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    Mfwetu

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  1. .Joel

    Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews

    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 thousands of hours Alan put in to the RaceKites community, and his immense generosity in providing tha
    8 points
  2. Melissa asked me if I could 'vacuum a bit more' now that her maternity leave is coming to an end. Sure no problem, I can do that.... Fast forward a week... welcome to the family 'Jetson' We'll be at work and Jetson will do its thing... Olivia loves it Next step dishwasher in the kitchen and I can claim to do all the dishes too
    6 points
  3. .Joel

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    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 together reconnect and enjoy information and content that we thought had been lost forever. Th
    5 points
  4. BobbyO

    Sysmic S3

    Well here it is Sept. 2020 and Chris tells me I'm on target to get my Sysmic 3 at the end of Oct-Nov. I can't wait!! Once it's together , the thing I like about it is that you can loosen the swan neck connection , slide it out with the front wheel. Disconnect the 2 bolts that hold the 2 piece axle into the rear plate , then the seat section stays in one piece , the 2 rear wheels are separate with their half of the axle , and you can shove the whole thing into the back of an SUV!! You get to the beach , shove the swan neck together , put the axles in their place , tighten everything up , away y
    4 points
  5. During this COVID lock down and losing employment because of it I decide I liked being home and it was time to start my own business. I bought a 3D printer to help with design projects- prototypes etc. It’s been fun trying stuff out, and I’m going to see if I can rebuild my old Revo truck board using printed parts. I’ve designed the main truck housing to use tradition skate truck hole setup as the original Revos have a specific setup which means drilling into your board. I’ve printed this first test setup with PETG, which it the same plastic used in plastic drink bottles. So I’m
    4 points
  6. igeighty

    Tribe of Trilobites

    We have increased the trilobite family to 8 now. They are all white with red eyes. The new additions are a pair of small 3 m another 7m and a 10m The collection is now 3,3,3,7,7,10,16 and 36m The smaller 6 can effectively fly themselves tethered. But the larger 16 and 36 definitely need a minder i can’t get photos in the air just yet, but the day will come when we can get outside to fly again.
    4 points
  7. Just a small update Reviews have been imported quite successfully, a handful of these will need manual cleaning up so I've created a little label that just has 'pending cleanup' on there. On the bottom of all the reviews imported from Race Kites there will be something similar to what's here: \ I'm estimating I'll have the reviews accessible to everyone over the weekend, just a few small things left to clean up which I'll do after the kids go Zzz each night.
    3 points
  8. 20 downloads

    This Magazine has been digitised by Extreme Kites with the express permission from Andy Preston, the original Publisher/Editor of Freestyle UK Zine. I have provided 3 options on Download which include High Resolution, Mid Resolution or Low Resolution. Table of Contents Inflight Entertainment [2] Stacks of shots to inspire and motivate. Get Off The Fence [4] Your chance to have your say. Rider Dossier 1 [5] Appo and Mark Everitt Nooz Page 1 [6] Peter Lynn Core and Kheo Boards Nooz Page 2 [7] Radsails Aztec starter kite Nooz Page 3 [8]
    3 points
  9. Just as an FYI it's @Spike J that created the Revos, a while back he offered the cad files. I've sent a PM asking if they can be uploaded to the Downloads section, hopefully a copy of the PM lands in his email after all these years
    3 points
  10. Pari

    3D Printed board parts

    That would be handy just to know the proper dimensions of the original Revo elastomers. I've got mine at 20mm wide and 40mm diameter, but I found them tough to compress into the housing even though I think that is what the original dimension were. I found that a width of about 19mm wide works best for these truck housings, but I have a set ready for anyone needing some for their Revos. Got a test run in today with both trucks on and I have to say I am a happy chappy. They are stable yet turn really nicely, I really enjoyed just carving up on them.
    3 points
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  12. Joel, thank you for what you are doing for the kite community. Very happy to be a part of rejuvenating this incredible sport. Alan / racekites.com
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. jhn.holgate

    Vmax and 6m Peak 2

    Might yet get another run out of these either at Sandy or Kingston, so I will hold on to them for now.
    3 points
  15. igeighty

    Happy Birthday

    I do not know how I missed this thanks Mezz, Joel and Trevor. Thanks, I had a good day. drank some scotch. looked outside, ate some food. Reminds me of an old midnight oil lyric. 'One more day of eating and sleeping' 50 years ? far out I didn't think I would make 30
    3 points
  16. I believe everyone referred to that as 'Dangerous'.
    3 points
  17. Guy Ward

    BuggyBags Appreciation

    Here's mine..the best seats available by far.
    3 points
  18. igeighty

    Tribe of Trilobites

    Gday, the larger 36, which has a body about 5.5m wide by 6.5 long has a fair amount of pull, we generally anchor it down to the car with 1200 kg spectra. It is probably a little overkill however I generally do not fly it over 15 knots. Being so large it can fly in as low as 3-5 knots with no problems and is very floaty. the little 3m guys do not have a very large lifting surface at all and can be flown on 120 pound spectra. the larger two 36 and 16 I generally launch with long line launch. Once they are in place and no children are hanging off the tails. The smaller ones can g
    3 points
  19. Chook

    A punt pays off.

    I took a punt on a bag of kites out of Sydney sight unseen from a lady I had purchased some "Blade" power kites from from many years ago. She rang me out of the blue when she found this bag when shifting house. (See it always pays to send a postcard of Esperance and a few $5.00 "Scratchies", thanking the seller for her help, when buying from her. She had done the extra yards by getting the blades into a box/packaged and into the post for me. She still had this post card on her fridge with my mobile number on it). This new parcel arrived a few weeks back and the postage and bubble w
    3 points
  20. Thanks Joel. For being tenacious enough to persevere with this project. Your passion for this is amazing. Also for your dedication to the sport and its history. If anyone can do this mate, its you.
    3 points
  21. Again Joel, thanks for all you’ve done. I have now spent a few hours reading through and it really brings the memories back. what amazes me though is how extremely the popularity dropped off. It went from most users implying they spent most of their disposable income on kiting and all their spare time thinking about flying or flying, to most accounts stopping just a couple of years later. I certainly saw a lot less people about flying over this time as well. How can so many people just stop after spending such large amounts of money. Any theories? Any first hand experience?
    2 points
  22. .Joel

    Content Curators

    Extreme Kites over the past month has had an enormous influx of content, the challenge now is to make that content discoverable through different parts of the website. To meet that challenge many hands make light work, and I would like to thank @bakersdozen, @andy666, @Mfwetu and @igeighty for stepping up to help. The first step is for us to work through the 1600+ reviews that now exist on the website and apply the relevant tags and filters so that the reviews can be easily discovered and displayed alongside relevant content. This is a manual process now that each and every individual r
    2 points
  23. igeighty

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    there is a review for the 3.6 here thanks Joel for bringing racekites back to life edit : lol, trumped by the benevolent dictator above
    2 points
  24. Most excellent work .Joel I was on the flexiforum right back when it was just a black thread based system and there right till the end of kitecrowd (one week there … next nothing but the main page... no warning or anything). Made a number of life long friends so has a very special place in my heart. Still fly but not so often these days good on you mate! (now where's my avatar? - lol)
    2 points
  25. Here's mine. Started life as a GI Flight Lite. Then velcro bindings, revos and granny wheels were added (good old MBS 3 spoke hubs). Then after some time, I had longer axles made up 100mm wider. Then a make-over with the board being patched up a little and carbon fibre vinyl wrapped, new grip tape & Trampa grab handle added. The most recent addition was MBS F5 bindings.
    2 points
  26. slide

    Kite Regrets

    i do understand why the bladeiv 6.5 would be great for buggying as its easy to fly , no luffing like earlier blades , and has a big wind range - i remember when the iv came out and all the flexi riders were flying them and going really well , mark everitt said to me the iv has lost the glide that the 3 had and the more i thought about it ,he was spot on ,i had the full set of 3's on handles ,(always flew on handles), and even the 3metre b3 had that glide , i have had many great sessions with that kite in high wind and it is so stable in big winds and a lovery kite to jump with -the only blad
    2 points
  27. .Joel

    $10,000 to Buy New Kites

    Instead of the 'what first kite to buy?" discussions this is a little different You've been kiting for a while, if you were to start over again with the knowledge and experience you have now what would you buy with a $10,000 budget? For me personally my setup would be: GT-Race Rapide++ Peter Lynn Phantom V1 6M Ozone R1 V1 6M Ozone R1 V1 9M Ozone R1 V3/V4 15M I guess an explanation GT-Race Rapide++ I love this buggy, since getting the custom length and height down tubes it's so versatile. Peter Lynn Phantom V1 6M I own the V2 and whilst it's a great
    2 points
  28. Montana 9.5 is a great kite - I'll let you fly mine if we ever get to kite on the same substrate 😀
    2 points
  29. Mfwetu

    3D Printed board parts

    Really enjoying reading about your progress With 3D printing, making the Revo elastomers won't be a problem if you have the CAD file. I've got a near new pair of Revo's in the garage that I've never got around to mounting (landboard is just another toy that I'm crap at ). I'll get a micrometer and measure them up when I get time. What format do you need for the printer?
    2 points
  30. Yes that is always my pre launch check, to see if the blocks are all rotating smoothly. I haven't had a problem with the fine sand (actually our arctic white beaches in Esperance are calcium carbonate not silica. See pic below.), but the course sand in Yeppoon Queensland does bind up the small pulley blocks on my 18m2 ELF easily. The Ozone R1's have slightly larger Ronstan 20mm blocks with dyneema loop and haven't given me any problems after freeing them up after I bought them second hand.
    2 points
  31. Fantastic news! I loved RaceKites... such a good resource. Thanks for doing this :)
    2 points
  32. Don't be ashamed. Here is my attempt at a repair. If I were you I would send the Rhino off for professional repair or try your hand with those aftermarket bladders. I've used a similar bladder company, I think it was U-Stick. You have to position and stick the new valves on yourself, but it was easy enough.
    2 points
  33. Another big move in the direction of greater good for the whole land kite community worldwide. Onya @.Joel And a big thanks to @alanshortfor allowing us to carry on his hard work.
    2 points
  34. Alan is a top bloke.... I contacted him a few years ago to ask if I could reproduce some race kite flags .not only did he give me permission.. he also sent me the pdf files for the logo... it's fantastic all the useful information well be preserved .. well done
    2 points
  35. nigel

    Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews

    Thank you Alan for the huge effort over the years. Thanks .Joel for bringing, and restoring, the kite world together. What a mammoth site this is going to be if you like power kites!! (someone might think I like emojis)
    2 points
  36. Bobby

    Ainsdale 2020

    As Sandmonster put it; "New decade, new thread".........and then there's - new website. Kicking off an Ainsdale beach thread. Hoping it'll get used as much as the old one. A few bits of maybe useful stuff; Sefton Councils regs about kiting on the beach; https://www.sefton.gov.uk/around-sefton/coast-countryside/kite-zone-permit.aspx One thing to note on that link - for the last few years the Summer map parking isn't happening it's just the Winter zone map to pay attention to throughout the year. From March till the end of September it's £8 to park on the beach (cash
    2 points
  37. Pari

    Kite Regrets

    I'd have to say my 2014 Liquid force Envy 12M. Just felt heavy, not very much power for a 12m and crap up wind ability. Got a Pivot 11M after it, much better kite.
    2 points
  38. Joel, you man are doing a great service. To see those Flexifoil Foil posts of mine from 10 years ago brings a warm glow. Makes me want to buy back my 4.7 Blade 2 and get wrecked by that mean machine again. I grew up on those forums, from static flying, to land boarding and then onto the water where I still am. The people on those forums helped me every bit of the way. I never went the social media route when the forum died, I thought the collective togetherness could never be duplicated on facebook. I so wanted the forums to rise again. Then I received your email. Man did I smile.
    2 points
  39. Heckas leckas 😁
    2 points
  40. .Joel

    BuggyBags Appreciation

    Jon (@Kitebuggybagman) for the past 15 years has made Bags, Seats and Accessories for kite buggies. It would be great to see what people have purchased from Jon over the years, feel free to share a few photos. @roblukin and I had our seats embroidered with the Extreme Kites logo and our race numbers. Jon let me know the type and thickness of the material, I went and looked at some samples here in Australia to find the 'right orange' and had it shipped to Jon to be stitched in to the seat. Small, personal customisations like that is what I loved about the experience.
    2 points
  41. Barracuda Buggy not been mentioned. It was the dogs'
    2 points
  42. .Joel

    Community Moderation

    Welcome to 2020, where Extreme Kites is run by a Benevolent Dictator and the help of the community The new rules are here: https://www.extremekites.org/terms/ Report Types: Being a Dickhead Illegal / Hateful Spam Other Community Moderation Actions If three or more members flag a post as "Illegal / Hateful" or "Spam" the post will automatically be hidden and enter the report queue. This is now community moderation in place, where if I'm not around the community has the ability to get rid of something. I'm sure at some point this will be abused,
    2 points
  43. .Joel

    Kite Regrets

    1) Rhombus Firebee, biggest spanking of my life from that kite. At the time I had 1 kite a PKD Buster 3.0M and decided I needed something larger so following the advice of a local retailer I purchased a used Firebee from him. I took it out in some gusty winds and it promptly lifted me out of the buggy, slammed and dragged me for 20m. The kite was beyond my abilities at the time. On a positive, that screw up with the Firebee led to me buying a Flexifoil Bullet 4.5M which I loved. 2) The first ever Extreme Kites banner. I couldn't afford one of the nice OzFeathers banners at the ti
    2 points
  44. andy666

    $10,000 to Buy New Kites

    @.Joel, this doesn’t have to be just hypothetical. We can all draw $10,000 from our super at the moment. 🤑 it will add up to more then $10,000, but I would get the following. f-Lynn buggy big race buggy quiver of phantom 1’s quiver of venom II’s quiver of charger 2’s quiver of flysurfer souls ozone r1v1 7m kite boards plus keep all the kites I already have 😉
    2 points
  45. Version 1.1

    0 downloads

    Original manual for the Kitedeck NXS landboard.
    2 points
  46. Hi Joel, I’m really impressed and thankful for what you are doing. I flew power kites from 2003 to about 2012 but after breaking my leg (not kite related!), starting full time work and having kids I sort of forgot about it. However about 2 weeks ago I found my old blade 3 4.9 and took it for a fly and had an absolute blast! I then had I look online to see what has changed since I’ve been away and am very disappointed! What happened? Flexifoil more or less gone, the forums disappeared and barely any second kites available.
    2 points
  47. Came across this article on the web. A few years old, but worthy of a share. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/72796965/the-kite-king-of-canterbury-still-top-of-his-game-at-69
    2 points
  48. .Joel

    A punt pays off.

    Thanks to @Chook and Anne for sending this through
    2 points
  49. windstruck

    Extreme Kites moves to .ORG

    Joel - great thanks for your leadership on this important issue. As an American I've always greatly enjoyed getting to know so many of you from around and under the world and of course sharing and learning so much. A rag tag outfit of misfits (just the way we like 'em) keeps Power Kite Forum alive as well. Hold the flag high!
    2 points
  50. I'd be first in the queue for a couple of super 10s. 😍
    2 points
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