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  1. .Joel

    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
  2. jhn.holgate

    HQ launches depower trainer

    The Rush V Pro School 300 is HQ's latest addition to their Rush range of kites. But this ones an affordable depower. Looking forwards to seeing some reviews of this. I expect Briskites will have some info and pricing on them in the near future. RUSH V PRO SCHOOL 300 The Rush V Pro School is a simple, affordable and durable ram-air depower trainer. It is an ideal kiteboarding trainer for schools, operating and functioning the same as larger depower kites. The Rush School trainer is responsive, smooth and stable. The 3m size has just enough power to ensure beginners will be ready to progress to the next level. The Rush School works with a sheetable bar system, allowing an easy progression onto a larger depower kite after learning the basics. CHARACTARISTICS complete package including de-power control bar and chicken loop flying lines already attached to the kite easy handling - uncomplicated flight characteristics wide useable wind range And info here: http://www.powerkites.de/Products/Kites/Depower-Kites/Rush-V-pro-school.html
  3. I will get my new kite on Thursday and then will be heading to Lefroy on Friday, I've been watching this video by Ozone (see below) to get an idea how to launch and land the closed cell depower as its a bit different from my depowers, which I hot launch, hot wired in the buggy. Any tips and tricks you use with your closed cells? I reckon after a bit of getting used to it I will be hot launching as well...
  4. gum-nuts

    Ozone Manta 10M (2010)

    I was after a low wind engine for my buggy, to enable me to get out more over winter, my original idea was a 6.5m Ozone Method, but then found the Manta II on Kitepower. I spent some time trawling the forums for reviews and opinions of the Manta, especially as it is an older kite (2010) and didn't come up with anything negative. A phone call to kitepower who answered all my questions and I knew that I had to have it (it was also a good price as it was older model!) - Credit card details handed over and it was on its way to WA.As always with kitepower it had arrived within five days ready for the weekend. A very impressive bag with room for at least a couple of kites, external pockets, the customary Ozone key rings and stickers. Some Velcro loops on either sides for the bar and the 5th line safety (as well as the kite, lines, bar and instruction manuals). I took the kite over to the footie oval to attach the lines, set it up and if the wind is cooperating give it a fly. Thankfully set up was straight forward with the lines numbered - but somehow I still managed to get the bridle twisted, but more about this later.I had already converted my Ozone Access SB harness back from a roller to its original spreader hook designed for the Ozone Megatron Chicken loop. The wind on the oval is notoriously lumpy - but after a bit of perseverance I got the kite up and moving. Though a couple of times would drift to the ground due to lack of wind. When the power did kick in the kite showed some of its potential, it pulled well and was pretty quick through the turns despite its size. But I was just playing and getting used to the bar.Overall, I was very impressed the kite had the usual excellent Ozone quality, crisp fabric, excellent seams with no loose threads. The air intakes are massive and have internal cross-bracing. The bridle and Ronstan pulleys are all top quality. And the things like the Velcro tabs to secure the bridle, the wing tip dirt outs just show Ozone’s attention to detail. The only downside is the bile green colour! The bar is the 54cm carbon bar, EVA foam covered and colour coded, which includes - Megatron Chickenloop with top spinning Handle to untwist your lines after rotations or bar spins, easy to land brake handle, leashless re-ride safety system, line trimmers - to fine trim while flying, high Quality stainless Ronstan pulleys. It looks and feels great with fine trimming on the lines as well as a clam-cleat trimmer. First time out in the buggy, the winds were pretty non-existent to start with but my perseverance was rewarded as it did pick up – but stayed at the lower end of the Manta’s wind range approx 12-13kph according to Willy Weather). Easy to unpack and set up down on the lake – took a bit of walking backwards to launch but that was due to the low wind. Later on as the wind increased, it was easy to launch.The kite did get me moving and developed some apparent wind as I moved it through the window. I loved flying hooked into the bar and the kite responded well to the bar and didn’t feel big or sluggish. The feel on the bar was light but you could feel it respond to gusts and depowered towards the top of the window as I didn’t want any lift, and pulled it in for more power and speed as I dropped the kite down.I could land the kite easily by pulling on the stall handle, it would reverse down quickly with very little pull. I also used the stall handle to reverse launch, by pulling on one side. Ozone Manta II 10m - first flight from Mark Crook on Vimeo. It was during the first half an hour I noticed that the right hand wingtip kept collapsing and folding in and noticed from the buggy that the bridle on the right didn’t look the same as the other side (the wind tip folding is noticeable in the video) and didn’t really affect the performance! I landed the kite staked it out and with it sat inflated on the ground and went and inspected the bridles. Somehow in my initial set up I had got the bridle twisted and looped through itself – after a couple of minutes of fiddling had it the sorted – no more wing tip curling. I have to say that it didn’t affect the performance or handling! Since that first flight I have been out with the Manta II in varying conditions and from very little wind in which the kites has taken plenty of work to get it moving and most recently in wind that was ranging from a recorded gusty 12-26kph so getting right to the top end for a 10m Manta. The kite performs really well in the buggy, it develops lots of power throughout the window, turning is quick and precise the kite feels stable and user friendly with its ease of launch, it will sit comfortably at the top of the wind window with very little input and is also simple to land and reverse launch if needed. The feedback through the bar is positive and I can really feel and counter the gusts and the depower range is impressive (remember this was my first depower!) as the kite can go from fully powered and pulling like a train to very minimal pull. I am overcoming my fear of flying a big kite, well... With my lack of experience I would often find that I’m still leaving the bar fully out (depowered) as I set off and finding that there is not much power and I’m not moving anywhere fast! Then pull it into a neutral position and things start to happen. At the other end of the spectrum when the kite has been fully powered I am hanging onto the bar with grim determination, hammering along, with the bar in the powered position – thinking I’m going to die! Then realising and releasing the pressure on the bar and feeling more in control again! This was more down to my lack of experience with depower than any fault of the kite! I am avoiding any lift, which is why a lot of people use a depower and haven’t felt at any point that I am going to leave the buggy, in this respect I think my bar work has been exemplary! Powering up as I drop the kite down into the window and for that extra burst of speed and then depowering as I push the kite up in the window to turn. I am confident that as my experience increases I will push this kite harder, so far it has proven itself as a low wind buggy engine and got me moving when my other kites wouldn’t. But with its huge wind range it is so much more than that. I love flying on the bar, the fact that you can sit back and cruise, but a simple pull and the power increases and you get one of those woohoo! Moments. Once again the Ozone build quality is first rate, the bag and bar really finish the whole package. The kite is powerful, exhilarating, but has the stability and predictivness that I like. The Manta has bitten me a couple of times usually as the wind picks up to the top of the wind range and when my attention drops - it is a powerful kite.
  5. gum-nuts

    Ozone Access 6M (2013)

    2013 Ozone Access 6m... This is my second depower kite as I have also got a Ozone Manta 10m, flying the Manta is what convinced me to sell my trusty Ozone Method and Flow to fund a smaller depower.The thing I like about the depowers in the buggy is the huge wind range and the gust handling abilities - also how much cooler does it look flying one handed with a bar...?The Ozone Access is designed as a beginner/intermediate snow kite, with great performance, stability and safety and as a high wind/storm kite for the experienced rider - I bought it as my high wind kite, with a wind range from 15-25 knots it sits nicely below the 10m Manta. The build quality of Ozone kites is legendary and once again I was not disappointed. The sail is immaculate with neat seams and not a thread out of place. It has top quality Ronstan Orbit Block Series 20 pulleys, four unique blow-out-valves on the under surface, these seal as the kite inflates and velcro dirt-outs at the wing tips. The sail has the typical Ozone mesh covering the vents and diagonal internal cross bracing. The Access has a clam-cleat trimmer that sits above the bar so that you can further adjust the power even while flying and this is easy to operate one handed. This features a really nice bit of design; the clam-cleat and end of the line have magnets in them so even if you have it pulled in fully (complete depower) the length of cord attaches to the clam-cleat and doesn’t flap around (I found this out purely by accident on my third or fourth flight!).The 2013 6m Access comes with a 45cm Ozone Contact-Snow control bar and the 5th line safety system, Ozone Megatron chicken loop and 25m lines. It all fits into the usual high quality back-pack and comes with the instruction manual, key ring, stickers and repair tape. The set up of the Ozone Access is simple with the lines wrapped on the bar and all numbered, I set it up on the grass opposite the house and the only issue I found was when I came to my first flight I had the 5th line safety over the top of the front lines where it is supposed to sit under them (easily rectified), I should look at the manual rather than thinking I know what I am doing! Performance – first flight the wind was gusting 11-18 knots, once the kite was unpacked and the 5th line adjusted! I started attaching the safety leash to my harness and then to the loop on the 5th line that comes through the chicken loop then attached the chicken loop to the harness, release the handbrake, step back, the kite fully inflates and launches a few light touches on the bar and it sits nicely at the zenith.Usually I would have a go static flying just to see how the kite performs, get a feel for the power- zone and range of power and try out the safety – this time I just hopped straight into the buggy, dropped the kite into the power zone as I pulled on the bar and off I went…Like some of the other Ozone kites I have owned, if you work the kite at the lower end of the wind range you can start to get some decent pull as the kite develops some speed. And as the wind increases the kite comes into its own with some decent pull. In the buggy the Access performs well, some great pull, awesome stability and is developing some decent speeds (probably not as quick as my fixed bridals - yet), I have flown it in about 10-11 knots and it has got me moving and was in its element 18-20 knots and gusty. My problem is hitting that perfect line in which the kite really performs at it's best - but I am getting closer. I have been every which way with the kite, work it a bit to get some speed and it travels well up-wind. you can sit it off to one side and quite comfortably sit with one hand on the bar and let it cruise or cycle it through a sine-wave to increase the speed. track with SW winds The feel on the bar is great, nice and light pressure, but the feedback is really positive. Even with the shorter 45cm bar on the 6m the kite response is immediate and positive. Just the lightest touch to change the direction as good as if it were a fixed bridle on handles. I absolutely love flying on a bar, with the Access I am really letting it pull me through the down-wind power slides. Taking the kite to the top of the wind window, turning it through 180 and as it comes back down into the power zone, pulling on the bar as I turn the buggy through a 180 degree down-wind turn and let the kite pull me round through a huge, grin inducing, power-slide. The 5th line safety system gives a total flag out when you release the safety on the megatron chicken loop. I wasn't sure how I would go flying with the leash attached to the harness, in the buggy, but it hasn't been any sort of encumbrance. A part from having to hook the leash onto the flag out loop there is no difference than flying any-other kite. Let go of the bar and pull the release on the megatron chicken loop and the kite collapses and totally depowers -the bar shoots up towards a red ball on the front leader line and there is no pull at all. There was a little bit of untangling needed though - but it's reassuring to know how effective it is. There is also another quick release on the leash for those who like to get air and ride unhooked - not for me! Landing the kite in normal circumstances is straight forward and easy, just grab the hand-brake webbing with one hand and pull it towards your hip and the kite lands easily even in the power zone. Put it down at the edge of the power zone on those strong wind days. The hand-brake also works to reverse launch the kite when you stack-it, either keep hold and it will right itself and park on the ground or let it reverse launch and spin it and off you go... There is no way I have even come anywhere close to realizing the true potential of this kite, as my confidence and competence with the depower continues to increase my speed gradually edges up. It has already proven it's flexibility and stability in gusty conditions. I was always worried that I would regret selling my Ozone Method and Ozone Flow as they were my main work horses but I think the Access 6m is going to be a worthy replacement. the back pack close up on the bar
  6. jhn.holgate

    Ozone Access Xt 4M

    One of my favorite kites, the 4m Access XT was Ozone's 2010 model in it's line of beginner to intermediate depower kites. It's a zippy little beastie too. Normally, you would not even consider static flying with a depower kite, but I have to admit, the 4m XT can be a bit of fun. Its quite a bit more responsive than the 09 XC and you can really work the kite vigorously to get some good power out of it. That speed of turning does come at a cost though, this is not the most stable kite Ozone has ever made. I would describe it as 'skittish'. Sit it at the top of the window next to an older model (I did this with 05? Frenzy) and the older kite sits there like a rock while the XT bobbles and quivers and moves around nervously. It's a lot more 'excitable' than it's 2009 XC predecessor. Nor is it quite as robustly made methinks. It's a little bit lighter all round - although it's never been a problem. Quality is typical Ozone - nicely put together. Mesh coverings on the cell openings. It also has the 'blowout' 'valves' which are a couple of openings to the front of the kite made of stiffer material that won't open under normal circumstances but will open in the event of a nose down crash to expel the excess pressure - neat idea. Bar is nice - the primary safety dumps the kite to the brakes and is quickly and easily reattached. The Access parks on it's brakes reasonably well but you do have to get the balance right between pressure on the power lines and pressure on the brakes - too much pressure on the brakes and the trailing edge will get wind under it and want to hop around, so a little thought is needed when you stake the brakes. Speaking of pressure, the bar feels quite light and comfortable when under way in the buggy with no great pressure on it from the brake lines. The 4m handles very directly and fast, it's just a fun kite to hoon around with. Upwind performance is adequate and speed is quite ok. I've managed about 66kph with the 4m and know of others who've gone a bit faster with it. Wind range for me starts at around 15 knots or so. By 18-20 it's a lot of fun. I've had it out in a little over 30 knots and it kept me on my toes - particularly with this model being a bit more skittish than previous models. This was my fastest run with the XT in 30 knot winds. You can see the wind is easily at 45 degrees or more cross on shore. It goes downwind really nicely. Very slow coming back but it did make it back.. Others may well use it in over 30 knots but that's enough wind for me. Nearly forgot to mention the bag....it's huge! You could probably fit 4 of these kites in there! Now the last couple of times I have bought Ozone depower kites, I really can't help thinking this company takes two steps forwards but one step back. Yes they made it faster and more responsive, but that was at the cost of stability. (It is still a pretty stable beast). But they took the cam cleat adjuster off the power lines and replaced it with some bloody useless trim straps on either end of the bar. Do you want to be trying to adjust two separate webbing straps either side of the bar in 25 knots? I sure as hell don't. The 4m doesn't particularly need a cam cleat adjuster as it's got a fair range of depower anyway, but they also left if off the rest of the range. I think it was a big mistake. Ozone must have thought the same as they re-instated it on the 2011 model. Here's a vid I did 5 years ago when the kite was a little more crispy - actually, even though I have flown this quite a bit over the years, it is still pretty crispy. Despite not having the cam cleat and not being quite as stable as other Access models, I do get a kick out of flying the 4m Access. They are a damn good versatile kite. I much prefer this safety system over the one Ozone put on the 2014 Frenzy which I couldn't come to grips with. If you've never flown one of these, you should try to beg, borrow or steal one for a test ride. And if you have a recent model, I'd be keen to hear how it stacks up against the 2010 XT.
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