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  1. Northern Kites Australia

    COATING YOUR KITE..

    Very pricey option though re: stormsure. I can get a 1lt tub from the UK, but it's like over $250 plus postage! Ridiculous... and no I didn't expect it to be $2
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    PL phantom2 15

    I've got a P2 12m (or maybe 13?), but I haven't tried it out yet as it's in Melbourne. Once I get it and if I ain't happy, I'll let you know. Could be weeks though. Or months. Sorry
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    Peter Lynn Synergy (is back?!)

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Peter-Lynn-PLKB-Synergy-Kite/223649382060?hash=item34128abeac:m:mcHsKS1zqZfzMStvaW93XyA https://www.peterlynnkiteboarding.com/peter-lynn-synergy Single strut design this time. Very light compared to other brands and single-skin LEIs. I wonder if Helium will make it even lighter! 😆😋
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    Kiteboarding transferring to land boarding

    I've been landboarding here in Townsville for a good 6 years now. We are fortunate to have good SE trade winds, and when it's like 18-25knots on the beach, it's a perfect 12-15knots on land near my local park. The one tip I can give you, as a beginner, is as soon as you dive and feel the pull of the kite, to always lean back and do a small little jump with your board attached (of course), and point it in the direction of the kite's downward stroke. Otherwise the kite will yank you off the board and possibly injure yourself. I found this lengthy video very good. But please do NOT attempt any jumps or loops like these guys. They've been at it for years and years and have hurt themselves at the beginning (I think ABE was hospitalised for months once). Just learn the basics as per the beginning of the video. I personally took up land-boarding first before I went on water and found the transition way easy, so you might find land-kiting is not that hard, but remember it's land - not water so don't take risks. Welcome!
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    COATING YOUR KITE..

    An answer / response is appreciated! 🤔
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    2019 Kite Construction Guide

    Question (nice write up by the way), GONG kites as you know have a single strut by way of a flattened flex-pole, that the kiter simply slides into a "middle pocket" and this keeps the kite more rigid and reduces flutter. No need to pump a strut bladder. I think they have other models with the same concept but with more re-inforcing :struts" along the canopy of the kite. The only inflatable part is the leading edge. No valves too of course which is great. It was a common feature in older C kites (slingshot, naish). There must be a reason why the modern bladder solution took over, and it's not weight. I've weighed these flex-struts for want of a better term, and they are lighted than a similar sized bladder inflated. I would have thought a strut with diameters as much as 4 inches in some kites, would generate wind resistance and create an obtrusion to the flow of wind underneath the canopy. So why not have embraced a more simpler design like the GONG kites?
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    COATING YOUR KITE..

    Thanks @andy666. Just wanted to clarify. So you've done this obviously. Did you push out all of the silicone from the caulk bottle into a bucket and mixed it with turps? How did you go? What ratios did you use? What kites did you try it on? Please share.
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    COATING YOUR KITE..

    What silicone sealant would you recommend Terry? Like would this work? It's already to spray and it's water proof. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/3-in-one-silicone-spray---300g/135463.html
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    Flysurfer Soul

    LOL.. from what I've heard from "your" locals around Sandgate, I would say you're not far behind either. Besides - those videos are useless. Change the kite to an Ozone, or even a PANSH Aurora II and they too give you floaty landings and decent jumps. When are kiters going to stop this rort of buying expensive over-priced kit, when wind-is-wind and it all comes down to the pilot - not the kit (not as much anyway).
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    Peter Lynn Nova - Closed Cell Foil

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    Flysurfer Soul

    Actually no. I did "have one" a while back as a loan from another local here. How can I say this... I didn't like it. It's a good kite, but for the price... again... meh.
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    Cheap/free Kiteboarding gear

    Fury a good kite?
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    how old is too old ?

    Por la puta madre hueon!!! Feliz cumpleano! AAAiiiii Translation:
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    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Not kite surfing related, but a novel idea! https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/petersham/fishing/fishing-kite/1208900308
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    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Recent finds: 12m Ozone Frenzy https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/attadale/snow-sports/12-ozone-frenzy-land-snow-kite/1214441178 HQ CrossFire 3.2 https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/kingscliff/other-sports-fitness/hq-crossfire-3-2-traction-power-kite-/1210494379 PANSH Flux and Landboard deal https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/south-coogee/skateboards-rollerblades/pansh-flux-power-kite-wheeled-kiting-board-and-kite/1214714512 Colt 90 MBS Landboard: great for landkiting https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/langwarrin/skateboards-rollerblades/colt-90x-mountainboard/1213560338 Kites and Buggy: https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/tamborine/other-sports-fitness/kite-buggy-parastorm/1215235049
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    Flysurfer Soul

    Meh
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    Pansh Genesis 2019

    I have the 2019 Genesis 12m and have only being using it on water so far. It is actually a bloody good kite for the price, and it handles similar to the older Pyscho III or HQ Neo kites, which I used to have. I have a ride using it on Strava https://www.strava.com/activities/2088155015 No pics, sadly. video yet Look to be honest, the Genesis is far more stable than the Aurora 1 12m, which I also had and sold. The Genesis spins like a C kite, but stays there and pulls like a fixed bridle kite. There was no folding, collapsing or wing-tip folds during flight. The jumps are amazingly good! That's when I really wooohooo'd out on the water and being so fast at turning, I had no problem re-directing for a soft landing. My only gripe with the kite is the packdown. She holds air like a balloon. The two little wing-tip zips are useless for deflating, and the magnetic-valves are useless as well. They are great for a kite crash, which I did do, and the kite did not blow up or anything happened. The valves just opened up to release the pressure. I know because a Flysurfer would not have survived had I'd done the same. I actually heard the "magnetic pop" sound of the valves releasing the air. Yeah that brought a smile too! The leading edge inlets are very wide, perhaps too wide as the kite automatically fills with air even without trying or opening one of the zips. This caused me grief recently, when I left it inflated and flapping in the wind, and the bridles got all tangled up! Speaking of bridles, they are brilliant. Thin, yet stiff and crispy feel-like. I've done the mixer test and all four joins are perfect! Pansh got it right with this kite, or at least the bridles for once! Relaunch was also "like a C kite". It was easy. The kite did not bow-tie. I just pulled on one of the steerers and she opened. I highly recommend the Genesis 2019. I think there is still a 6m for sale on Gumtree for $90! I would get it, but I don't have a need for small kites.
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    Land paddle boarding ( land SUP)

    Not me mate, the video I mentioned. I wish it was me.
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    Land paddle boarding ( land SUP)

    I am making my own paddle at the moment, and testing some different T handles and end-stick ends... the old grandpa walking rubber ends don't last and break apart quickly, depending on how aggressive you paddle, so I am experimenting with a mix of rubber and silicone ends. But here is a great video that shows you the technique I am learning, and yeah it's a upper chest work out. I think it's a great all-body exercise.
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    Lessons

    Shame you're not up here in Tonwsville, QLD. I could teach you land-kiting lessons easy
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    Hello. newbie Q bout depower kites-

    Hey fellow landboarder! Welcome. I actually taught myself to landkite at a local park first and then progressed from there. Now I do both land and water kiting using the same kites, and depending on winds, etc. Just one thing to NOT do at this stage, is to try and jump. Try and keep yourself learning just "mowing the lawn" and then ease into kite-surfing on water where you can jump as much as you like, but even there do so when you're confident and beyond beginner stage - can go upwind, do a toe-side and back, transitions and have excellent control of the kite. Oh and yes, you'll need a bigger kite but as it's known - with immense power comes immense responsibility, so you have to know what you're doing. I hope by then you would have had lessons out on water to make sure you've ironed out any self-taught mistakes. But I love land-kiting as much as I do on the water, because it's [1] easy to setup and get going without changing gear and [2] no one around! All the best and let us know how you go.
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    Kiteboarder in trouble

    Obviously a beginner whos' had no lessons
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    F#@k It All....

    All kite jumps look huge in slow mo
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    Flysurfer Speed 2 19m - mixer issues

    Hi guys, I am hoping someone kind enough will help me tune this kite properly. Thanks in advance for your time. I've tuned this kite like 6 times now, and it still wants to fly past my head and into my rear! But if I shorten the back lines on my bar, the kite stalls into the wind window. I just can't seem to get it into that sweet spot. A great kite, but pulls like a truck if it suddenly wants to go to the zenith or edge of the wind window. So in flight, if I give the AOA full power, the kite flies over my head. If I pull the trim strap all the way out, the kite sits too low into the wind window, and it slowly and gradually picks up speed and pulls like a truck when it's moving into the zenith. There is a powerkite forum thread about this very problem and someone recommended the B and C bridles be shortened, and to ignore the "mixer test" alignment videos on youtube. I've not done this yet. My lines on the bar are all equal, including the fifth. I have flown it without the 5th line, and it really wanted to fly over my head. When I put the fifth back on, it steadied a bit better. Seems the natural weight of the 5th line and bridles makes it "heavier" so it floats better? Anyone had experience with this very kite, and how it flew for you? The latest is that A, B and C are all aligned, but I've left Z alone. Both sides are the same. I cannot get the Z adjusted anyway unless I change over the line entirely to something shorter (by about 2 inches). And yes, I've loosened the WAC line whilst tuning. Thank you so much for any advice.
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    Flysurfer Speed 2 19m - mixer issues

    So I read this thread after your advice there @Kamikuza https://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2392553&start=30&sid=2059c7dd26231c033dba699230f3c8d1 And applied the extra lengths on the SPL (100cm to start off with), and re-adjusted the mixer as per your tips too. VOILA!! Speed2 flies like my old Speed3 15m! Wow... what a difference in performance. Steady as a rock. Boosts like a rocket if I dare send it and pulls like a truck still but at least with more upwind. Thank you again guys.
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