The Day's Summery:
Another awesome afternoon, and this time went out with a mission
Objective 1 :- beat PB
Objective 2 :- beat sluggos PB
Objective 3 :- enter 70Km/h Club
On arriving at beach wind was a good clean 25knts, this was pretty much at the top end of what I'm comfortable with on the 3m Crossfire, but what the hey, that was to be the weapon of choice so out it comes and on the first pass with a speed of 68.8 objectives 1 and 2 are immediately achieved, and as such just had to stop by where Sluggo was still setting up his kite to tell him that he's officially playing catchup for the rest of the day!
The next half hour pretty much stuck to this script, in these winds the crossfire is just awesome, but sadly was not able to cap the initial 68.8, and soon a squall hit the beach which I sat out until it passed, and it took a while for it to dry out again before it would fly properly.
Then the wind picked up beyond what the 3m can handle so it was time to put it away and go for plan S.
Plan S was my 2m sky bums spirit, these days you could be forgiven thinking that Flexifoil, PKD, Peter Lynn, Libre, HQ, Ozone etc are pretty much the only players, they certainly rate amongst the vast majority of kite purchases, so its easy to forget that there are other very minor players who are not backed by multi million $$ development budgets, yet still manufacture some pretty good kites... and one of these minor Players is Paul Morgan, the guy behind Sky Bums and the Spirit.
This particular Kite was actually my first real foil, I started flying quad lines when I got a revolution, and shortly after bought this 2m spirit off skybums stand at a local Kite show with an interest in flying it as a stunt kite, but also with a half interest in traction kites.... and that where the trouble started
This kite has always been a absolute joy to fly, but one you have to fly with care in high wind, it was this kite that damned near killed me when I tried flying it in way too much wind, and this afternoon when I took my eye off the ball for just a moment too long tried to take both me and Sluggo out at the same time!
On the Skybums website Paul claims to have used this kite to reach a speed of 69MPH (111KM/H), which is actually quite a claim.... and one I'm well prepared to believe!
The kite itself doesn't look all that special, its basically a rectangle, no sweeping curves or rounded edges that characterise modern kites, its just a flat rectangle with a 6:1 aspect ratio, and at $300 its dirt cheap!
However, in the right wind its little short of awesome, it easily took me up into 70, and shortly later topped out at 78.4....Objective 3 met and obliterated!!!!!, could probably have done a lot more but I was getting severely limited on sideways traction and was not able to lay down enough power, but still Sluggo flying a 2.8 century 2 was being left standing (literally because he was getting lifted out the buggy)
So there you go guys 78.4km/h on a $300 kite, that's less than $4 per KM/H.... maybe something to think about before you limit your next purchase option to Flexifoil/PKD/Peter Lynn/Libre/HQ/Ozone
next stop the 80Km/h / 50MPH club!!!!