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  1. .Joel

    Video Les Hemmes

    Really nice video put together of some casual buggying at Les Hemmes...
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    Reedin Kites

    Kevin Langeree announces launching his new kitesurfing brand Reedin Kites. He's partnered up with Damien Girardin whom previously worked for Naish Kiteboarding. I remember interviewing Kevin back in around 2009 for a podcast after he had just won the world freestyle championships. A decade later being at the top of the sport he launches his own brand. Incredible progression, can't wait to see how he moves forward. https://www.reedinkites.com/
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    Dash Cam Videos

    These are always entertaining, however this one just takes it to another level
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    2020 Vision at Kingston

    I washoping that someone had taken over the reigns of the cafe/farm. Unfortunately not.
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    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    He was never a fan, just a chameleon in pansh clothing. Flexi Buggy & Kites $550 https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/yanchep/surfing/kite-surfing-powerkite-kite-buggy-flexifoil/1236679218
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    2020 Vision at Kingston

    We won't be there this year, it's too close to No2. Does anyone know if Sandy Grove is still operating?
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    Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose

    Amazing. 😍
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    Bye Dad.

    Sometimes things just don't go to plan... Jim Theodorakopoulos 26/09/1963 - 10/11/2018 My Dad's battle with cancer is now over, but the memories he left behind are not. For nearly 15 years he'd come to our Sandy Point meets and lend a hand, a lot of people here will remember him from the XK Meets where he'd come setup the Gyros and cook. Dad's first passion was Fishing, he'd always pack his rods then comment that I would "find the windiest blown out places on the face of the earth." So eventually he put the rods away, bought a Kite Buggy and packed that instead. Once his kite control and confidence grew, so did the blind optimism that despite whatever the forecast said it was going to be a good day's kiting and we should go! I'll miss him, our family will miss him, and his grand daughter who grew exceptionally close to him the last six months will really miss him.
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    2019 Cabrinha Bar $300

    @Spartan
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    Bye Dad.

    1yr today. House was filled with people today to celebrate and remember. We've kept his gyros busy and spinning the past year
  11. Get in to Kite Buggying TODAY with these Package Deals! Peter Lynn MK1 Kite Buggy + Nasa Star3 2.5M Complete $495 Peter Lynn MK1 Kite Buggy + Nasa Star3 4.0M Complete $545 Kite Buggying is fun, but it can also be expensive to get in to or opportunity to grab gear limited. Here's a perfect starter's package for someone looking in to getting in to buggying on the cheap. The package includes an excellent condition Peter Lynn MK1 Kite Buggy and a brand new Nasa Star3 Kite complete with bar and wrist strap. Progressive Options Once you've gained confidence and control you can attach the Harness Loop to the Bar and hook right in with a harness. You've got the bar and line setup already, adding additional kite sizes to your quiver is affordable. Interested in purchasing? Send me a PM or email to Joel@ExtremeKites.Com.Au
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    Peter Lynn Buggy + Kite Package

    @alison melia 2.5m left.
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    PrinCube - Totally Awesome!

    Will this make your Christmas list? Nifty little project with lots of uses. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/princube-the-world-s-smallest-mobile-color-printer
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    The keeper of kites.....

    Genuinely felt safer leaving my kites with her on the beach
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    Ozone Riot 9m

    @Northern Kites Australia / @Northern Kites Au . . . . .
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    Peter Lynn Buggy + Kite Package

    Only a couple of small Nasa's left at the moment.
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    Ozone Wasp Wing

    They've come out mainly aimed at hydrofoiling, an inflatable version of @bakersdozen's fixed wing so they float when you hit the water Ozone Wasp: https://www.kitepower.com.au/products/ozone-wasp-v1-wing-surfer Duotone: https://www.briskites.com.au/catalog/wing-surfers-and-foil-wings/duotone-foil-wing-2654.html + Naish, Slingshot and others are all making them now as well.
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    COATING YOUR KITE..

    Do you have an old kite to test it on? I can send some up your way
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    Stockton Beach Disappearing

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/weve-lost-our-suburb-entire-beach-washed-away-in-massive-erosion-blitz/news-story/5e1f38423747ad87c431b55e240de721 And it's chewing away at the town as well...
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    Kite buggy and kites

    Maybe in 1950.... Please list a price for the package, thank you.
  21. Interesting experiment about filling your kite with Helium. I actually always wondered this myself
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    Flysurfer Speed5 12M

    It’s rare you fly a newer generation of a kite and find that the changes after years of evolution can still be so significant. The Flysurfer Speed 5 returns to its original DNA, it is the kite that should of been released after the Speed 3. When the Speed was originally released over a decade ago it was an evolutionary step, does anyone still remember that goofy video with Armin pushing a team rider off the boat to water launch? ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2PCJsKf3Jo ). The Speed was at the forefront of development, then came the Speed2 and it maintained that DNA of light wind and large float. The Speed3 then came along, and it was the largest evolutionary step that the Speed had taken, it had all the low wind ability however with the Triple Depower the kite nearly doubled its usable wind range and made the top-end all the more usable resulting in a huge boosting and highly floaty kite. Then the Speed4 released, and for the first time I felt that they had mixed far too much of the DNA from the old Psycho IV in there, it was an amazingly versatile kite but it didn’t feel the same as the old Speed series. They went back towards the Speed’s original DNA with the Lotus, however even then there was still room to move. After a session on the Speed5, you can just feel that the pure DNA of the Flysurfer Speed series is back. The kite performs at the bottom end, remains versatile and usable for such a high-aspect kite at the top end, and feels completely refined all over. Most of all the kite brings back the feeling of fun to flying as it’s incredibly forgiving. Laying the kite out on the beach pre-flight I was amazed at the vibrancy of the colour of the 12M even though it was a completely overcast day at the start. The kite looked incredible, I always thought the Speed3 Deluxe colour scheme was nice however the purple of the 12M and the slightly more detailed and intricate graphics look brilliant. The demo I was flying came with the Flysurfer Airstyle Infinity 3.0 bar, which is the green and black series bar. The bar has had again some small refinements to it regarding the chicken loop, however apart from colour scheme for the most part it’s very similar to the Infinity 2.0 bar. Pre-Inflating and launching the kite was a breeze, sanded one wingtip and slowly pulled the opposing edge up off the sand as it pre-inflated. Eventually with enough air inside it slipped out from the sand and took off. Once in the sky again it looked increidble, however it also looked higher aspect than the Speed3 whilst still seeming to retain a somewhat similar overall canopy shape. One thing that is clearly evident is that there’s no more crinkling across the front of the canopy, and whilst it’s slightly thicker between the top and bottom skins compared to a Sonic-FR it certainly has been reduced in thickness compared to the previous Flysurfer Speed kites making it feel like a faster wing flying forwards. The wind was fairly light, starting off on about 9 to 12 knots and I took off with the kite in the GT-Race Rapide++ buggy. All I could say is WOW, the kite felt solid from the start even in the light wind however it didn’t feel like a truck. Once in the buggy and moving the power the kite was producing just continued to increase until I scooted over 70km/h in incredibly light winds. The longer I held my line the more the kite continued to increase in speed. Dumping the power was incredibly easy, however I noticed when slowing down rapidly and really dropping the power out of the kite it remained incredibly stable and responsive. There were no surprises or shocks, it just behaved as I had the buggy slide sideways slowing the kite down preparing to turn. During this I noticed the vastly increased amount of depower on the kite compared to the previous versions I had flown. However the one point that I really noticed was the increase in turning speed, I was no longer going for the leader ends on a tight turn the bar was more than sufficient to get it to snap around 180 degrees when required. The depower range on the kite is far smoother on the bottom 3/4 of the bar throw, however release the bar to the very top 1/4 of the bar throw and you dump nearly all the power out of the kite. If you’re used to still having power there at the end of the bar throw it’s a quick fix, just use the stopped by sliding it down to your desired length on the bar. The bar pressure also felt a bit lighter than previous generations, I still don’t classify the Speed as a “light” bar pressure kite however I’m of the opinion less pressure the better allowing for longer kiting sessions and more aggressive handling in higher winds that typically increase the bar pressure. During flight in the buggy at speed the kite felt consistently solid, and for such a high aspect kite it continued to feel incredibly stable. One are the Speed 5 significantly excels over both previous models and kites such as the Sonic-FR is its stability, being slightly lower aspect and holding a bit more air in the kite just brings on a completely new level of stability. After a short period of time you become so trusting of the kite you pay less and less attention to it and more to your surroundings and where you’re kiting. The kite not only points incredibly high upwind, however downwind compared to previous Speed models it’s again significantly improved. Going downwind didn’t feel anywhere near as challenging as on previous models, some where you would need to loop it back over your shoulder to keep it back in the window from time to time. This allowed me to surprisingly park and ride downwind. Everything you do with the kite, how it responds, how it feels through the bar, how it behave in flight, it all just feels incredibly well refined over previous versions. There’s literally no single feature of the kite that I can say is a complete standout improvement area as so many areas of the whole kite have been so well refined that it’s the sum of all these improvements that makes the Speed 5 in my opinion the greatest evolutionary update to the Flysurfer Speed series of kites since the Speed 3. If you’re currently flying older Speeds, get your hands on a demo, it’ll be that familiar feeling you’re used to, just that the more you fly it the more you’ll notice how much of a step forward in performance the kite is whilst being incredibly stable, fun and trusting. This kite was provided for demo by James at @specialist_kiteboarding for as long as required until I felt comfortable having flown it long enough to write a review. Overall both flying the kite and the process of arranging a demo from James was a great, pressure-free experience. If you’re interested in a Flysurfer Speed 5 get in contact with Specialist Kiteboarding.
  23. Interesting video regarding the state of kiteboarding brands
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    Kite Artists & Prints

    T-Shirts are easy to find, it seems prints and wall art is a little trickier Please share links to artists and places that release wall art & prints. Megan, Kitesurfer & Artist living in Antigua. Megan's Prints: https://www.lifeofmegan.com/prints/ Megan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/megananxo/ How Megan creates her drawings: Feel free to share any links to other people selling kite related prints.
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    Flysurfer Soul

    New Freeride foil kite from Flysurfer called the Soul. Flysurfer continue to make some stunning looking kites, the Soul is available in 6M, 8M, 10M, 12M, 15M, 18M and 21M. It's a bit more nimble than a Speed 5 and offers easier single line relaunch so you can relaunch the foil just like an LEI off the water by simply pulling a single steering line. More Info: https://flysurfer.com/project/soul/ Video of the Flysurfer Soul
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