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Tuesday & Wednesday

Arrived on the Tuesday - Chook and Rob were already setup in the caravan park with Doug and Mary arriving a bit later in the day.   Headed to the beach and while it was 'high' tide, there was still more than enough hard pack to kite on.  The wind was cross on shore but we managed a couple hours of kiting in moderate conditions.  Wednesday morning saw some static kiting and Blokart shenanigans on the foreshore which was a bit of fun.  Steve was staying in a house nearby and wandered over to

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

Code That Shits Me

<Rant Mode> I've been putting a new section together for Extreme Kites which I personally think is going to be another incredible resource over time, it'll be announced on the XK News Blog shortly.  I would have released it earlier but after getting it to about 90% ready for launch I did a "minor" update between versions on the website to apply some new patches.  Well it totally borked the new section, seeing as documentation is fucking scarce on some things finally today we

.Joel

.Joel

Nothing to show yet

In my head the build has started, in reality nothing to show yet, after a recent house move I've put my stash of material (for this build) somewhere very very safe!  In the meantime I've tweaked my wing tip design, printed all the templates (in A3) and stuck them all together.  Done some web surfing and settled on a design to appliqué to the wing (or maybe both sides).  Only problem is the design will be in black, you can't see through the material to trace so it's a matter of cutting the design

BigE

BigE

Scar Tissue

Today I got to see the damage from the spinal surgery courtesy of photos taken by the nursing staff.  This was the scene this morning when they checked the dressing. Looks a bit of a mess and sporting a new haircut.    During the day I was bought some entertainment by the physiotherapist. I have to suck on the mouthpiece to lift all 3 balls in the tubes 5 times every hour to get the lungs working properly again.    Then the big reveal this afternoon. Drain ha

Goz

Goz

Music to tap my painkiller button to.

My anaesthesiologist has thoughtfully provided me with a large bag of Fentanyl and push button to give me a top up as required. I don't sleep well in hospital,  so I'm lying here with my mp3 player full of music in one hand and the giggle button in the other listening to Pink Floyd - Comfortably Number struck me as being a suitable track.  Anyone got any suggestions for other appropriate tracks would also go well with healthy doses of painkillers?   

Goz

Goz

Red Bull Ragnarok 2015

Once again, I found myself on the vast plains of Hardangervidda in Norway with kites all around me. We arrived Thursday morning after a 5-6-ish hour drive and before that, a 3 hour trip by boat and checked into the rented apartment. After an hours sleep we was ready to go check out the conditions, so we drove out on the plateau. The race is in the end of the season this means the day temperature often is just around zero degrees Celsius or even a few degrees above, this means the snow is more ic

m.klinge

m.klinge

Surgery time again.

Another couple of years have gone past since last lot of spinal surgery and once again  I find myself waiting to go under the knife again for more work. Currently lying in a hotel room in Brisvegas trying to sleep on the eve of some major spinal work being done. Tomorrow the Neurosurgeon is going to cut a large slot in the back of my neck, cut away all the muscle from the back of my spine behind the neck and cut a couple of large wedges out to f the back of my spine and give my spinal canal a po

Goz

Goz

Tattoos in western society – a bit of history

So in a not too distant past tattooing (And body art in general) was the mark of sailors and criminals –  if we for a minute ignore the fact that Frederick IX of Denmark (1899 – 1972) was quite tattooed for a royalty – and didn’t mind showing it off in the interview with the American magazine LIFE. But then again he was educated in the Royal Danish Navy so one could argue the part about sailors still holds true J Frederick IX of Denmark was quite tattoed and not shy of showing it.

m.klinge

m.klinge

How I got started

I was first bit by the bug some 7 years ago in 2010.  My wife and I were on vacation in FL, and a local kite shop had an advertisement in the tourist paper for a free 1 hour kiteboarding lesson.  I called them up, and they met me at the beach with a B3 trainer kite.  As soon as they put the bar in my hands I was hooked.  I couldn't believe the power the kite was able to generate- and I was even more amazed at how much control I had over it.  Growing up, like most people, my only real expe

MikeDobbs

MikeDobbs

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

the_hatman

the_hatman

Frustrating Lack of Wind

Here we can see the frustrations of an inland kiter - there is barely enough wind to keep the kite in the air, let alone get some traction from it to drive the buggy. I was silly enough to combine a lack of sunscreen and shorts on this day and ended up with sunburnt legs. I also chose this photo because it shows the muscle definition caused by taking up an alternate sport

BobM

BobM

Another weather blog

So on the 27th, I was tracking a storm in Dallas via the TVN Weather website. Via the website, they have live storm chasers, with live stream footage so for people like me, who can't suddenly jump on a plane to tornado alley in the US, can chase from the comfort of my home. The super cell formed at first, a rope tornado which over the space of a few minutes, grew in size to form what they call a "Stovepipe" tornado. Here are a few screen captures of the morning (Boxing Day night in the US)

Mez

Mez

Extreme Clouds....

So John @jhn.holgate promoted me to write a comment on the cloud formations I've seen whilst in Australia.  I am an avid weather watcher, once writing the reports for the Facebook group "Victorian Storm Chaser", however at the time, it was taking up all my evenings to submit daily reports for the week ahead. The most freakish formation of clouds I have seen to date is the Undulatus Asperatus. They are like "bubbles" in the clouds and are angry and dark, but rarely produce any storms.

Mez

Mez

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. Refle

.Joel

.Joel

Half Way There

I finally got enough commercially available paraphernalia to put together some quad-skates suitable for using with a kite! The wind was not co-operating on the day this photo was taken, so there is no shot of me actually kite-skating, but that will come on a later date. For those who are observant, yes these are actually strap-on skates - haven't things changed since you last saw strap-on skates. The wheels in the photo are street-wheels, the skates came with multi-terrain wheels

BobM

BobM

One zonked out roo...

A successful release for one very lucky Eastern Grey Kangaroo today. Found himself in the back garden of a property in Croydon North. (I wouldn't call it even semi rural so this poor boy was well and truly displaced) Anyway managed to get someone to dart him - and I transported him to a more suitable area. Four hours later, I call the darter as it was taking too long. Turns out he gave the poor fella the amount for a 50kg roo, he was about half that size. He was even snoring in the back of

Mez

Mez

Red Bull Ragnarok 2014

Red Bull Ragnarok 2014 So in the spring of 2014 I got my baptism of fire in terms of snowkiting when partaking in Red Bull Ragnarok 2014. As a Dane who has never been either to Sweden or Norway or any other place with mountains and snow, my experience as a snowkiter was limited to the inland fields of Denmark during the (Very few) days with 5-15 centimetres of snow. The race was held in the stunning surroundings of the Haugastøl plateau during Friday the 4th of April. The wind was very li

m.klinge

m.klinge

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 Mar

.Joel

.Joel

Solo Shot

The (un)official photographer released his images from the game. Photo Credits to David Mackie - Soul Hunter Photography. In the background, you can see the stall selling sparkly pants; I just can't seem to bring myself to wearing those for some reason. This looks like I am indicating a left-turn; which is quite funny because Roller Derby has been described as "Skate Forward, Turn Left"

BobM

BobM

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

ssayre

ssayre

Bush Fire prevented my Christmas lunch...

So was on my way up to Seville today via Wandin North to a friends house for the annual Christmas lunch only to have a rude grass fire prevent me from my roasted potatoes and roast lamb! Thought it was damn rude. All jokes aside, it was a little too close to home - my friends home more precisely. It had seperated their family for the briefest of time, but nonetheless a scary experience for us all and all on high alert. Hoping that the fire plans they have in place are really effective. They

Mez

Mez

A New Year .... a New Build

As some of you will already know I build my own kites, starting from simple one colour NasaParaWings (which started life with NASA as a re-entry chute) to the new breed of single skin kites which have their roots in the paragliding world.  I've had a long spell from kiting (well for me @ 6months). After building three new style kites 12m, 7m and a 5m which I call the "Hammers", why? Because of the punch they deliver, don't get me wrong they are not snatchy, they are very smooth and progressive.

BigE

BigE

Mezza to the Rescue...again

So, my biggest bird rescue goes out to one very displaced pelican in Wonga Park. The poor girl was found very dazed in the back paddock of a house up there. Sitting in the sun all day until I arrived, I managed to get her up the slope and into the goats water trough where she sat quite happily until help arrived. She looked as though she had received a hit on the head at some point, but showed signed of encouragement when she decided that it was "chase time" Ask Doug what its like to have y

Mez

Mez

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