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Locations for flying in Wagga

Here's some details on flying locations in Wagga.   1. Duke of Kent Oval.  Works well in most wind directions and has a wind sock fitted as it's also home to the local helipad for emergency retrieval helicopters.  Only downside is the houses and power lines that surround the perimeter.  Quite a large area.  In winter there are some soccer goals usually semi-permanently fixed.  2. Henwood Park Oval,  Good for easterlies.  Also OK for southerlies.  Park is flanked by hous

123matt

123matt

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 s

roblukin

roblukin

Finally Made it on to the Track

Well after 15 months of training, I finally made it on to team and we played a game.  I had a very inauspicious start being ejected from the stadium after only being on the track for less than two minutes. This weekend was different.  I passed the practical test for being a referee and I stayed on track for a full game.  For those who don't know Roller Derby, it is a game on roller skates where one member of your team tries to get past the players of the other team - with the other team doi

BobM

BobM

Extreme Kites Blog Competition

  Extreme Kites Blog Competition Pansh Ace II 4.0m or SJCam M10+ Gyro Stabilised Action Camera! 3 Runner Up Prizes of Extreme Kites Lanyards How do I win?? 1 Entry : Follow the XK News Blog Click on "Follow This" on the top of the XK News Blog to be subscribed to the official blog and receive 1 Entry. Link to XK News Blog: http://www.extremekites.com.au/blogs/blog/1-xk-news/ 5 Entries : Create a Qu

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

The Path Ahead...

Welcome back, it's been years....  Presently the GKC in a caretaker role, the most recent recorded meeting of the GKC was late 2014 and a brief followup during March 2015 to touch base on the present situation.  The aim for 2016 is to finalise the club's position, bring forward all current and outstanding paperwork, present a public record of accounts, publish past meeting minutes directly to this page and digitise as much as possible of the club's history to keep

.Joel

.Joel

Event Albums Imported

HUGE Import in to the Event Albums has taken place bringing back 10 years of Australian kiting history.  I've backdated the Albums and Images, now just finalising some file permissions on some of the images within the albums.  You can jump in and take a look for yourself, we'll also be inserting a number of missing albums from 2010 to 2015 where the images were posted in the Discussion Forums for those events. Link: http://www.extremekites.com.au/gallery/category/

.Joel

.Joel

We Fixed My Kite

@.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up. Fingers crossed, Ill come

roblukin

roblukin

First Run With GT's

The following weekend we got out to sandy Point for our first run, 3 of the GT's got there toes wet, Nigel didn't make it because he had a problem with his tyres. We had really good wind on Saturday, Mary went up on the dunes with the windmeter and said it was 25-30 knots. I was only taking it easy so I could get a feel for the buggy and I still reached 68 kph. You don't even feel like your going fast and when you take the pressure off the footpegs the buggy just keeps on going straight. If I di

roblukin

roblukin

New Buggies

Our new GT Race buggies arrived The next week our, it feelt like xmas, Gotta love new toys! 4 of us imported them from the Netherlands, Joel, Nigel, Doug and myself. The other guys all got GT Rapide's while i got the slightly smaller GT Radical. We all got together for a bit of a BBQ and an assembly day. My buggy The other guys all have this buggy Heres a time lapse video of us assembling my buggy, you will want to flick through it cause it drags on a bit

roblukin

roblukin

Sandy Point Again

I'm still in Melbourne, so another weekend at Sandy Point It looks like our new buggies might turn up soon, so I think I'm going to hang around for a while longer

roblukin

roblukin

Speed Week 2015, Sandy Point - Vic

I havn't updated my blog for a while, every time I sit down at the computer I just cant get into it, so now its time to pull my finger out and catch up on it all. The Extreme Kites crew at the annual pilgrimage to Sandy Point located 2 hours drive South East from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 4 days of fun (and hopefully a little craziness) over the Melbourne Cup long weekend. We didn't get any record breaking winds this time, but we still had a great time. Just nice easy flying on the ma

roblukin

roblukin

Low wind no wind

OK so my son Axel has started exams so I got to go fly as I waited for him. place Belmont rec.res.- wind almost - kites Mitzel lite,Raven, 12m zip tip Peel and Dharma first the wind By crushing a chunk of dry grass to a fine powder from 1.5m up the finer bits drifted about 400-500mm so about bugger all gusting to minus bugger all wind direction west = or - 180o first out of the bag was the Mitzel lite I can't imagine the UL version of this made of one peas of icarex with a bit of reinfo

the_hatman

the_hatman

the long way back

Chapter 1 history The first time I flew a two line kite I was about 16 or 17, my dad got a Peter Powell (a blue plastic diamond with an ally frame sprung at the tip) I flew it a few times but I had other more pressing things on my mined (motor bikes, boos and girls in that order). By the time I got to 18 I dropped the boos as the bike was now a T500 two stroke twin (about 120 125hph) and speed was king (I've never lost the love of bikes just too broken to ride any more). I then discovered cavi

the_hatman

the_hatman

Heading South

Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there.  Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been

roblukin

roblukin

Why GT-Race?

There's been a lot of attention lately towards GT-Race buggies in Australia and I'm unashamedly responsible.  Earlier this year @nigel and I discussed to great length and in detail finally making our move towards owning the best production race buggies available.   Our decision came about by the competitive blood between us when we're out kiting together, it's nearly a diagnosable medical condition and something that we've enjoyed for over 10 years together.   Back in July our original plan was

.Joel

.Joel

South & Western Australia trip

Friday morning at 7.30am the big trip west begins.  Work is slack during September so I figure I have the time to do this trip now, so I should do it while I can.  Not looking forward to the first day drive from Ballarat to either Crystal Brook or Pt Pirie, somewhere around the 900km mark. I figure I'll go via Mildura and skip the drive through Adelaide.   From there I'll head to Fowlers Bay which is another 700km, and I'm hoping to arrive there late afternoon on the Saturday.  Huge dunes and wh

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

Seeing Things

Last time I went to the optometrists and had a change to my prescription, I forked out $150 each for a couple of pair of glasses.  And that was about as cheap as I could go.  No fancy anti reflective or hydrophobic coatings just plain Jane lenses.  I think the frames were $40 or $50 and the lenses were the rest.  It's real easy to double and quadruple those prices on glasses bought in-store. Now I'm all for supporting local business and I feel bad when I don't, but there is a point where too mu

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

Who am I?

My name is Joel Theodore, I live in Australia and I have been kiting since 2003.  Throughout my journey I have experienced and enjoyed a variety of kiting disciplines, starting with a kite buggy and learning ground based freestyle then moving to aerial freestyle and buggy jumping.  After a few years I moved on to Kiteboarding and enjoyed many seasons on the water, however after a bit of a break i'm back in the buggy and this time chasing my goal of outright speed. In 2006 I joined Extreme Kites

.Joel

.Joel

Dogstaking; facing the wind flying.

I'm in the development stage of making a dogstake to fly my kites through. Dogstake I hear you say. It's where you fly your kite with the strings looping around a pulley so you are facing the back of your kite. Like line bending but with a specific piece of kit. It's not a new concept, was first introduced by Lee Sedgewrick in the late '80s. I have been doing line bending using the soccer goals at the park across the road from my place. But looped around a pole is far from ideal. Hence the idea

SparkieRob

SparkieRob

The Munchies

After a couple hours of buggying, it's good to have a break...stand up and stretch the legs.  Take in the awesome scenery.  Grab a drink and a bite to eat.  And speaking of a bite to eat, have I got a recipe for you.  Exclusively on Extreme Kites is my Honey Oat slice recipe!!  Ok, it's not really my own invention - I've been mucking around with it for a couple of weeks, changing a few things here and there and adding a few bits to see how it would go.  Anywhoo, this is yumo.   Melt:  (I chuck

jhn.holgate

jhn.holgate

Extreme Kites Reviews

A brilliant new Extreme Kites Reviews section is now live!  We've put together a stunning view of the reviews homepage that works across Desktop, Tablet and Mobile so you can enjoy the latest content on whatever device you're using.   For years people have contributed reviews throughout a Discussion Forum or as a Reply to a Topic.  That information has been helpful, however revisiting that information later on when you need it again has been difficult and the longer time went on the harder revi

.Joel

.Joel

Google+ Logins Now Enabled!

Google+ Accounts can now be used to login to Extreme Kites the same way that we have enabled Facebook & Twitter Logins.   New Users simply click the Orange "Sign in with Google" bar.   Existing Users go to "Account Settings," select the "Google" tab then simply click the Orange "Sign in with Google" bar.

.Joel

.Joel

Another "OH SHIT" moment

We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping.  We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school ho

roblukin

roblukin

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