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    ssayre got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Smokin   
    One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.
         One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.
         Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.


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    ssayre reacted to BigE for a blog entry, At last some vid   
    Firstly a big thanks to ExtremeKites and especially Joel for sorting my prize out.  Yes it was a real competition 
    Secondly apologies for the video, it's the first time I've had chance to get my phone hooked up to it and get some footage, so here it is unedited but it proves the kite does fly, wind was very lumpy and rain very imminent:
    littleHammer.mp4
    littleHammer.mp4
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    ssayre reacted to BigE for a blog entry, Building is a journey   
    With a Z-Bridle fitted to my new 3m, I've been itching for more flying, a business trip to Irvine, west coast of Scotland, so in to my hand luggage went the kite, I was expecting to be asked what was in my luggage but nothing! Straight through it went.  First evening good wind coming nearly off the sea, roughly 12mph, first attempt, kite leapt up and straight back down, second time, up around 12ft then a reverse death spin, WTF still too much brake? Or have I created a new "Damien". Moved the brakes a bit more, up she went, still short of the zenith but oh lordy did it pull, virtually no tip collapse, with a coastal wind everything is so much easier, pulling 20-30ft scuds with ease, down loops making loads of power. While walking back I was thinking maybe one more mod to the brakes, to keep the wing tips inflated, it's holding the kite back.  So an evening of tinkering.
    Second evening, laid kite out, NO WIND! Just the odd rustle of neck hair, tried a few catch the slight breeze and walk back, no more reversing, no wing tip folding just sliding down when there was just too little wind, by this time the tide was on it's way in and the wind started to pick-up a steady 6-8mph, this time the difference at the zenith between where it did park and now does is halved.  Feeling much better, power still piles on with a loop, all looking good.
    Weather and work were against me for the next evening, like a scratch you can't reach, I still think there is a touch more to get in terms of speed / window, so I have partially reduced the AoA, which will drop the power a touch and give more speed / window, well that's the theory anyway.  Now to go back to watching trees for the next opportunity to fly.
     
    Damien: Was a 3m HA NPW9 I built a while back , it flew like a stunt kite, had less window and when I tried it in the buggy was a nightmare, fully powered it just wanted to reverse given the slightest opportunity.  I tried all sorts but could not crack it.  Thinking how that flew compared to my new 3m they are poles apart, the thing that really keeps striking me is the power it generates, although I could pull longs scuds sending it up was not creating heaps of lift, but nor was there anywhere in the window to rest, even parked at the top it was still pulling. 
    Here is Damien:
     
    I you're thinking of making a 3m HA NPW or less for traction this is me trying to buggy
    Damien Vid
     
          
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    ssayre reacted to BigE for a blog entry, Kite Killers are your friend   
    I mentioned another story in my last entry, some of you may already have seen a post I did on another forum a few years back but thought I'd re-tell for those who did not see it.
    I used a field to buggy in which is pretty much a rectangle, over 100m wide and about 220m long 7.4 acres, on the rhs and top edge there are erm power lines (marked in red).  Starting flat at the bottom and rising up to a flat at the top.

    Okay scene set, now for the weather, it was blowing @ 20mph and I decided that it was time for me and my trusty 5m NPW to do some serious buggying.  Off I set, ran down the field in the buggy with no kite up, kite out, away we go OMG I took-off like being fired out of a canon, up to the top of the rise and back down, did this a few times, I was absolutely buzzing, stopped at the bottom, dropped the kite for a breather, I had a grin like "here's Johnny".  
    Ready for next run, stake out, "Pirate, November Papa Whiskey 21 read for take-off".....
    Revvin' up your engine
    Listen to her howlin' roar
    Metal under tension
    Beggin' you to touch and go

    Highway to the Danger Zone
    Ride into the Danger Zone
    Brakes off, whoosh, crest of hill coming up fast, ready to turn, now I'm in a surreal bubble time is slowing down, I've stopped and there is no noise, I'm mid turn and I have no kite in my hands, I look in utter disbelieve as there in front of me is my kite climbing still inflated, with two handles along for the ride.  I know get an incredibly sick feeling, I can see the kite approaching the power lines running across the top of the field, kite was too high to drop, so I decided to will it to go higher "GO ON!", like a plane's tail hook the lines caught the first power line, the handles swung under and up over the other parallel power line and continued a full arc, and back over the first, "phew that wasn't too bad", kite now powered up more, the death grip on the power lines tightened and the lines started a journey towards each other, I looked on utterly mesmerised and helpless, next a massive flash and CRACK. Oh holly sh!t.  As if things could not get any worse, I'm now out of the buggy and doing the mother of all walks of shame, the kite has now luffed and fallen across the power lines which run up the side of the field and somehow has wrapped round the two power lines, nearing the house heart thumping I can hear the house alarms going off, my wife is at the back door taking to our neighbour, "we have no power" she says, she sees the look on my face, "Oh please don't tell me it was you", I drop my head even more in shame and that's all she needed for confirmation, as in the distance another load CRACK, my kite had succeeded with it's grip on the other lines.
    After placing the call to the power ppl, a posy of land rovers appeared, I walked them to the crime scene, out comes a plastic pole with a saw on the end, and he started to cut the kite lines free first, and like a gift from god my handles dropped back to earth, which I deftly picked up (£25 saved). Next the kite, he was going to go at it like Freddy Kruger, "no hang on, try cutting the lines first", so he set to work cutting the lines, it was still wrapped, I thought it must have melted, then a saw  through the heart of the kite, I was gutted, but a glimmer of hope, it started to unwrap, bit by bit, it fell down, lines checked no damage, nothing had melted!
    I now had two handles a sick kite and a good ear bashing for being so foolish, do you realise the dangers blah blah.

    Next morning my wife was setting off for work, "What are we not going to do today?", "Wear my killers" I proudly pronounced, "not fly a kite was what I was hoping for".
    And so from the ashes arose "Zombie":

    Fully re-bridled, I decided not to hide the damage and patched it in white to show his scars off. 

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    ssayre reacted to Bill for a blog entry, Making the videos   
    Here's the video making process!.......
    I start off by copying all my video files onto an external hard drive.  I have 10 files from the SJ 5000 cam (should have turned the image stabilization off as it hates being mounted to the buggy).  Joel very kindly has given me the drone files from the first few flights, so another 6 files from there.  15 .mov files from my SLR.  47 files from my hand held gopro and 42 files from the ION Air Pro mounted on the back of the buggy.
    Once that's copied over, I view them in Xilisoft Splitter and cut the bits I want for the videos.  Some for a Longstar Video, some for a Peak 2 video and some for an A & B Kingston Video.  I had decided earlier that I wanted a couple of Kingston videos - one with more time lapse sequences and some nice celitc music and the other a bit faster.  Another big time waster is I have to convert all the 2K drone files as my editor won't accept them.  So once I split the bits I want from the drone files, they have to be converted back to something my editor will accept.  (If I wasn't so scummy and updated my editor to the latest version then I wouldn't need to stuff around with the converter).
    About 4 or 5 hours gone so far.  Once I've got the split files I rename them all with things like 'A Joel funny dance' or B Doug behind claypan.  That way I know which video they're going into and what the content is.  I could do all this in the editor but then I'm dealing with large files with generic names and I get confused easily.
    Meanwhile I'm thinking about what shots I want in various places in the video and what bits I want to slo-mo.  Which is the next step - take all the long 20minute sunset or cloud files and speed them up in the editor.  I can only speed up to 10x so a 20minute sunset becomes a 2 minute file.  Still too long, so after rendering them, I re-import them into the editor and speed 'em up another 10x.  I'm going to try and keep most of the clips in the video to under 10 seconds each - probably more like 6 or 7 seconds.  Might depend a bit on the music.
    Thinking about the music, there's a track I did with Que Decree in the 80's - a very silly piece of writing set to some good tempo rock music.  Except I don't want the lyrics and I want to insert some slow bits into the music for the timelapse sequences.  So I will have to re-record that.  Which will involve programming the drums, then laying down the guitar, bass, keyboards then lead guitar in roughly that order.  The other Kingston vid I'd like to use a Cara Dillon track that I quite like.  The Peak and Longstar vids will get some tunes that I've already recorded.
    Next I will take all the 'A' videos and put them into the editor.  Working out the sequence is the tricky part.  Then putting the music in and moving/cutting the endings to match the beat.  Then I have to think about what titles/labels/names/descriptors to put in and how I want them to display.  After that, I'll hit 'render' and have a watch and see if I want to go back and re-do anything.  Things don't always turn out how I think they will and I'll often watch the vid and think 'meh, not what I'd hoped for'.  Occasionally it comes together well and I'm pleased.  Sometimes the music is all wrong and I have to go back and do a new soundtrack and re arrange clips to suit.
    I've just about got all my clips organized and ready to put into the editor.  With a bit of luck, some will start appearing in a few days time.....
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    ssayre reacted to BigE for a blog entry, First Rib off the production line   
    One side's worth of ribs all cut out and the bottom of each "V" hot cut ready to hem.

    The top edge has a roll hem, I insert Dacron tape at the tops and bottom of each triangle to give stability and strength.

    And finally, I've sewn 4mm Dacron sleeving to the hem creating a loop at the top of each triangle.
     
     
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    ssayre reacted to the_hatman for a blog entry, is that a new kite   
    A couple or 3 weeks ago I came back to my place in Steiglitz after being away in Moorwell and had just finished emptying the car and started preparing some food for the ducklings,

    when I became aware of one hell of a lot of nosie coming from the direction of the afore mentioned. So I went to investigate the reason for the racket, from a distance I first thought (wishfully) that I'd got a new kite, but on closer inspection this is what I found.

    not a kite but a brown Goshawk, exactly where it shouldn't be, so I run of to get gloves, a sack and the camera. when I got back the hawk was trying to get dinner (duckling) but mum was keeping it at bay and drove the hawk away.

    The hawk went in for the kill again and this time mummy duck jumped on it forcing the hawk on to it's back locking as if it was playing dead, at which point I garbed the hawk and ejected it back to the wild.

    Final score hawk nil duck 11 (no casualtys)
    ps I was there and I don't believe it
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    ssayre reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Because History Matters   
    Extreme Kites has been around for more than a decade, that's more than 3650 days, 87,600 hours, 5,256,000 minutes, 315,360,000 seconds.  Somewhere along that vast timeline many people have contributed knowledge to the community, they have increased the wealth of information we all share and reference.  This is what makes communities like Extreme Kites amazing places to contribute.  
    I see content and knowledge shared as part of the journey of this community. Reflecting on this, something that has been bothering me recently is small holes appearing at times in very old content, here is one example.  This was a great post back in 2008 and it could of been useful to one of our members recently, unfortunately the images are no longer part of the post as a "remote image" service was used to host the files.
    From today, because history matters I've implemented a new solution on Extreme Kites.  When a member decides to use a "remote" file or image in their post our system will automatically create a local copy of it and treat it as an attachment.  This enables us to better preserve useful contributions so the community can continue to experience, read and enjoy those contributions in their entirety for many years to come.  
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    ssayre got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Smokin   
    One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.
         One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.
         Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.


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    ssayre reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Smashed Flat   
    Kingston 2016 is on the horizon, we need as much time as possible in the new buggies to get familiar before we head off in hunt of some new records.  For @nigel this was his first time on a beach with his new GT-Rapide ++, for @bakersdozen this was the first time he was out in his own buggy!  So a couple of firsts for everyone to start, and one for me to finish  
    We met at Nigel's place a bit after 9am, my GT on the rear rack, Nigel's GT in the back along with Mark's (bakersdozen) gear and off to Sandy Point.  Upon arrival the wind seemed a bit light, however once you went over the hill you felt a good 15 knots comfortably with it pushing a little higher at different stretches of the beach.  I choose to take out a Peter Lynn Phantom2 12M as I had flown the 6M and 9M, however yet to have tried the 12M.  Nigel choose some smaller foils earlier on then settled on his 10M Peter Lynn Scorpion and Mark on a 7M Ozone Frenzy for the day.  
    Billy Cart Style...




    Nigel on his GT-Rapide ++




    Moon walking...


    Mark trying out a race buggy...


    Nigel on a 10M Peter Lynn Scorpion + GT-Race Rapide ++


     
    Camera on?


    My GT-Rapide ++ with Extreme Kites seat.


    Nigel scudding.


    The day's kite choices... 

    After an awsome day's kiting I decided to "billycart" the buggy back to the cars, I usually do this to get to the beach on a weekday when it's empty and there's nobody around.  However in the past coming back to the cars has always been on midis etc, this time I had the 17" rims on the GT.  I sat on the back rest, put my feet in the seat and grabbed on to the tow strap and went.  Usually I drag a foot on the ground or two to slow down, however the buggy picked up a bit more speed so I decided to just ride it out.  As I came around the corner I had complete under-steer, my eyes instead of paying attention ahead I slipped up and fixated on the object I was trying to avoid, a dead tree trunk.  In doing so I didn't look ahead and after avoiding the tree trunk ended up as I was turning hard right going over a large grass mound with the right rear wheel.  As my whole body was already fighting the lean to the left that extra lift of the rear wheel at speed just threw me clean off the buggy and smashing me flat in to the ground.  First thing I did was make sure I could move my legs, then my arms, then I realised I was winded as I was struggling hard to breath.  Nigel had run over and was telling me to stay down, Mark comes around the corner and goes "I could head that from back there."  Eventually with enough air back in the lungs I bleeted out "Mark you're an Ambo, check me out" then lay back flat on the grass.  He came up, then started checking me out, got to my ribs and I started cursing in pain.  We're not sure if they're bruised or worse, but sure as hell my chest absolutely aches. That's the first time in 10+ years i've been thrown off the buggy doing that, everyone had their own "first" for the day  
    Parting advice, if you're going to injure yourself do it with enough time to heal before Kingston  
     
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    ssayre got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Smokin   
    One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.
         One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.
         Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.


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    ssayre got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Smokin   
    One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.
         One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.
         Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.


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    ssayre got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Smokin   
    One of my other past times is smoking and / or grilling.  Not unlike kiting I have 3 grills for different situations.  I have a smokey joe which is small and good for tailgating, a 22" weber which is the most common size, and a 26.5" weber which is uncommon and reserved for the serious charcoal grillers.  The 26.5" doesn't sound much bigger than the 22" right?  If you do the math, it actually has 45% more cooking area so it's a welcome addition to your grilling inventory if your looking to cook larger items or cook for a large group.
         One of the accessories I have for the 26.5" weber is an accessory called the Smokenator.  It's not available at any stores locally and has to be ordered where I'm from.  It consists of a stainless steel piece that retains the charcoal and wood chips and has a stainless steel container that you fill with water to keep the meat from drying out as it smokes.  It also has a rack so you can increase your cooking surface by roughly 30% I would guess.  They make it in 3 sizes for the 18", 22", 26.5" weber grills.  This accessory is actually not a necessary item for indirect heat or smoking as you can still move the coals to one side and get nearly the same effect but it does make it nicer and reduce the chances of charring the meat on the heat side.
         Pictured are racks of pork spare ribs with the rip tip portion cut off and smoked separately which basically turns the rack of ribs into what we call St Louis style ribs.


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    ssayre reacted to roblukin for a blog entry, Thirteenth Beach   
    We had another great day kiting at Thirteenth Beach last week, Doug(@igeighty), John(@jhn.holgate), Shane(@OBEwan), Michael(@Mik333), Richard(@the_hatman) and myself. I'd shifted the tow point of my hotwire further back and it made such a difference, the buggy felt really good this time. 
    Towards the end of the day I'd been finding it difficult to see much of anything, and at one point I nearly ran over the hatmans upturned buggy laying in the middle of the beach and the hatman nowhere in sight, I think he'd been ripped out of his buggy and gone scurrying up the hill to rescue his kites before they ended up on the road. I saw him walking back to our launch area towing a buggy in one hand and a mess of broken kites and tangled lines tucked under the other arm.
    I'd never been to thirteenth beach before, from what I'd heard i was expecting it to be harder to access the beach, but many hands make light work. Thanks to all you guys for getting me on and off the beach. John came prepared with ropes and pulleys, a couple of you pushing, another 2 of you pulling on the pulley system John rigged up, I just sat back in the buggy and enjoyed the ride! I wanted to go back and do it again, but the guys wouldn't have a bar of it. 
    Afterwards we enjoyed a meal at the Barwin Heads hotel, a good feed at the pub is always a great way to end a days kiting. After the pub i jumped in the car an began driving home to Port Lincoln.





     
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