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    Buying your first Powerkite

    If you got 10 land kiters together and asked them 'what kite should I buy first' something like 7 out of 10 would usually say 'a 3m 4 line low aspect power kite on handles'. Why 3m? Power kites are generally made in sizes from 1.5m to 21m. You want something that will be easy to learn on, still provide some decent pull but won't completely wear you out. Something around the 3m mark is usually ideal for the average weight person. For a start, you don't want to be fighting a kite while you're learning to fly it. You want to be concentrating on flying it and having fun, not survival. For most of us in the 65 - 85kg range, the 3m size is ideal. Big enough to provide a fair bit of pull in 10 - 15 knots and powerful enough to buggy with should you go that way. Plus, smaller kites in the 2m - 3m range are fairly quick through the sky and a little more exciting imho than the bigger kites. 4m - 5m kites start getting noticeably slower and it's a bit like hanging on to a truck - a lot of effort and you'd soon wear yourself out - depending on the wind strength. Bigger sizes can produce more power in lighter winds, but if there's not enough wind for the 3m to fly then it's more than likely you'd struggle to fly a 4m or 5m. Even though a 2 - 3m power kite is relatively small, don't underestimate the power that they can generate if flown in winds beyond what you can handle - they can hurt so stick to lightish winds while you're learning. Why 4 line handles? 4 line handles (a pair of power lines each side of the kite and a pair of brake lines) give you the most versatility. You can easily reverse launch the kite should you land upside down. You can also bring the kite to a complete stop by pulling the brakes and when you are learning, you'll quite likely have some velcro bands around your wrist with a line attached to the brake lines of the kite. These are called 'kite killers'. You just let the handles GO and the brake lines will be pulled killing all the power in the kite. See pic from Peter Lynn below... 4 line handles are also compact, easy to store, provide the most control for your kite and are relatively inexpensive. 2 line kites tend to be a bit difficult to relaunch from an inverted position and harder to land. 4 line kites may take an hour or so extra to initially get the hang of than a 2 line kite, but the extra hour will pay big dividends. Low aspect? Beginner kites are normally 'short and fat'. These are low aspect kites. High aspect kites are long and thin - lots of extra performance and speed/power but demand much more skill to fly. They are usually designed as high performance 'engines' for buggies. Leave them for later. While low aspect kites are often labelled as 'beginner' kites, they are not something that you will necessarily outgrow - they are often characterized by having excellent stability - particularly in gusty wind - and having very good manners. They are excellent kites for days when the wind is less than ideal. If you're not chasing that extra speed in the buggy or trying to go that extra 15% upwind then there's no particular reason you need to upgrade. Ok then, which kite? Stick with a known and respected brand like Peter Lynn, Ozone, PKD, Zebra, HQ, Born Kite, Flexifoil. All these manufacturers make excellent quality kites that should last for years if not crashed too much. Good kites to buy first up are the HQ Beamer, the Peter Lynn Hornet, Flexifoil Rage, Flexifoil Sting, PKD Buster, Zebra Checka, Zebra Z1 and Ozone Quattro. There is also the single skin Nasa Star 3 from Born Kite that is an excellent kite to learn on. The best thing you can do is ask lots of questions on a forum such as this. Better still, get together with some local flyers - you can learn far more in an afternoon flying with other people than any other way. In the meantime, there's always youtube videos... Once you've got the reflexes working and you can fly your kite without needing to look at it, then you might like to get into some 'traction' kiting - ie: snow kiting, skates, landboard, or my favorite mode of transport, the buggy...
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    Wanted to buy! Buggy plus 2-3 kites!

    Also, further down is my Libre Vmax & LongStar 2 9.5m & Peak 6m in Ballarat.
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    Born Kite Long Star 2 9.5m

    Bump for $450. Buy this and Trev's 3.5 & 7m's and you've got a great set of long star 2's
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    Born Kite Long Star 2 9.5m

    9.5m Longstar 2 in very good nic. Bar and bag included. Great light wind and compact buggy weapon. Probably be good for landboarding too but I'm taking a bit of a guess at that! posted to you at $550 or you can pick it up from me in Ballarat or Kingston SE if you're heading there next week. This kite:
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    Born Kites Long Star 2 and Control Bar

    Sad to see you selling your gear, Trev. But great kites and a bargain for someone. One thing I absolutely loved about my 3.5m is not only is it grunty for it's size in lighter wind - I think we could actually buggy in 12 knots and up - but even in 25 knots, let the bar out and very little pull at all. Easily betters the Peak 2 4m and Access XT 4m.
  6. There was one of these at the Rosebud kite festival and it performed really well being both quite stable and eyecatching. They do seem to be a very good design..... At Rosebud...
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    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    As I'm just going to keep my little alloy bug and the nasa wings, it's time for the Vmax to move on to someone else who'll enjoy it as much as me. 10,000km on the odometer, but no city driving. Ok, there may have been some stop/start buggying from time to time. Pics are in my Vmax review. Alloy rims/midis/wide fork/backrest. The only thing I can see that will need attention is a tear starting where one of the straps from the axle pulls the seat back. There's a bit of a rip starting in the home made front mudguard - but it's a cheap bit of rubber. $450 and you're picking it up from Ballarat And what about the cheeseburger wrapper? 6m Peak 2. Good nic. $450. this one: (the buggy is also in the video).
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    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    How about $420 for the Libre Vmax and $420 for the Peak 2 6m?
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    Ozone Riot 9m

    No problems, Luke. Sold.
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    Ozone Riot 9m

    Ozone Riot 9m- Kite only, no lines. $250 plus postage. Also in excellent condition. It's been replaced as my light wind kite by the 10m Nasa wing. Never really had the 9m out and powered up.
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    Born Kite 10m Nasa Star 2

    I can get a price for you if you'd like - it's fairly compact so I don't think it would be unreasonable.
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    Born Kite 10m Nasa Star 2

    How about a 10m Nasa wing?? Excellent condition. Kite only in bag - no handles or lines. (I run this on the 3 line bar) Mucho grunt but not particularly lifty. Knees and feet are beginning to dictate what I can and can't get away with these days, hence the bigger kites are going. May be some other stuff after Kingston depending on how I go. $250 posted in Aus. (I can bring it to Kingston too). It's the one at the start of the video: (not the blue/white one in the preview - it's much prettier than that!)
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    Born Kite 10m Nasa Star 2

    Bump for $220. Stand out from the crowd as I've not seen anyone else with one of these!
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    Born Kite Long Star 2 9.5m

    Bump for $480. 😊
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    2020 Vision at Kingston

    Must be time for an official 2020 Kingston thread. Dates will be however long you wish to stay up until Australia Day (26th Jan). (later if you wish). Some of us turn up two weeks prior, some one week prior. It's all very casual with no particular structure. I think the Blokarts will be there again this year - if you've got any details of that, pop it in below. Let's hope for a dry claypan and a clean beach. I'm booked in 13th - 26th and will bring a few more single liners this year as the foreshore fly is becoming more and more spectacular every year. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
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    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    $450 each or $995 for both.
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    2020 Vision at Kingston

    Pretty good actually. Rob and Chook are still buggying atm. Lots of single line kites on the foreshore - particularly stunning on Australia Day. I've been out of action with a bung foot so the buggy stayed on the car this trip. Claypan was in good nic - I believe there was some blokart/landyacht racing going on. I think Rob and Chook were out there a couple times. Cooler than usual though. I've got some pics and videos to go through - though no buggying this year.
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    Born Kite 10m Nasa Star 2

    Talk about hard to please!!
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    Ozone Riot 9m

    Done. Not sure if my messages are working - if you haven't got a reply from me, my email is jhn.holgate@gmail.com Cheers. Northern - not it's not a depower, it's an Ozone Riot.
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    Ozone Riot 9m

    Bump for $75 plus postage!!
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    2020 Vision at Kingston

    Looking forward to it.
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    Kite Zhang's Kites

    Nathan Yun is making a documentary on Kite Zhang's Kites - I'm not quite sure how to describe this, it's kind of like a cross between exceptional meccano and kite making skills steeped in Eastern tradition....er..I think. It is fascinating to see both the kites and the detail in some of the constructions. Chook, you're gonna love this!! Check out the video here.... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1747407323/kite-zhangs-kites-a-documentary-of-kinetic-kites Nathan has got a kickstarter page going where he's trying to raise funds to make this into a proper documentary that will help in keeping this art alive. I wish you all the best, Nathan.
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    Ozone Access XT 4m SOLD

    Funny, but I had thought exactly the same.... The BloMax It actually worked pretty well, except that the stress that was getting put on the welds where the side rails meet looked like it would eventually do damage to the Vmax so I didn't end up using it that much. There are some videos on the thread. There's a lot of sideways force put on the mast so I think it needs much better bracing than I used. Chook is the man to talk to if you want to go down this route at some point. One thing about a proper Blokart that is really hard to beat is the fact you can pack it up into a largish 'suitcase' and stick it in the car boot.
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    Ozone Access XT 4m SOLD

    And while I'm thinking about stuff that I'm not using anymore - I still have the Access XT 4m sitting in it's bag and this one has still got the bar and lines. It's blue, it's a 2010 model in good condition but has certainly done a few km's. $150 and postage and it's yours.
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    20/20 Vision at Kingston

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    Must be time for an official Kingston 2020 event thread thingy. Possibly the main event is now the Australia Day fly on the Kingston foreshore which has become more spectacular every year. I believe I've seen somewhere that the Blokarters are also having a meet around this time - if you have the details of that, add them below. I'm booked in for the 13th - 26th. Here's hoping for a dry claypan and a clean beach.
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