stir crazy the rest of the family will get!! Warmest wishes to you and Linda.
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    Reaching out...

    Hi All, Yes in lock down like the rest of Australia. My work is still running. At work we have removed all the doors, so you don't have to touch them. The kitchen area is being cleaned every day. We are all self distancing (easy to do with only 15 people in a factory as big as a footy oval). So as long as we can continue, I am working. The issue might be America, as most of our production eventually ends up there. If they slow down a lot we might have to put the brakes on production, but that will be a few weeks yet before that happens. On the home front, my two monsters (7+5), seem to be taking the whole virus in their stride. We have not seen any one, except from across the street distance for the last 2 weeks. The issue is going to be how mental they get being couped up when the weather turns for the worse as we roll into Winter. I have a few kites and ground bouncers that I need to make, and I raided my mega stash of plastic model kits. So I could be making stuff for weeks (closer to months) on end, no problems. Just like the rest of you, I too have cleaned the cars, and now am looking at doing a nice cut and polish on them. Stay safe and keep your distance.
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    U turn kites

    Hey @the_hatman race kites like to bite, so be careful. If your not used to flying them; they like to be powered up, don't like gusty wind, and deliver power at a rapid pace, much faster than a lower aspect wing. If you want to bring them down to the next flash mob fly we can give then an airing and get them sorted if you have the lines and handles done. How will the folding buggy handle the race kites?? Should be fine, it's usually the pilot who gets ejected at 40kph that ends up needing the repair shop services.
  5. Glad you lot had a fine run!! Work always gets in the way @Mez Don't know how many are interested in another run, but mark it in your calendar, Saturday the 21st, and Sunday the 22nd of December. Low tide at 1:40pm and 2:36pm. Being so close to Christmas some people might have finished for the year, and it still gives you a few days to finish the shopping if you leave it to the last minute. Fingers crossed for a good SW'er.
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    Hobbies - the definitive list

    Find all the clubs that are local to you. Then let the kids decide. I'd rule photography out. I know how much time, effort, and money goes into it. It can be done cheap, but if you get the photographic itch, it starts costing ......... And digital images need a computer to edit.
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    Night Buggy

    Done it as well. Except we had no moon. The only way to tell where the kite was, was by seeing what stars the kite blocked out. Tie a light stick (chemical lights) to the bridle, or chuck into the foil, as long as you don't turn the kite upside down it wont fall out. Chuck some push bike lights (red and white flashers) on the buggy, just so others can see you coming. Have fun!!
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Nothing wrong with a land board on the beach. @bakersdozen has a nice land board with "grannys" (big over sized wheels), so it can be done. The buggy has the advantage of being able to sit down, but size is it's nemesis. A land board is very easy to carry and store. Check out the tassie kite flyiers: www.taskite.org.au Checkout face book as well. As a kite club, I think there is more single line and static flyiers than power kiters, but you might be able to find a local to you. Yes a 5m+ fixed bridle would be a good start to jump on, any less and you will get spanked harder when it goes pear shaped. You should find an 8-10m depower will be about the same power, being bigger they tend to move a little slower, but have a bit more sail there should you need some float. We did have a few power kiters based in Tassie, but I think they were further South, and they seem to have been very quiet the last few years.
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Welcome @alison melia The amount of de-power depends very much on the kite. Some do more than others. You should find as a rule that high aspect kites will give a greater range of power adjustment over lower aspect kites. Good to see you are slowly moving up to a bigger kite each time, a great way to progress. The skills you learn can be moved along as you get bigger and bigger kites. You will also find that the smaller kites move far quicker than the big ones, so if you are gaining skills on a small kite, you should have little problems going to a bigger one. The big kites move slower, and as a result produce power the same way. The small kites move quick, and produce power quickly, and are often the kites that catch you napping. For jumping wait till you have a bigger kite. 4+m kite. It will have more "float" (softer landings) rather than a smaller kite which will have more "pop" (faster lifting), but pop doesn't work on the way down, only on the way up. Depower kites are bigger than fixed bridle kites for the same power. So an 8m depower may equal a 4m fixed bridle kite. Again it depends on the two kites (high aspect, low aspect, race kite, etc). Where are you based? We might have a forum member close by that can give you some pointers or even a go on some of their kites. Hope that's help a little.
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    Bye Dad.

    The Clifford's send our condolences to you mate. As Jim was a regular at most XK events, I have seen him for more than a few years, and always, full of fun and joy with the world. A sad loss to you, and all your family, may he forever be in your hearts and minds. RIP Jim.
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    What's everyone's go to kite in patchy light wind.

    3 knots, an 8.5m C-Quad. It's brown undies at 6+ knots. Super floaty if you want to jump off sand dunes though.
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    Tread Marks @ Speed Week 2018

    Current wind forecast looks good for Saturday. Cross on, with about 20 knots, easing later. Sunday should, and that is a should, have an afternoon sea breeze, but only 5-10 knots. Monday, a North Wester, light, and of shore. Tuesday, looks to be cross on and about 10-15, and turning more onshore later and increasing to 20 knots. But this far out, it could still change for Tuesday.
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    Super Tracks - video

    Loved it!!
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    Ways to bring kids for a ride along.

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    Tread Marks @ Speed Week 2018

    Mr 5 picked it up from kinder. The boy who passed it on had to go to hospital. Not sure you want to pass that on? But if you drink a bit too much you have the same result.