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    Low Wind Racing

    Hmm so I wonder what happens when the wind picks up, I can just imagine the foot pedals churning around wildly ready to mash your feet up. Perhaps they have a coaster mechanism like in push bikes.
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    A hard day at work

    Ya, well some people have no sense of humor.
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    Power Kite Line Sets

    line load is proportional to kite area, is proportional to the square of apparent wind, then the various proportionality constants depending on the kite design. For power kites, in my opinion ultimately depends on how much the kiter can hold down on load regardless of wind condition and kite size/design, hence why kite manuals say for typical 70 kg rider .... . For non-power kites, they usually will have an upper design limit on max wind speed, hence they would also state the line strength needed. So does a table exist to cover all kites — no. Dynamic similarity can help you though, so pick a similar kite with known limits on wind speed and line strength and you can figure out the strength needed for your kite, assuming we are talking about non-power kites, or pick a line strength based on how much you think you can hold down.
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    Best Kiting Food

    So what is your favourite or best kiting food to get you going in the morning and keep you going well into the day for kiting? Here is what we have as a tradition on the weekends, 50% - %50 flour and ground oats pan cakes. Keeps us going till late afternoon. Served best with a spread of butter, stewed blue berries and cream on top, not to forget a strong cup of black coffee and good company. Variations include, toppings of either nutella, honey or lemon juice+icing sugar.
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    Funny Videos

    Good one Joel, next they will look where the UBS plugs in.
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    Best Kiting Food

    So @plummet was right ... want to loose weight and be healthy? Ditch processed breakfast cereals and ice cream. I used to have weat bix + cereal (out of the box) + bannana + 1 prune for breakfast, and other times the odd ice cream — then I weighed 73 kg. No more ice cream, breakfast now very simple: rolled oats boiled in water, add a little skim milk, add one spood full of home made unsweaten yugurt — after about 2 months my weight is down to target of 65 kg. You would be amazed on the amount of sugar those factory made and delivered in cardboard boxes cereals have in them. The first week of the change in diet, had me looking at the fridge often, not any more. The porridge lasts me longer than the previous diet — great kiting food.
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    Lightweight Buggy rims

    I’ve experienced the same geometric wobble on my plastic MBS landboard rims, three of them perfect, one has the wobbles. Fortunately for me I do not go fast enought where it matters.
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    If you are lucky @goshen might give you some lessons, he is located in Geelong, one of the best landboarders/kiters in Melbourne, he used to run Kitepower in Geelong some years ago.
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Great to hear you got s landboard. Ok so if you are new to landboards, you now have two new skills to master, board and kite. For the board, find a grassy hill and practice some down hill runs with board only, get you used to steering and balance. Also learn how to power slide so you can stop, but for the first hill not too steep so no power slides needed. As some one else said learn to go with the flow, so, if the kite suddenly pulls you forward, don’t fight it, squat down and leap forward to take the tension of the lines, then keep on riding.
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    Hobbies - the definitive list

    Age range of hour kids? Hobby for kids or parents or both? Can make a difference in choice of hobby. Musical instruments can be a great hobby. Get them started on a simpler instrument to see if they like it. So a piano as first choice is perhaps not the best idea. A blues harp harmonica is a much better choice, this was my first musical instrument. Don’t get a cheap crappy one, start with a Honer Marine Band Blues Harp, plastic body, metal to and bottom, costs about 50 bucks. Once they advance they can bend the notes. Some thing both kids and parents can play together. Learn to play be ear first, then learn to read notes. There are some great instructions on the internet. Or a 4 string Ukulele, learn to play chords then to pick out notes. Then if you want to annoy people who have a distinct dislike for South American Pan flutes, a pan flute — make it yourself. Find some bamoboo, cut to length, fine tune by cutting to correct length, join them up with string/glue and wah lah a musical instrument. PVC pipe can also be used. Plenty of free tunner Apps out there to get the tuning right. Harmonica link, not a tutorial bet gives you an idea of how a good a harmonica can sound, the explore around on his channel for in depth tutorials.
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    Kiteboarder in trouble

    I can just imagine the realestate agent talking .... and now come round to the back of the house, look your own personal launch site and lake for kite surfing ... client, grins ... to his wife, I want ot buy this place ... four weeks later, after unpacking the box, let’s kite surf.
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    The things you find at jaycar

    somone was watching too much Dr Who. “Designed to work hand in hand with a small nuclear reactor or other suitable power source, the flux capacitor is capable of opening up a hole in the fabric of space time allowing transportation to a user defined point in the past or future.” ... $200,000.00 Great find Andt666.
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    Théo de Ramecourt Strapless Loops!

    good riding skills, every time I go riding strapless in big winds in the surf, invariably the board gets left behind on the water and I go vertical as I go over the waves . I just save the strapless days for ultra light wind days.
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    Ozone Explore

    Ya just ask the kiters at Stockton Beach, NSW, Australia. On long weekends the beach is a like a scene from a Max Scene due to cars being allowed on the beach. Then the rangers tell the kiters to go away from the beach and or the dunes. Go figure.
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    Someone giving his new(2nd hand) Chrono a fly

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    Acoustic and live performances

    No practice session, sound check, then just improvise, brilliant.
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    Foil board for next Olympics

    Now this will be interesting to watch, Foil Kites with Foil Boards now accepted as event in 2024 Paris Olympics, see https://www.iksurfmag.com/kitesurfing-news/2018/11/world-sailing-agm-confirms-kiteboarding-for-the-paris-2024-olympic-games/ Sorry LEI fans, no LEI’s permitted Will be an open class.
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    SOLD Trampa mountainboard

    Looks like MBS Trucks, but the deck looks like a custom, I am thining more like a Trampa rather than MBS board, MBS’s usually come with shinny ripple free decks with a picture on it rather than the raw out of the mould finish.
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Jumping with an 8m^2 depower, DON’T, not yet any way. At this size the kites are very responsive and typically the winds needed to boost you off the ground for this size kite are big winds and tend to be gusty — all translates into unpredictable, you go up quick and come down hard. I would probably go for a 10 m^2 depower as the first depower, winds will be lighter right for it, safer for you and boosting will be better. Don’t worry about boosting until you are total comfortable with your kite and landboard. If using handles with your fixed briddle, rig up a strop, ie rope between your handle ends which hooks into your harness, this takes the load off your arms. Bar systems to make fixed briddle systems into “like” depower are ok, my son used the ozone turbo bar, they are nice, but if you are on a budget and really have in mind a true depower kite, then a strop is a better option.
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    The next big thing?

    Difference between this and and LEI? Small diameter pressurized hosing? Advantages? Not much said about the design in the video. Oh sorry just looked at the web page link provided, ya cool.
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    Night Buggy

    My son and and and I did some night flights on the clay pan at Kingston, great fun, all the wind gusts had dissapeared, very steady wind and the moon was out. Just had to remember where the nasty obstacles are.
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    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Sounds like a buggy engine to me brm brm ... post some pics as you run down the salt pan with them. You’ve got a bit of kiting history there, good buy.
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    Super Tracks - video

    @RedSky sorry to hear that your GoPro Fusion lens got ruined. I guess I have always taken it for granted that the GoPros have a protective shell protecting the lens. Just googled it for the Fusion and see there is nothing for it due to the 360 degree field of view, argggg! Saw a Chineese made case for it, don’t know if that wrecks the 360 view. Sounds a like a poor design choice for an action cam targeted at extreme sports.
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    Naish Foil Board

    I have been waiting on the side lines patiently for some years now, hmm shall I buy one, shall I make one, too expensive, bills to pay ... Any way, Niash have currently a special going on, well I guess it's a special since they are offering a complete foilboard package for just under 2000 $NZ -- the board, mast, foot straps, fuselage, horizontal stabilizer and main wing. Purchased from KiteSports New Zealand, South New Brighton. Sure lots of other deals going, but want to support the local kitesurf shop. Sure it's a beginners board, but that is what I am with foilboards at the moment, and if I decide to upgrade, Zac gets to use it. Hey and guess who suggested the board to me? My lovely wife. . So here are some pictures of it It's what they call a free ride board with a low aspect ratio wing, so will not be breaking any speed records with it, but not trying to do this anyway. Just want to have some free ride fun out in a lazy swell when the wind is on the ligth side. Not exactly light weighing in at 9.7 kg but looks like it is robustly built, so will be more tolerant of my mistakes whilst learning. It is has 90cm mast, have already been told that I should consider a short mast for learning, hmm will see how I go. There is no angle of attack adjustment screws or similar, but suspect with such a low aspect ratio wing this will not be necessary. All the bits and pieces came undamaged and fitted well. Though not shown in the pictures also comes with a heavily padded carry bag for the mast, fuselage and wings -- nice. The screws interfacing the mast to the fueslage were a tight fit, needed quite some torque to screw them in, so these will not be unscrewing them selves in a hurry. Now all I need is some wind in the right direction to try the board out. Spot of Easterly onshore predicted for this evening at 18:00 but fluky whether it will actuall come through and tomorrow is forecast for solid Southerly (not onshore, blowing over the PortHills before reaching the beach). Will be interesting to see which of my FlySurfer kite sizes work best with the board, 8, 10, 12, 18 m^2. Guessing my 8m^2 Speed IV will be the best. Some more tech specs: Main wing Aspect ratio= 3.38, area 880 cm^2 wing span 54.6cm; board length 160cm width 48cm max; textured foam top all over. Also comes with a pair of 9cm heigh stubby fins for the board so you can use the board without the mast/hydrofoil. Might actually work well as a light wind kiteboard with such a large surface area, but really when the wind is light I will be aiming to use it with the hydrofoil. So I am expecting plenty of amuzing launches and unexpected landings -- all part of the fun and new learning experience.
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    Naish Foil Board

    Depth, ah right the p=density x depth x g. For the mast can be important but I doubt important for whistling. Where is the whistling coming from? Well in my opinion, it is not just from one thing. Think of it like a guitar or violin, the sounds come from the vibrating string (our vortex sheet coming off the foilig trailing edge), the vibrations then get transfered to something which amplifies (the wing to mast to the board) the sound, then eventually to something that creates air pressure waves so we can hear it. If the vibrations were solely confined to the water, I doubt we would hear it. To amplify the vibrations, you need to tune the natural frequency of your strucutre to match the forced vibrations, hence why same foils with different mast/board some sing, some don’t. Ever pick a guitar and notice the sound rings nicely and others just sound dull? It is all about getting that resonnance right in the structure of the body and for guitars and violins the air space since it has it’s own set of natural frequencies.