Project Salvage : Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews.
RaceKites was an example of a collective human effort coming together to build the largest, dedicated online repository of kiting reviews. In 2019 RaceKites went offline, today I would like to share that the sum of all that knowledge is coming to Extreme Kites.
Alan Short, the owner of RaceKites was responsible for building and maintaining the platform for nearly 15 years containing over 1500 reviews. I’d like to acknowledge the th
It’s no secret that Land Kiting over the past decade has suffered a loss of momentum, as the number of kiters has reduced the fragmentation of the community has increased. This has accelerated how disjointed we are as a community from resources that were once easier to access.
Today Extreme Kites has moved to a .ORG domain to clearly signal to everyone that we want you to join us and be part of our community. To help bring more of us together from all over the world, and in turn hopefully
Today I’m adding an additional section to Extreme Kites called ‘The Library.’ The first part of the Library is the downloads area and this is a place where the community can share files, PDFs, Drawings, Line Plans, Tweaks, Manuals and even old brochures that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. I’ve kept it simple to start and as each category grows they’ll be sub-divided in to clearer and more identifiable categories.
It’s in its early infancy, however keep an eye on it as I feed more and m
Project Salvage : Restoring 20 Years of Kiting History.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be working to restore the content that was once available on Flexifoil Forums / Kitecrowd.
I’ll be attempting to restore nearly 20 years of kiting history where there were nearly 2 million contributions made by thousands of individuals.
It’s something personal for me, my first years of Kiting the Flexifoil Forums provided so much wealth of information. With kitecrowd, foilzone, arcusers, race
The gents dominated the beach today - which was pretty impressive as it was roughly 5 knots all afternoon but a perfect onshore wind (which turned directly south towards the end) But that just went to show that the beach is do-able with the southernly.
@bull31 and “Roger” rocked up to supply the wanted shade on this 30c day and the entertainment began.
I’m still learning the kites from visuals, so I’m sorry to not be able to give you all the specs (so hopefully our pilots can fill in
Yesterday saw a rest day from Buggying however the Blokart came out on the foreshore and @igeighty, @Tiger37, @Grants and myself all went out and had an attempted sail and a few static flies. Have picked out a present I shall be buying myself, a vented Freilein. @Chook was flying one last night and it was a pleasant flight. Tell you what, if he had a few, he would of had some buyers with both John and Trevor also keen.
Today we’re off again to see Robyn at Sandy Grove for Muntrie Cheesecak
Monday 15th January
Back to Beachport today. Checked out the beach Blowhole Road (with 4x4 access) Excellent, however the wind was square on at the Millicent Road Car Park, (where we were based yesterday) so we split up and met in the middle. It’s a southernly 21 knot this afternoon and again another buggy day in the sun. Bit rough for the Blokart, so watched the others. John and Trevor are both on the Born Stars, Dougie on the 2.7 Vapor, Chook out with the 9.0 Ozone R1 and not sure what Ro
So the buggy wheels became sandy from our trip out to BeachPort, which is 89km south east from Kingston SE. Just before you head into town and before the caravan park is a small pull in which puts you straight on the beach. After a few groups of horses trotted through, Doug was out, keen to get a fly before another hacking group came through. With the wind SSW at 15 knots, the GT was offloaded and a 2.7m Vapor hoisted into the air, a few runs up and down the beach and Doug comes back in to grab
@igeighty and myself rocked up around 6:30 (SA time) last night and set up camp. After a windy (relatively dry night) we wake to a windy and rather wet morning. Before the heavy falls started, I took my coffee up to the foreshore and watched the sand being pushed up onto the road. It was quite blustery up there.
So far @jhn.holgate @Rob and @Chook managed to get out on the beach yesterday. @Grants and his family are camped up too (sorry we didn’t come over to say g’day yet. Had to put up t
The new season down under is upon us, so it's time to upgrade the website and launch a new section
Today I've done the basic upgrade, there's a few areas to fix and polish then I'll be launching a new section which will keep you hooked for hours
There will be some errors and issues, they can be submitted here: http://www.extremekites.com.au/bugs/
Wow - I have the most viewed blog! Thank you to everyone who taken the time to view my pointless blogs. I've been quiet lately with the writing however I hope to post something soon after the next play on the beach.
The winner of the Born-Kite Longstar2 2016/17 Competition is........ @Darren Tibbey!
Congratulations and welldone, throughout the competition you created some really good and engaging contributions and discussions that landed this result. In second place to Darren was @andy666 who also generated some engaging contributions. An Extreme Kites Buggy T-Shirt will be on its way to you
Once again thanks to Born-Kite for supplying the prize, you can visit their website at http://www.born
In the run up to Xmas and the peak kiting season for us, We thought it was about time for another competition. Steffen Born from Born-Kites is sending us a 5.5m LongStar 2 hot off of the presses for review. We are going to review the kite during our Blow @ Kingston 2017 Meet in January and after that some lucky member will be announced the winner of the kite! Yep, nearly $1000 of Born-Kite goodness can be all yours! A big THANK YOU to Born-Kite for supplying us with the LongStar 2.
Over the past year Extreme Kites has grown considerably, for the first time in a long time Land Kiting especially in Australia has started to see a small resurgence and growth. The aim of Extreme Kites is to give kiters a place online to share their knowledge, experience and socialise online which we hope in turn leads to people building friendships. We've found the more people we reach via the website and welcome in to our community the more these individuals become our friends and meet us on
Last season two of my passions intersected, flying drones and flying kites. I love power kites and i've been flying them for over 10 years now, however drones are a recent passion in the last 3 years that i've picked up and started to enjoy. I used to call them multi-rotors, but the mainstream public's declaration of calling them drones has now washed off on me. During our Kingston trip I finally had the opportunity to really intersect the two passions, and this year i'm hoping to take things
Well it has been a while since Extreme Kites had T-Shirts available!
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So I've had a small win overnight, bidding on a Flexifoil Blade MK1 3.3M in the colours I like for this series. Here's some shots below of the kite from the auction, it'll be on its way to @koma's place shortly and added to the stash
If anyone knows what colour options the 2.6M came in let me know, it's the last one missing in the series and so far I can only find that there was an aqua/black colour scheme
There's been some amazing prices on second hand gear in Australia, and indeed globally the past year. Last August I managed to pickup a pristine condition Peter Lynn nGen here in Australia that had been flown less than 6 times since its original purchase. So this has continued to me nearly finishing my complete set of Flexifoil Blade MK1's, and the Flexifoil Blade 4.9 in every edition from MK1 to MK5
So continuing this nostalgic trend, a few weeks back a Blade MK1 7.2M appeared on a loc