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Craig Hansen

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  • Birthday 11/09/1960
  1. Craig Hansen

    Who has the fastest buggy time

    Depower foils (Bridal). we ran a couple, infact we ran all sorts of configurations and kites, the depoer foils dint have the leggs, at about 80kmh the buggy was too quick for them and they would irecovably drop further and further back in the window, untill the lines went under the back wheel, almost impossable to recover even by turning down wind, the only fix was to slow the buggy down, depowers are too slow in ther current state of development, note we did not try any Flysurfer's. (I do think there is room though, for an AP foil hear but still a lot of development to go on a canopie that will accept the system and be as quick as a Vapor.) The same with the reactor II the buggy was able to out pace the kite, but it was possable to recover the kite back in to the box with a bit of fiddling but the kite would have to go back through the power zone and would often not make it through unscathed, and invariably we would break the line sets and some times damage the kite. We (NZ Team) had simalar problems with the vapors but far less than any other kites, my ratio of this was about 3 to one on Arie so I was siginificantly harder on gear than he was, this is testiment to his spectacular flying skills,(years of tranning on the race circuts of Europe) Conversley the Arc's were never subject to this receding in to the wind windw problem, any of them, at all, ever!!! even when caught in a lull and the momentum of the buggy took over, quite something, we went right back to F-Arc's. Top speed was on a 19Mt Venom I, on a bar and short lines. One other thing we found was the twitchieness of the vapors at 80+ kmh was phenominal and the slightest controll inputs were all that was needed to keep the kite in the box and propper racing handles were a huge advantage in this instance and for me a very diffrent style of holding the handles was nessary I normaly hold the handles vertically with my top finger over the top line, and this style did not give me the feeling or controll needed for hi-speed controll of the kite, so I had to un learn this style and instead learn to hold the handles horizontaly with my hands below the top lines, this method gave me the controll and feel that I could not get form the way I have allways flowen, a big thing to get my head arround as it was no longer instinctive, a big unlearning curve, on the learning curve. Craig.
  2. Craig Hansen

    Who has the fastest buggy time

    Me on my own nothing, however, the buggy Peter, Steve, Gavin and I put together, had some radical design features and these have created a lot of intrest, stuff like supine riding position, fully faired cockpit, enclosed floor, faired Struts, to name a few, and I am shure we will see some of these features duplicated in the next round of speed machines produced. Our top speed was 111Kmh, and this in just 48Kmh wind, this is a telling figure, and reflects directly on the total LTD of the packadge i.e. kite, Lines, buggy and pilot, this especially has created a LOT of intrest. We need faster kites and have some ideas that Peter is working on with his son Pete. Just for intrest, one of the most amazing things was the apparent wind effects on the Arc kites, when they were pressured and running at about 95-100 kmh the point of sail could be varied down wind conciderably with out loss of speed, up 40 Deg, quite a strange feeling and making it difficult to judge the best point of sail with the conventionnal seat of the pants and back of the neck guages most bugiers use. The other exhilirating thing was rolling around the desert at 100+ kmh for hours at a time, with out effort, or danger, one of our stratigies was to be out there bugging at speed wating for the gusts to come through, on the one day we had a steady wind for hours and could just hold the buggy at 105kmh for the full 5 km track we were running, again and again, it is quite an amazing feeling to be able to effortlessley sustain that kind of speed using only the wind. I am hooked. Craig PS that speed was on a Venom I
  3. Craig Hansen

    Recommend Me a Kite!

    This post sounds Like a one eyed Ozone monster fest!! Why would you want to buy a DE-power kite? Buy a POWER kite and learn how to fly it properly, they are cheeper, smaller, faster, easer to fix, have better upwind the list goes on... I agree DE-power kites are nice big SAFE blimps, but they are not the only answer! Craig
  4. Craig Hansen

    look what I made

    Hi Andy Just a point that hasn’t been mentioned yet Back Rests are potential Back Breakers, they are all good when the buggy is shiny side up but when it is rubber side up they have the potential to cause injure. As do most fun things in life and we wouldn’t be bugging if it as a safe as play station. I know! Just a bit of info on the Mk II and some of the reasons it is the way it is, we try to keep the weight of our PLK buggies down as low as practically possible, this is in an effort to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, i.e. neck, back, shoulders, head, etc should you be trapped, caught or belted in to the buggy during a smash, a back rest and high sides can act as a fulcrum, depending on the weight of the person and or the weight of the buggy bad things can happen, it is better for the rider if things can break or move out of the way before bones and ligaments start to break or let go. All these small things add up to making bad incidents during good sessions non issues, (we hope.) I hope this info helps with your rebuild, it’s looking good so far. Craig
  5. Craig Hansen

    Who has the fastest buggy time

    Hears mine. Just looking around the web, reading posts on forums, speaking to people and from the level of enquire we are receiving, it looks like we have started something with buggy design for speed attempts, very encouraging, this new level of interest in Speed will be very good for kite development, quite excited about this. Craig PS not able to post images??
  6. Craig Hansen

    Kite Buggy Technique

    Hi Denver Welcome to a world of Addiction. My 5c worth. Kite on bars are handicapped to an extent, as you dont get all you can out of them as the bar restricts that manipulation. If you get a chance fly a 4 line foil on handles and you will get a diffrent aspect on handeling and kite control and from that experience you will be better able to place the kite (handels or Bar) where it will do you the most good for bugging. Craig
  7. Craig Hansen

    Sothern Cross Outlaw Racing

    What an Awesome weekend of Bugging on Charles beach. Full day on Saturday flying everything in the bag including a solid session on the Classic 2 liners, I forgot just how much fun they are to fly and what a crowd pleaser with the noise they make. Sunday light winds but some good racing none the less, good result for Peter Lynn kites and buggies and the South Islanders, with a first and second place, you have to love those Reactor II's, just awesome kites, great speed and stability, even in the light conditions, combined with the great handling and ability to hold power of the drop axel Peter Lynn Beach Cruiser a winning combination on the day. Top speed Saturday 81.4 Peter Lynn Cruiser 5.5 Reactor II Top speed during the race on Sunday 45 Peter Lynn Cruiser 10.8 Reactor II A short Video Hear. Thanks Charlie for a Great Weekend.
  8. Craig Hansen

    Sothern Cross Outlaw Racing

    Quick reply, more later, but we had a awsome time on Charlies Beach, heaps of wind on Saturday and flew everything including stacks of Fxifoils, Bob Dawson D wings, Nop's Speed wings old school stuff, had a ball, Sunday not so much wind Reactors took first and second YoYo third and Ozone Yakuza 4th. We, the South Island Crew, Killed them, they are going to get tired of this soon and then we might be in trouble but untill then we will Gloat at every opertunity. Craig
  9. Craig Hansen

    Mad Way South - The Sahara Challenge

    Still under negotiation but we have two takers at the moment, the brokering process is with an agent and we wait for him on this. There is 100 hours of Hi Quality fottage some of it in HD, all filmed by professional camera men under the guidence of Linc from FotoMedia (producer/Director) I dont know what u call him, so there is some good stuff there and a great story to tell, all the tape has been ripped to hard drive and allocated to bins so is reary for editing in to a movie doco whatever is needed, so we are ready to make that happen as soon as the agent comes up with the goods. This movie doco thing is a strange game not straight forward at all, it is all about who you know not what you know very political and strange world. Craig
  10. Craig Hansen

    Mad Way South - The Sahara Challenge

    Wow I missed all this mid trip and post trip posting on this thread cause I was in the desert and traveling home while it was all going on just found it now!! Just wanted to Say thanks for all the good wishes, and am humbled by your keen interest and enthusiasm for our success. Thank You. Just to update you on the fund raising for the She Rescue Home ()I have, since returning, been asked to speak at a number engagements, functions, clubs, universities etc, the fees and donations I have received as a result of this have gone to the girls in Cambodia, in excess of $3000 NZD now, so the trip is still changing lives of children caught in bad circumstances. Thanks again Craig
  11. Craig Hansen

    The Half Pipe

    What and spoil all the fun. Craig
  12. Craig Hansen

    What was your TOP speed for 2009 ?

    We had good wind and a long hard beach. Craig
  13. Craig Hansen

    The Half Pipe

    What a sweet back yard you have to play in SY, we had some challenging but awesome times in the dunes in the Sahara, we learned to treat them with respect and had to quickly develop strategies to cross dune fields safely. Although the dunes were one danger to the expedition the land mines in Western Sahara were much more of a threat and harder to see and buggy through. Unfortunately we were too pressed for time to spend the hours we would have liked to playing on the dunes, but they are real fun when u do have time and wind. I have another trip planned to Kuwait to buggy there this year, I will have all my gear with me I might be able to organise a stop over in Dubai for a quick desert mission in your dunes. Craig
  14. Craig Hansen

    Sothern Cross Outlaw Racing

    The NZ Lads are having a bit of a buggy meet at Raglin this weekend, some Sothern Cross Outlaw Racing is on the cards. We, the south island crew, have been making buggies for the event and practicing, setting up gear, balancing wheels and stuff. Hey Lads up North I hope you are ready, cause we (The South Island Slashes) are coming to take another win back to the Mainland, soon you will have no more stuff up there to win it will all be down here in Ashburton . Craig
  15. Craig Hansen

    What was your TOP speed for 2009 ?

    Moose Meet 09 Did 88 kph in the new Ultra Light * With a hard wired Reactor 2 *(standard Peter Lynn Mk II geometry but under 14kg with Composit rear Axil and Lynn leading link front end) New Personal best. Craig
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