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Chook last won the day on June 4

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About Chook

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    malfunctioning oracle
  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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    Esperance Western Australia
  • Interests
    I fly radio controlled helicopters, planes and gliders.
    I have a private pilot licence.
    I kite buggy
    I design, build and race land yachts.
    I work at the local Agricultural College part time (3 days a week) and also work from home from 8.00am till 12 knots.

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  1. Yes we have paid a deposit before we left this year, from the 12th to the 27th Jan for unit #6 once more. We will once again head East in early January and explore about, dropping into Kingston for a fortnight on our way back home. Look forward to catching up with the gang and hope to meet new kiters. "Sandy Grove" is also a huge draw card too.
  2. What a cracker year for wind!!!!

    A long weekend just finished here in WA, = 3 more days land sailing. Yesterday was pretty light wind (1 gusting to 3 knots), so spent a couple of hours peacefully cruising with my 9.5m2 sail on my International 5.6 mini yacht in a crab fart of wind.
  3. Couple of new builds 2018

    The purple fade I like a lot!!!
  4. Video Les Hemmes

    Ha ha, that grass was quite high in places. Great that you can still have fun when the tide comes in.
  5. Nice low wind session from Kris Beech

    Ask @andy666 how much power an 18mtr foil has in low wind. All we heard was "Holy shiiiittttt"..........as he headed towards the surf with my kite!!!!!!
  6. Shout out to all the regulars....

    You too Mary. You always cheer me up with your banter. Roll on Kingston.
  7. What a cracker year for wind!!!!

    Thanks Andy. Just had another quick breakfast session before knuckling down to weld up a broken trailer drawbar. The muppet the owner lent it to, jack knifed it reversing back forgetting he had it on the back. Lucky we haven't had the fires like over in Albany 500 kms to our west with all the high winds.
  8. Blowing again here in Esperance with the approach of a cold front. Farmers are REALLY desperate for rain, as a lot have gone ahead and dry seeded crops, so fingers crossed. Pink Lake is in prime condition and really handy being only 2kms from the Chook house. (Black dot in small circle below Pink Lake Rd) Greg and I headed out for a short sharp 1 hr run this morning and the wind turned out to be really gusty from the north and very unsettled, blowing dust everywhere. I managed to tick over 6,000kms (6,016kms) covered by wind power (kite buggy and land yacht) so far this calendar year. So having a ball. Have to wait and see if rain stops play for a run tomorrow as well.
  9. Handles

    Just updating this thread as I got a call to explain my mods. My mods done to the tops of all my Peter Lynn handles to convert them to the "xxtreme kite handle" method to attach the one piece of heavy dyneema as leaders/strop combination. This system certainly minimizes wear, as all the leader movement to the handles is achieved through a simple knot and not wearing as it exits through a plastic grommet. I have never had to replaced them since converting them. They do take a bit of fiddling first up to get right, but when a strop length is achieved I copied the system onto all my other handles. Note; Measurements in thousandths of an inch (as that is what my lathe is calibrated in.)
  10. Treczoks-Cody Box Kite

    It took almost 3 months to get a reply from HQ. I had forgotten about my enquiry (looking for a Quad line "Piggy") when the email finally turned up it was a negative response to any old stock anyway.
  11. Yeppoon 2018

    Home safely and thanks for a great time fellas. I even got my over weight/over size "coffin cricket bag" 23.7kgs onto the 3 flights without having to pay extra baggage. Had a win as REX our local airline only allows 15kg total weight. (checked in and carry on added together) but the plane had 4 empty seats and they waived the $7.50 a Kg charge. She was a real honey too!!! You usually sign a form to say it's over weight and will be left behind if the plane is fully loaded. Have to pick it up from the airport a few days later when they can fit it in. Looking forward to next year already. So get off ya bums and look at getting to Yeppoon fellas for next Easter. The guys that go love it.
  12. Yeppoon 2018

    Cheers Gozzy great to catch up with you and Chuck again. Yeh going to miss the big open beaches here till Easter next year. I've paid the room deposit once again starting the 28th March 2019. I'm sure the 11 months will fly by quickly enough. A huge thankyou to Merrilyn and Clive for treating us like family. You 2 people make it such a pleasure to holiday here. Your awesome.
  13. Yeppoon 2018

    Here in Yeppoon with only Bernie who lives by the beach. (lucky bugger) Andy headed home early last Sunday morning. Lighter wind day today so 18m2 all day and run into these guys who were training up by the ramp at Bangalee. Landed my kite and spent some time chewing the fat with them which was fantastic and gave me an understanding of how their canopys work and can be altered in flight. Stressed to 5.1G for aeros too. They are back again tomorrow weather permitting. Pete and Theresa headed home and I'm amazed at what Theresa achieved in such a short time. Fantastic to be in the company of 2 world record famous people. Last day buggying tomorrow before boxing all my gear up to send home Thursday. I fly home Friday morning. Boy where did the month go?
  14. IBX 2018 Born-Kite Style!

    That's cool. I've never had time on a Born-kite only flown with John and Trevor who own them. Fantastic sunset too.
  15. Yeppoon 2018

    Yep and it's the first time ever that I have had to do continual kite loops directly downwind for 4 kms when the wind changed. Certainly challenged my rusty skills with the kite laying on the beach a couple of times. Pete and Theresa on the kite bike and Pete having a go on my 18m2 Elf Joker 7. Wind 1 gusting 3 knots.