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  1. koma

    surviving the death loop

    As someone who has experience a couple of 'death-loop' incidents i can say that the video is highly misleading and should not be taken overly seriously. Kite loops can be caused by many more things than simply user-error bar tangles, commonly involving bridles or attachment points at the kite getting wrapped around a wing tip. Given an uncontrolled kite is all about the amount of time you have between the incident starting and you being able to resolve it, i certainly wouldn't be faffing around with pulling a rear line unless i knew i had all the time in the world. The best thing you can do is to follow your training and deploy your safety mechanisms by order of escalation: 1 - bar out (but still keep a hold of it!) 2 - quick release from the harness hook (ie. drop to your safety leash) 3 - release the safety leash and let the kite go Line knife is definitely something that i'd recommend having on you but not for dealing with death loops. It doesn't really matter where on the harness it is as long as you're able to reach it instinctively in the event of an actual line tangle. The Mystic harnesses i used to have all had them on either the hip or under the spreader bar.
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    Crimbo pressies...

    I'll form an orderly queue behind you Gozzy. My frozen shoulder sounds less urgent.
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    Sandy Point Speed Week2014 Slope Soaring

    Zac: you're a weapon with that Wicked Wing! Very nice flying. Norm: i think you need to lift your game.
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    Wanted Buggy

    Lets take this to PM. You've got mail.
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    Wanted Buggy

    I'm sure i could ship my Peter Lynn bugger over to Perth for a lot less than $250! Give me a shout if you're interested.
  6. Interesting what's been getting the attention. So far i've sold the travel bag to a snowboarder and all the really used stuff has gone leaving almost all of the good bits still available.
  7. It's Koma's clearout sale! As some may know, i'm heading overseas in a couple of months and am trying not to leave anything in storage so everything must go. Photo's are available on request, but this is my beloved kite gear that's been to many a Sandy Point speed week and Extreme Kites event. Not usually photographed though as i'm mostly the one behind the camera. KITES (all with bag, bar & lines) LEI's All gone FOILs '11 Pansh 2m trainer kite; hot pink (on quad-line handles) - seems to have gone missing or is hiding! BUGGY & MTB Gone to a new home BOARDS & BOOTS 2011 5'8" Stonker kite surfboard with quad fins & plugs ready for straps; inc FCS bag - $300 2011 Liquid Force Vantage open toe boots (size 11-14) - $250 OTHER STUFF Saris Bones 3 bicycle rack; used once - $200 Audison LRX1.1k monoblock amp - $400 Audison SRx4 amp - $200 Hertz HX300 12" sub in box - $100 Dell 3007 30" LCD monitor; the big ba$tard! - $400 Google Nexus 7 2012 16gb wifi; Android 5.0 Lollipop - $120 SOLD 2011 Fluid Grind 135x41 board with 50mm fins 2010 Mystic Warrior II waist harness; red/black, well used but still good 2010 KGB 'Coffin' travel bag with wheels. Double layer; holds 1 or 2 boards (up to 145cm) + 3x kites + wetsuit + extras Dell 2407 24" LCD monitor; the baby big ba$tard 2009 Naish Torch 12m; green/brown (repaired) '11 Naish Torch 11m; yellow/black '05 Ozone Frenzy 7.5m; red/black 2012 Mystic Shadow waist harness; blue/white/black, minimal use in great condition 2012 Nobile NHP kiteboard; 134x42 with quick release 35mm fins Ground Industries Patrol 106 mountain board '08 Naish Alliance 8m; purple/grey, great storm kite! '05 Slingshot Fuel 15m; purple/black Peter Lynn F-Lynn buggy (CompST meets Flexifoil) Sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens (nikon mount) Pickup from Abbotsford, VIC or can post at buyers expense. Email - jasondsheehy+XK@gmail.com Mobile - O4O8 1O8 511
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    snowkiteing = one of my main goals in life

    I've snowkited twice successfully in my many years of taking my gear up with me. Both times were at Falls Creek + high cloud cover + 10-15kn northerly and it was absolute bliss. I've seen a few people trying to snowkite up at Falls and Hotham but they really didn't look like they were having fun in the marginal conditions. My recommendation for anyone contemplating trying it is to take your gear and don't expect to get a session in. If the heavens line up and the perfect day presents itself then get out there, otherwise just enjoy your time on the slopes. Falls Creek, 2009 The auto-size photo crops out the kite, but if you click on it you'll see the Ozone Frenzy 7m.
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    Blue Testies @ Speed Week 2014

    That was an awesome run! Definitely in my top 5 down winders. I still remember seeing the huge gust roll in and having my hand on my quick release waiting to get pummeled.
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    Multi-Rotor Thread

    Well my poor little FPV250 had a suspected motor failure from about 500m away and 100m up. Last video footage showed it spinning out of control and falling towards a creek. After searching for about an hour i'm almost positive that it's gone to Davie Jones Locker. Farewell little fella. I'm trying not to count the cost as i order replacement parts.
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    GoPro Hero3+ Black

    Off to fleabay it goes. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261490566871
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    GoPro Hero3+ Black

    Updated the price; need this sold. Brand spanking new GoPro3+ Black for $400 pickup.
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    GoPro Hero3+ Black

    GoPro Hero3+ Black Condition: Brand new in box and packaging. Reason for sale: you know those 'mates' who ask you to buy something for them and will pay you later. Old mate has now said he doesn't need one, and i certainly don't need two. No one on XK, so no need to name and shame. Price: Updated to $400 pickup (Abbotsford or Melbourne CBD)/ plus post Other stuff: It's the regular edition one that comes with the remote control, curved and flat adhesive mounts, QR buckles and a 3-way pivot arm. I bought the surf edition for myself as it comes with the big sticky board mount. Cheapest price i can find on the 3+ Blacks at the moment is Kogan which is $410 + $34 P&H(!!?!) = $442, so save yourself $22 and have it in your hot little hands immediately.
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    Windburn @ Speed Week 2013

    Yep,that about sums it up! Big thanks to Joel & Mel for hosting another great Sandy Point weekend of fun!
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    Windburn @ Speed Week 2013

    See everyone down there tomorrow! With wind like Sunday's forecast i'll be out on the water but will pack the buggy for Saturday.