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  1. @roblukin makes the ABC News. Article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-01/encephalitis-survivor-doing-extreme-sports-kite-buggying/100951660
    9 points
  2. Hello all! Now this might go unseen as I am not sure how many people may remember my father AndyFly (Andrew, Andy) who sadly passed in 2011 from a seizure. His passion was kiting, buggying, and mostly, being apart of the BrisKites & Extremekites community. On the long weekend of Easter in 2012 my family and I travelled to Yeppoon to meet with many of the kiting community as we remembered dad for who he was, alongside an event that he loved attending (with us AndyFly "maggots" joining the fun 😂) as we scattered some of his ashes on the beach out the front of Driftwood. Our family has so many fond memories of so many different people within this community, and the joy that it their friendship brought Andrew. For the first time since 2011, my mum Linda and I have travelled to Yeppoon to spend the last few weeks remembering the adventures we use to have with dad on these kiting trips and the people that we met. We walked along the same beach today, in front of Driftwood, drawing his name once again in the sands that he once loved. I watched a kite surfer today and it reminded me of the times I use to go and kite with dad in Canberra at the Amaroo ovals at 14 years old, learning how to kite and watching dad fly through the sky in his buggy for hours. So here is a big thank you from our AndyFly family to everyone who remembers dad. To everyone who brought such strong friendships, fun, banter, love and support to dad's life. For everyone who left such kind words after he passed, and who posted such amazing pictures of dad (some of which I am only seeing for the first time ❤️) We are all doing well and hold these memories of you all close to our hearts. Hope to see you in Yeppoon sometime in the future! Jess
    7 points
  3. RedSky

    Sysmic S3

    I convinced myself that I needed this bug for when I'm travelling abroad. The bug packs down into a bag. It is of course BS. When do I ever get to go anywhere? I'm averaging about one holiday every 15 years. 😂 Truth is, I'm a sucker for shiny rims wrapped in fat juicy tyres, so I decided to get one after seeing both Haakon and Bobby O post pictures of theirs on here. Mmmmm, shiny rims 😵
    5 points
  4. Today I sold the final elements of my kite buggy equipment as advertised in the for sale section. (tear in my eye). Good luck to Tony from Brisbane who purchased it all from me. I just wanted to say a big thank you for the friendships that I formed from this website at the meetings I attended in Kingston and at Sandy Point, plus Bob here in Canberra. I learnt so much from members of EK and progressed my skills through your help. I have many fond memories of kite buggying with you all but it is time to stop due to nothing more than age! The body just cannot do it anymore as I reach 70! Good luck to you all and safe kiting. I shall remain on this website because I hope to continue playing around with my one remaining stunt kite! Thanks again for your friendship - I won't list names; you know who you are!!
    4 points
  5. Yes Vapors need a gentle touch to get the best out of them. I loved them and still have 4 of them. I really hesitated to fly my 7m Ozone R1 I bought for a start but once I gave it a go I was hooked after the first 10 minutes. Thanks @gannet your a great coach. The depower is still sensitive to fly well, but the depower made it so much safer for this old fella. Being able to let off any power in the turn instantly was a refreshing change. They still high speed stall like a vapor if your rough, but I'm sure you will enjoy a race kite. Long Beach at Kingston South East in South Australia. I also had an 8mtr Ozone Access which I tried but it was so sedate after flying the Vapors I sold it along with an Access 6. They were just no thrill and no upwind like a depower race kite. You wont be dissapointed jumping straight into a depower race kite at all. It didnt take me long to aquire a quiver of R1's. 7, 11, 13, 15 and I have an 18 ELF Joker 7. Also have a Chrono 18 and a 15 Chrono2 but love the R1's more for pure speed. Long Beach in Kingston SE, South Australia. Hope this helps, Cheers Chook
    4 points
  6. gannet

    Where am I 🤣

    Yip, these soldier craps need training, they don't run as fast as they use too. Oh well at least the sea gulls are happy
    3 points
  7. I had the opportunity to go out and fly the other day. Unfortunately the wind was extremely unstable but I did my best to make the most of it with such a little kite. I really need to start looking at bigger kites soon. Also would any one happen to have a high resolution of the Extreme kites logo? I would like to put the logo in my videos in the hopes that one day the videos may draw more people to kite bugging and to the forum.
    3 points
  8. We use transdirect.com.au for all our interstate parcels. They are a broker, so they get quotes from multiple companies and you get to choose which one suits your needs. I have also used them for bulky items (motorcycle engine, wide format printer, and such). Always had satisfactory results - good luck
    3 points
  9. Hey all, It's been a looong time since I have posted anything and its been even longer since I have been out flying. I've recently had the itch to take me gear out and go flying again. But unfortunately due to the poor weather recently it's been difficult to get out. The other day I brought myself a new action camera the insta 360 go 2. It's a small action camera about the size of your thumb and it only weighs a few grams. Today I decided to take it out for a test run and mount it onto my kite using the magnetic mount that comes with it, Due to the wind being very light today I could only do some static flying but I was impressed with how the camera performed. The stabilisation and horizon lock works really well and it produced some great footage. I can't wait to test it out on a beach run. If anyone is in the market for a new action camera I would highly recommend getting one of these.
    3 points
  10. I thought this was quite interesting.
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  13. RedSky

    Sysmic S3

    Thanks, Joel. The truth is, and this is strictly between you and me, it doesn't quite fit in the boot with the swan neck in that position. 😂 I just pretended it did. No, I'd have to push the swan all the way back for it to fit but that would have ruined the effect. That's why it's already half out of the car when I go to grab it. 🤣 Then of course you'd have to put the bolts in where it hinges. So not as smooth as I made it look but certainly the easest bug I've owned to assemble.
    2 points
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  15. Hi All, New to land boarding and after some advice on gear. After lots of reading between the cons and pros of FB Vs Depower, I think I’d like to go down the depower route long term. Do you have some recommendations on kites I should look at, and also some recommendations on control bars? I'm Tassie based, have access to both beach and inland and weigh around 100kgs. I’d like to work upto being able to jump and trick when more experienced. I will also be putting tine in on a trainer kite as well. Thanks in advance for the info. Cheers, Donkey
    2 points
  16. Hi @AndyFlyJess, Thankyou for your post it brought back some wonderful memories of your Dad. I use to fly with your Dad at Amaroo oval every weekend. In fact it was Andy who first taught me how to fly. The past 6 months I have been slowly getting back into kite bugging, when I find the time I have been heading out to Amaroo oval for a fly and even to this day I still remember the techniques that he taught me to make flying easier and safer he was a great friend a mentor. I have a lot of great memories with your father, I remember when his youngest son asked andy to wear a cape when ever he went out flying and sure enough there was andy ever weekend wearing a blue cape and flying through the air. Here are is a collection of videos of your Dad and the Canberra kiting crew back in the day. I will add some more videos to this thread later on tonight when i have some more time.
    2 points
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  18. andy666

    buggying in brisbane

    @Mr. jones I am a buggier and live in brisbane (caboolture) The bad news is, most beaches around brisbane are not great for buggy. They are either small/narrow or very busy with people. Bribie is you best option, on the southern tip. This is where @Jason, from BrisKites, set the Australian speed record a few years ago. Or the 4wd beach at Bribie, but this gets very busy with traffic. guys used to also go to the Brighton/Sandgate when the tide was out or the park at Murrarrie. if you are southside, the nearest “good” beach is Kingscliff. Or if you are really keen, airforce beach evans head. It’s a 25km long beach with very little 4wd traffic. This is where I grew up and learnt to kite. It is an amazing spot. If you are northside, you need to travel well past the Sunshine Coast to escape the crowds and 4wd traffic. honestly, when I moved to Brisbane 7yrs ago I basically gave up the buggy and learnt to kiteboard. I now only buggy at Easter, when I travel up to yeppoon to enjoy some of the best beaches in Australia for kite buggying.
    2 points
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  21. Great to see someone new getting in to the sport. It really is a fantastic hobby, that I truely wish was more popular that video reminds me so much of when I started out kiting. Struggling with the gusty inland winds on the local sports fields and I think that is the same kite I started on too. Yellow HQ Beamer ❤️ @.Joel, do you a HD ek logo file that could be used in future videos?
    2 points
  22. The missing link
    2 points
  23. Never has a video cost me so much in time and expense. I hope its not a total waste of yours.:)
    2 points
  24. Hi Tiger37, A while ago I met someone with a Racestar kite of Bornkites. That one was on my list, but I could easily outrun him with my vapor kite. So, it seems to be that this type of kite would be a step backward not forward
    2 points
  25. bakersdozen

    Sandy Point 2022

    Low tide times; Friday 28th Oct 08:37AM 1.0M Saturday 29th Oct 09:24AM 0.9M Sunday 30th Oct 10:11AM 0.9M Monday 31st Oct 10:56AM 0.8M Tuesday 1st Nov 11:41AM 0.8M
    1 point
  26. .Joel

    Sysmic S3

    The way that folded out from the back of the car was just brilliant! Here I am buying new rear light clusters for the buggy rack so I don't get a fine when driving with it on and you just pull this thing out of your boot and kick it Looks like you had some decent wind too, great video.
    1 point
  27. bakersdozen

    FREE- REVO truck parts

    To complete @Parioffer above, I also have a pair of OG Revo axles up for grabs if someone is looking to get into running a revo setup 😃 . Plummet has a post on here about fashioning suitable bushings as well, which would be the remaining piece of the puzzle.
    1 point
  28. gannet

    Yeppoon Accommodation

    Everyone use to stay at Driftwood motel
    1 point
  29. I wish you the very best Trevor. I’m glad to have met you and buggies together.. Most of Adelaide buggy pilots are in blokarts now. So not a lot of us around any more All the best mate. Hope to catch up again one day. best regards. Dougie
    1 point
  30. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    2/3
    1 point
  31. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    Happy new year!!!
    1 point
  32. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    Course special: The chase
    1 point
  33. If you're used to throwing around vapors, you should just go straight for a decent closed cell like a soul/speed/chrono imho. Spend some time on a beach or grass where you won't kill it to get used to it (not sure where you ride). They are landable by walking up the lines, or just ejecting in higher winds. But there is something to be said for the reride systems on some of the single surface and ozone kites. Kite ski with a friend that has a FS Peak 4 and was jealous of how quickly he could put that thing up and down. Way less jealous when I could easily smoke him going up wind and speed runs. So in that respect, you would probably be disappointed. Some of the higher aspect kites like FS sonics are way harder to handle, I wouldn't recommend as first DP kite, but I'm sure you'll build up to them quickly.
    1 point
  34. Pari

    SpaceX Single skin mock up

    Yes , I thought the same. So much work, all those fiddly components, and lots of skilled stitching. Hats off to any body giving it a go.
    1 point
  35. BobbyO

    bobby-o-buggy-03.jpg

    From the album: Sysmic S3

    1 point
  36. suavecarve

    Airblaster Stealth 5M

    My other kite is a 2.5 beamer and I wanted a bit of a play and try to get jumping and have a bit of pull on the buggy and soon to arrive mountain board (with safety equipment) I had a look (before i knew about this site) around ebay and some other less reputable or neutral sites and basically looked at the price of a 5 metre 4 line kite and had a view bids but wanted to keep it under a ton. I got it second hand (the bloke said it was too strong for him) and it was used twice. It came with a rucksack and 30 metre lines (boy do i prefer 25s) and i duely opened it with gusto (no stanley knife though) opened it up and initially disappointed. There was a stitching problem which meant that i had to get the sewing kit out for one of the bridle attachments. Then i noticed a small hole in the back but this is small and the universal patching equipment known as gaffa tape will do the job. All this having been said about the dangers of buying second hand off e bay i took it for a fly and this is where my opinion changed slightly for the better. Its black with a hint of black and white stealth writing. It is a good sight when flying and sort of reminds you of a pterodactyl (pselling woz never me strong poit) flying over its' prey. So there i was on my local village green in light wind and concerned that i didnt have my passport with me setting up to the amusement of locals kids and dogs when the point came to raise it up..... hey ho i didnt go bowling over and it went up. Phew.. i was expecting to be the butt of jokes in the local. The flight was much much slower in turning than the beamer and it took a while to suss out that you have to pull on the brake lines as you turn to make it faster in the turn. I never had to do that with the beamer and always wondered what the brake lines were for apart from remembering some high winds down the beach with the beamer and thinking "Where the **** are those brake lines" The pull is basically great and and you still feel in control but it pulls this 6 foot, 11 and a half stone (slim but athletic not skinny please) I have yet to go out in anything over a light breeze but am waiting for the opportunity and not apprehensive about it. Good points : cheap, easy set up, looks great when flying, good pull, nice bag, Bad points : 30 metre lines, lesser quality handles, not a well known brand, no winder. Would i buy it again ? value for money yes. My motto has always been that you either buy the best, the cheapest or the most economical. This kite fits into the last 2 categories in my humble opinion. jon By : suavecarve
    1 point
  37. PastorJase

    Ozone Control Bar

    Lights The lime light for the Ozone control bar was shone over the Flexifoil bar. A first impression with the bar was amazement and confusion. I was recommended this bar and I am glad I took up the advice. The control bar has been designed for use with the Ozone samurai as any other four-line kite. The 65cm version has been designed for kite 4m-7m. This article is primarily based upon the use with the Radsail 3m and the beamer 7m. I bought the bar from skymonster.com a very reputable company who I have dealt with several times. Upon delivery I could not wait to get it out and have a look at it. Being the first time to use a bar I was unsure how to set it up and what some of the features did. Camera What you read and see in the photos is what you get. The bar is built solid with an EVA foam grip; the bar has Line winders on each end of the bar which easily holds 25m of line (tested with Radsail line). The line winders also have a securing device which can be used to quickly adjust and keep the leader lines safely away from your hands while steering. The bar also has a main Harness loop with safety quick release. Added to this nice piece of kit is an Ozone Kite Killer. The bar also has a central pulley system to allow the brake lines to run freely during especially during aggressive steering. What is real clever is the one Handed reverse launch system. This allows the kite to recover and re-launch (with ease). It is very clever; just one pull quickly and easily flips the kite the right way up. In action The first time I connected the control bar was to the Radsail 3m. The wind was fairly high 25mph-ish so the Beamer 7m stayed in the bag. It handled beautifully. The turning was superb very fluid, breaking with the one pull system was nice the Radsail dropped out of the sky. With the reverse launch system, it handled beautifully, flipped around just like it should. The second flight was on the second day, the wind was about 15mph just right for the beamer 7m. so I attached t o the beamer. Because of the slow turning of the beamer I was a little scared and pessimistic about this flight. Ha Ha it flew amazingly. I could not believe it the beamer totally surprised me. Not once did it luff, not once did it do something that I did not what it to and not once did it fly overhead to much that it lost power. Since the turning was better than on handles I do not think I will need to adopt the cross over system. The reverse launch system again worked magnificently. Controlling the beamer to the side of the window and holding it they while I walked up wind worked so well, his was something that was difficult with handles. This bar is soild. Set up A : Power linesB : Break linesC : Pulley system to equalise the breaking systemD : Yellow handle (pull this forward to release breaking system. Pull this backwards to activate the reverse launch.)E : Red handle (pull this back to activate the breaking system.)F : Main harness loop.G : Quick release fro the main harness loop. (Pull the red tab and you are free.)H : Kite killer (a must safety system.)I :Bungee cord to hold in excess line and winding system. By : PastorJase
    1 point
  38. RaceKites

    Litewave 169

    The Lightwave 169 was my first training board for kite surfing. Researched the characteristics of the larger board for the larger rider I purchased a pristine example from Ebay. With a total length of 169cm and twin tip this was the ideal learner board for me. Took a day out to Cleethorpes and met an instructor to give me some pointers to starting, I was already familiar with rigging and launching, and took to the water with a 9mtr Flexifoil Strike and Dakine Fusion Harness. What an amazing board. With my history of Cable Wake Boarding and Speed Windsurfing the transition to kitesurf-board should have been a smooth one. Hmm. Took about 5 attempts to actually get planning on the Litewave 169, and personally I think this was down to the board. Tough as nails with razor sharp rails, all this board wanted to do was GO! I sold the board shortly after this day however, due to wanting a slightly smaller board that would be easier to travel abroad with. Bought the Naish 134 TTPRO. Compared to the Litewave the TTPRO feels like a TOP TRUMP card! Oh the TTPRO is pretty wide at 40ish centimetres, but there is no beating the 169 for overall buoyancy and early planning capabilities. I would deffo get another, if I could find one at the right price. Shouldn't have sold the last one. One of the other points that sold me the Litewave is the story of one owner who left his board leant up behind a transit van next to the beach. Not too surprisingly the van reversed, flattening the board into the sand. On rescuing the board, the only sign of damage were a few scratch marks down the rocker, no dents or perforations what so ever. By : mrmawalker
    1 point
  39. I live in San Diego and regularly kitesurf at the Silver Strand where the wind conditions average about 10 mph. I weigh 180 pounds and use a 179 cm Litewave Dave as my board. The Silver Strand is on the ocean side of the Pacific Ocean and the surf can range from 3 feet to about 7 feet. I have a Cabrinha 23.5 lei, a 15 m2 and a 19m2 slingshot lei. Of all the kites i own, I prefer the Speed 17. The speed has just as much power as the 23.5 Cabrinha and the turning speed is faster on the softest 2 steering positions. Prior to trying the Speed, I had modified my Cabrinha into a 5 line kite using the bar from my 19m2 Slingshot. My primary motivation for using the fifth line was to aid in relaunch and secondarily to assist in self landings. Launching still required help. Self launches with a big kite in light winds is fairly difficult. However, self launches with Speed 17 is easily done by launching directly down wind in the power zone. The kite takes off with only half the usual power as kite continues to fill with air. It doesn't attain full power in 10-12 mph winds until directly overhead for about 5 seconds. I place the kite downwind and put a handfull of sand on the trailing edge in about 7 places and shake out the bridle lines to insure no tangles and seaweed passengers. I untangle the line by walking toward the bars rather than walking from the bars toward the kite as I normally do with the leis. When I get to the bar I usually have to twist the bar a few times to get the lines untwisted. If necessary, I can easily slip off the center lines and reconnect if the bar has rolled so as to have the center lines wrapped around the steering lines. The key to avoiding tangles is to pack the kite with the bar near the center of the kite but two feet below the trailing edge with the red lines off to the left and the green lines to the right and the kite and the bridles laid out horizontally in front of you on top of the kite. I then fold one wingtip over the other wingtip and roll the two wingtips with the bridles safely sandwiched inside toward the center. When I get the kite fully rolled up, the dirty sandy bar and some of the pully lines are available for easy washing when I get back to my house. The kite is now about 6 feet vertical with leading edge away from you x 1 feet wide with trailing edge at feet and kitebar with small amount of lines right underfoot. I then fold the kite from the leading edge down towards the trailing edge twice, in order to fit into backpack and wrap with a strap. The bar is easily washed as it is not buried in the middle of the kite. The 23.5 m2 Cabrinha has about the same power as the Speed 17. The Cabrinha turns faster than the speed when the speed is on hard steering and slower when the speed is on the second knot from max soft steering. Also, when the Speed is tuned correctly (additional 4 inches added to the back lines), the kite will turn faster when sheeted in and slower when sheeted out. If the kite is backstalled by sheeting in too far (usually a problem when kite is used as delivered with the center lines that are 4 inches too long after third use of kite and stretching of lines and bridle has taken place) sheeting out slightly may be necessary for optimum turning speed. Since, the wind is usually about 10 mph, I have modified my Speed by adding 10 meter lines and putting the steering on max soft steering. With the extra line length, the Speed is a little less responsive to turning pressure, so the maximum soft steering feels the same on longer lines as the second knot did with the standard setup. In addition, the four 10 meter lines that I added were not exactly the same length. Two of the lines were about 4 inches shorter. The shorter lines, I attached to the center lines and the longer lines to the steering lines. This fixed a problem that I noticed has also been experienced by other Speed owners. By the third use, The sweet spot of maximum power with the kite as delivered is almost fully sheeted our with the yellow line pulled almost all the way in. The answer is to shorten the center lines (with big problems with adjusting the emergency depower lines) or easily adding 4 inches onto the back lines. I suggest adding 4 inches onto the back lines. With the additional line length, I now am the first one on the water and the last one off. The extra line length gives a larger power window. The disadvantage is that timing for jumps is more difficult since in non overpowered conditions, the kite takes longer to swing overhead from the edge of the window 30-45 degree off the horizon position. If the wind is 13+mph, the kite is higher in the window and jumping is a lot easier to time and the lift is amazing. Also, with longer lines turning is slower so the kite must be moved to the maximum soft steering position. Also, a big board is required because turning at the edge of the wind window requires slightly more bouyancy to keep on plain for a slightly longer turn. If I time the jumps correctly with the extra power off the ramps produced by the surf, I can get higher and longer jumps than anyone else on the beach. The Caution 20 is the only lei kite that delivers the same class of jumping power, but the people on these kites have about 2 years more experience than I do and weight about 20 pounds less and they still don't get the same lift. With the Speed 17, I can self land the kite without help. I direct the kite towards the edge of the wind window. When the kite is close to the sand, I grab the blue emergency depower line which pulls the trailing lines and collapses the kite with the leading edge up. I then immmediately grab the steering line closest upwind, and run upwind with pressure only on this steering line as I reel it in and get closer to the kite's leading wing. The kite may tumble a litle bit downwind and even roll as this happens. Makes sure that no spectators are downwind when self landing. If the kite tumbles, detangling the bridles can be a 30 minute project if seaweed and brambles get caught in the lines. Nonetheless, after the first two times self landing by pulling the emergency blue line connected to the steering lines, I had no fear of losing control over the kite. Another advantage; I have overflown the kite a number of times through jumping. My Cabrinha would have tumbled out of the sky and perhaps even inverted. The speed will float in the air with slack lines and with a minimum amount of direction and end up back in position within the wind window after 3-4 seconds of powerlessness. The weight of the bridles keep the kite from deforming or tumbling. This is a big advantage when jumping a half mile off shore. One disadvantage of the kite: If you are an expert who doesn't drop the kite into the surf, this kite rocks. If you drop it into the surf and it rolls around in the sand, you might as well pack it up. You have a water logged mess that weighs a ton and requires at least 30 minutes to untangle the bridle lines. All the lei users are busy laughing at you on the beach. I have done this twice in about 12 sessions. Washing the kite in the garage when you get it home and letting it dry now becomes a necessity. If you don't drop it in the water, I don't even bother to wash anything other than the bar and lines which I have conveniently available and unburied in the kite. I have relaunched this kite when dropped into the water by pulling on the back steering lines and flying it backwards off the water. This works great in non surf conditions and with 10mph plus winds. With the advantages of easier self launch, self landing, huge power in a smaller, faster turning package and the useability in otherwise marginal conditions, the Speed 17 with the modifications mentioned above, is the ultimate light wind machine. Having developed some skill with other kites that are easily relaunched, I prefer to use the Speed 17 whenever the wind speed is below 15 mph. The performance is simply not matched by anything else I've seen on my beach. By : SilverStrandMan
    1 point
  40. Rich83

    Mac Bego 600 6M

    I wanted a Bego for a while, set me off when I saw a clip of a lad doing huge floaty jumps. I managed to get one second hand and what a kite it is. The kite is made of very light material which is almost transparant and the main thing is that it has stiffners on the front vents so it can inflate really rather easily. This does mean that you can fly in about 3mph winds however you do have to manipulate it to keep it going. The bag is ... ok, just like a drawstring PE bag. Its ok, no places to put your sarnies and can be a bit of a pain to carry but, your not flying the bag. Once it is set up correctly then you have a great kite. It can take a while to get the best out of it. I have had it for a good few months now and Im still finding out what I can do with it. On the rear of the kite a few inches in there is a little eyelet where the break lines go through and this allows you to pull pretty sharp turns for such a large kite. I found it pretty stable, it doesnt luff as much as my firebee and if you see it starting to, just tap the breaks and it will sort itself out. I have just started landboarding and I found it pretty good using the Bego. It has enough power where you can just put it in the spot and lean back and go without too much trouble. Wind ranges. Now anywhere from 6mph up you start to feel the force, 9 - 11 mph your going places and 12 - 14mph you will have trouble keeping your feet on the ground and your arms will pulled out of their socketsand youll have burning biceps, unless you get a harness. It doesnt have too much stactic lift, however you have to be careful of gusts that snatch you up. Once you get it moving about though you can get some good jumps. Jumping is pretty fun. When you get up you float down nice and gently and I weigh about 15 stone. Running backwards helps and you can do some pretty good slingshots. I think its a pretty good all rounder, I havent tried it in a buggy but its good on a landboard and when you get fed up of that you can try jumping and scudding so you wont get bord plus its a good light wind kite so you can get it out most of the summer and have fun. By : Rich83
    1 point
  41. Max2611

    Flysurfer Titan 12.5M

    About my background: I started with a mosquito 6.5 from windtools, it's a drag, forget about it. Than I tried a too small naish r3 9m, but since I was afraid of surfing in 6 Bft, that kite didn't help me either. Then I bought the titan 12.5. With this kite I really got going. My weigth is about 90kg/190 lbs and I can fly and ride this kite on sea from 12 knots, on lakes I can start at 9/10 knots. I have used it till 19 knots, but that was completely powered. My evaluation: to me the titan 12.5 has the following advantages: self starting and landing the kite; great safety system; enormous depower; great stabilty as long as the wind is not too gusty; good speed; forgiving. disadvantages: upwind is sometimes difficult; sometimes I have to struggle with the toming/lines; not so quick turning as a LEI. I have a loose twintip TT165 as my board. Build quality is excellent; Flying characterics: very stable, forgiving, but a little bit of a slow turner. Jumping is great because of the floaty lift. I've used it with a mountainboard, but it best performs on water. By : Max2611
    1 point
  42. RaceKites

    Viokite VO3

    When you talk to any experienced kite flyer, asking them what kites they own, as well as quoting all the new exotic kites they have and wish to own they will no doubt list a small three meter kite that they have had for years that either comes out to play when they just want to get a good workout or for those very silly high wind days. I recently aquired a VO3 from Viokite which would easily fit into this catagory. To look at it it seams like any other 3m ish kite, not as distinctive as a Bullet or as bland as some other makes just very yellow. After spending a few days using this kite as a buggy engine I was simply amazed. Where ever possible I fly depowerable kites and always find fixed bridle kites either to tame or to agressive. Depower gives me the choice over the feel of the kite. This little VO3 was so smooth even in the very gusty wind that picked up later in the day. Its massive stability and I mean rock solid, must be down to the very heavy meash over the air intakes creating a very solid famework to the Leading edge. It inflates very fast as well after a crash due to the reinforcement inside the LE. The quality of stitching and canopy material is up to Vio's brilliant quality and seams very waterproof. This was tested to the full when later in the day the wind picked up and in came the snow. Even in a blizard the kite remained rock solid with no water logging or falling out of the sky like a wet sponge. It was great fun. This is certainly not a boarding kite, to small and no real lift, this is a buggy kite.The lack of lift is so reasuring, you can really throw this kite around without fear of it lifting you out of the buggy. The kite generates a surprising amount of pull when flown fast and low through the wind window and the best bit is that it keeps going not collapsing at the windows edge. Upwind performance for such a low AR kite is great but that probably has more to do with that rigid LE than pure up wind performance. Because I can not own a kite for more than a few days without changing something on it I had to find out if a depower system could be fitted to this one. With a Wing warp depower and Airush depower bar I set about converting the kite. Nice thing about this kite is that the bridle is suitable for a depower system with the A/B/C lines all connected to the tow point separately. After about 20 mins the kite was ready to fly. Another 10 mins setting up the brake line tensions in the field and wow, I have a fully depowerable 3m kite. I have found that whenever I fit a depower systems to smaller kites they never really seam to work that well. They tend to overfly or be very unpredictable in gusty wind, to much of a liability. This VO3 was perfect. It takes the depower system very well, down to the stability of the canopy plus, I would think it also takes a few design pointers from it bigger brother the VR3. It was great fun in the buggy and you can really feel the depower effect even in lighter winds. Not once did it overfly even back in the snow blizards we were flying in the next day. The wind was very gusty gusting up to 30 mph and at no point did I really feel the kite was to much, just pushed the bar away and it simply absorbed the gusts.Even though over these three days I had some much more exotic kites to play with this V03 was so much fun and certainly got more flying time than any of the others. I would certainly recommend this kite to anyone after a smaller kite either as a buggy engine in higher winds or just for static flying. Also check out the prices. If you are after a small depowerable kite, even with the bar and depower kit, it still comes in way under any of the competition. Another well kept secret from Viokite. By : mee
    1 point
  43. This Dakine seat is a very comfortable very easy to wear harness. It is a seat harness which makes it even more comfortable to wear and fly your kite in because it does not slide up your chest it stays nice and low round your hips. I can´t tell you the price because i have forgotten it as i got a very long time but i do know i did not pay that much for it round about 45 - 65 pounds which is not that much (i think). It is well made and is as tough as anything i have landed on rough ground and it was fine. The spreader bar is also very strongly built it has not got one scratch on it and as i said i have been dragged along all sorts of hard grounds. It takes the strain and pull from you arms loads it was such a relief flying with a harness instead of flying without a harness, plus you can fly for much longer with a harness because your arms don´t hurt as much ! So over all it is a very strong, with strong material and spreader bar. There is one proplem you can not get the mud off it when you have been dragged across on your stomach (LOL) but then can you with any harness.
    1 point
  44. banjoplucker

    Windmaster Splash

    Bought from Celtic Kites cardiff as suitable for water use.The design is innovative being self inflating thro, a central intake vent once the kite once is inflated it retains it,s profile for as long as it is required.To deflate land and anchor as a normal foil open 4 velcrow outlets on the trailing edge and pack away. The build and material quality is excellent it looks and feels a quality kite.It is sold as kite only(suits me I prefer my own choice of lines) in a super size back pack(3 kite job) Tenerife here I come! Medano Tenerife 18th.dec.04. offshore wind steady 12m.p.h. Lifted me out of the water like a rocket leaving shorts behind,ditched kite retrieved shorts(and modesty) and relaunched kite off water then proceeded to do some serious body dragging(next time a shorty or a nudist beach) if you want arest just drop it on the water!The handles restricted me to the shallows I,ll try a bar next time but what a fun machine and it works. Pentyrch S.Wales 24th.Dec.04. Set up a 3.0L.D and Vampir3.0(both lovely kites) the splash outpulled both and as the wind picked up was easier to land due to it,s profile to ground zero. Reverse launch was easy the kite was positive in the air and done all I wanted it to do,it has amore solid feel than the others. Aberavon S.Wales 4th Jan 05. It made my P.L. buggy go like a bat out of hell i have never thrown a kite into neutral so much or scrubbed off speed so much.That solid feel is very noticeable on 3 wheels I,m getting to like this kite! The kite requires getting used to it delivers more power than a standard foil in it,s class it looks distinctive in the air (closed flying edge) and nice graphics.I find conditions permitting I fly this one as often as possible,Due to it,s strong pull not a begginers kite. once you get the hang of it WOW!! Can,t wait for my next trip to Tenerife. Can,t wait to try a bigger size! It,s cool kite, regards banjoplucker alias silver surfer. By : banjoplucker
    1 point
  45. mickjones1600949551

    Advance Offroad

    okay so these kites have been around a while, but it doesnt seem there is a lot of info about them, excepting the two great reviews already posted on here. advance kites are a swiss company, i'm not certain but i think they have a bigger following on the continent than they do here - which i feel is a real shame the advance offroad is essentially a depowerable kite, which can be flown in handles or a bar, mine is on a bar build quality of this kite is very satisfying, cool design and colours, with a decent bar with groovy neoprene line savers to keep your lines on the bar once you have packed up. the depower system is simple yet effective and easy to use, the quick release from the harness is seemingly faultless in the tests i made, and easily re-assembled the kite itself flies very smoothly through the air, and is very easy to position at various point around the wind window. it is rock solid at the zenith, and flies well to either side of the window and sits there without crumpling. to say i was impressed was an understatement - this kite far outshines anything else i have flown in its size range in terms of stability and smoothness - including bullets and blades the depower system on this kite is truly a feature to behold. i have read articles stating that the depower is not that effective, well i can tell you that is wrong. basically the depower works just the same as an LEI, and the kite responds in a similar way. with no power the kite flies lightly, slowly and with less pull. pull the bar in, the turn rate picks up, the power increases and the kite speeds up. let the depower strap out and hook into the harness loop and you have a kite that is significantly more powerfull and with a turn rate that would rival any kite on handles the bridle is set up like a cross over system, so one flap of the kite is sheeted in each time you turn. when powered up, the kite turns very quick, (just like an LEI) but unlike foils on handles, doesnt crumple or stall, it keeps on flying. the bridle has the advantage if pulling the leading edge and the trailing edge in at the same time, giving you a big power boost although i have yet to test the advance offroad in a variety of wind speeds, i am confident that the depower will handle many conditions, meaning that in the Advance Offroad you have a kite that would do the job of two or more fixed bridal kites it is such an engaging and interesting kite to fly, with all the different power options to play with. my friend and I regularly use LEI's, and were very stoked with the way this little kite behaves, it is one hell of a machine. it inspired confidence - even fully powered up it sits at the zenith, rock solid - how many LEIs will do that in light winds? as for beginners, under supervision the kite would be very rewarding to fly, it is light on the bar, forgiving to errors and with the depower you can introduce more speed and grunt as they progress. earlier that day, i flew a 3.5m bullet. it wouldnt sit at the zenith, was unresponsive at the edges of the window, and you couldnt walk downwind without it collapsing. by contrast, the Offroad flew far more positively and transformed what could of been a dull frustrating day into a truly good session the kites are more expensive than others on the market, but in terms of performance i feel that a cheaper, less performing kite would be a bigger waste of money. the advance offroad is i think a masterstroke, and once you get to know it, is very very hard to put down. By : mickjones
    1 point
  46. The "ME" section: I have a 17.7m and 12.8m Kobras. My board was a Liquid Force MLF 120cm (just sold it to get a Pike SpeedFire). I weigh 75Kg or 165pounds. As for my skills, I can land simple backrolls, backloops, jump not very high, hold an overpowered wing, catch 1-2m waves, nail off-the-lips and ride switch and fakie. As you see, I'm just an experienced beginner. I intend to nail the forward-loops and rolls, manage to really surf a wave and make cutbacks one after the other and fly really high and long. My last board was an Airflow 162cm and a 14m Toro. I've tried some slingshot, naish, windwing, gaastra and north boards and kites, and x-shooter boards. The Advance's Kobra 17.7m Kite section When I bought this kite 5 months ago, I had people telling me that it was too big for the wind in Lisboa,Portugal. Usually people here get a 14m if that's their only kite. Guess what, my 12.8 was only used 3 or 4 times in 3 months. The 17.7 is MY kite, I'm on the water with 10-11knots (and the 120cm MLF) going upwind. When the wind picks some more and the 14m are getting powered, I'm still riding. When the first 12m start going upwind I'm getting on my max (16-17knots not "scientifically" confirmed). So this is only a review of the 17.7m, the 12.8 has not been on the water enough time. What I love the most in this wing is the feeling it gives me piloting it, it just feels right, feels good and I know where it is all the time. The kobra riders know what I'm talking about, the others will have to try it to understand it. Another interesting fact is it's stability, remember this is a 17.7m kite with a high AR, the 17.7 has a 6.4 AR, for comparisson, a Rhino 04 has 6.2 AR for kites 14m to 20m. Many times when you screw up, the kite will start falling back, will open wide, glide back and when it catches some wind it will fly again, saving the rider from a water relaunch. Over here in Lisboa there's even one instructor that uses the kobra to teach the students after they get in the water, how's that for a high AR kite? When you really screw up and the kite goes to the water it's dead easy to relaunch it, this is due to the relaunch stiff tip, an extra batten in the tip to help the relaunch by allowing the action of the brake lines to be spread over a greater portion of the wind. In the few time I've really screw up, I could launch it quickly and without any hassle. When the kite is in the inverted C position and if it start to hover get ready to pull hard one steering line, it will launch very quickly and start to fly allready powered, this makes a blazing fast relaunch The wing has enough power for me, what I mean with this is that I haven't yet fully explored its potential. I'm not very good at flying high, mostly because sometimes I still lose my balance and land in some akward positions, gradually I've been able to push it a little more and jump higher, and the landings are allways soft, the "trick" is to use the repower at the apex of the jump to glide. The wing develops lots of power in slow speeds, I just need to sheet in and feel the force, but in faster speeds the power, as expected, is more powerfull, like I said, I haven't had the courage to really speed up and go big. When that happens I'll post and update The build quality is simply excellent, it's on par with (some of) the other 04 high quality kites (you know who they are): trailling edge wear protectors, one handle for the pump leash, one handle in each wingtip to self rescue, defined valve pressure for each struct, double wall bladders at the end of each struct, 2 line attachments for the Panacea 5th line in the leading edge, 2 line attachments in the trailing edge, etc. , go to the site for more info. One point I've came to love is the two valves in each struct, except in the last one in each wing tip. One valve (Inflate) has a return stopper, wich prevents the air from escaping the bladder (no more pinching skills required). The other valve (Deflate) is free flow and it makes deflating the kite a quick and efficient affair, even more in the winter, when my hands are almost frozen. The last struct in each wingtip has only an anti-return type valve. The leading edge has 2 free flow valves (get a friend to help you pump it faster thanks guys ). This wing is not fisical, it feels really soft on my arms, long 5 hours sessions are not a problem, even when I'm riding with almost no depower left it is still light on the arms. What makes it a little less easy to turn is the fact that the depower line has a wear protecter clear rubber tube around it and the rubber can make it harder to turn and sheet in at the same time, but after 5 months it's still as new I just had to get used to it, now it's not a problem. The only point that Advance could and should improve is the safety. My depower loop has lost the safety pin in the middle of a session, the pin straps "lost" the sewing and away it went to the bottom of the sea, fortunately I regulated the depower to the minimum and engaged in the big loop. I'm still waiting for Advance to launch their revised version of the original depower system, it was leash-free, with the release after the bar, it was excellent except for the durability of the lines. Now I ride with a kite leash. The Kobra really rewards you after you get to know it, it loves to fly just a little sheeted in, you can find this point by fully sheeting out, getting a little speed and then sheeting in until you see the angle of atack increasing, there's a sweet point that will allow you to rocket upwind and still be powered. Once you get it you will know it The kobra is a really accessible wing that rewards you once you get the skills to find the limits. I'm completely delighted with my Kobra 17.7m By : Djizasse
    1 point
  47. RaceKites

    GAASTRA GXR 14M

    The 2004 version GXR is Gaastra's high performance kite. It's had a technical make-over regarding materials and panel lay out to give it more dynamic and improve build quality. The range runs from 6 to 19.5 m2, we chose the 14 to test. Finish The kite has 5 inflatable battens with the Gaastra 'Fluid Drive' system of leading edge tube curling round to form the tip battens. Still at the tips, there are two front line attachment toggles and two for the rears, the 'Flight Connectors'. The attachments have either a loop or a knot head so as to avoid accidentally reversing your lines when setting up. Control bar and safety system The rear lines can be adjusted by means of a tightening strap at about the same level as your control bar when sailing, as well as the one for the fronts. It's got flotation foam and colour coded tips. No big harness loop. The small loop has an efficient locking strap system. The de-power adjustment is a strap with a loop that you pull to one side or the other to power up or down. The chicken loop is doubled, they pass through two separate holes on the bar meaning that you don't twist the kite leash round the lines when you spin the bar. Design remit The materials used and construction techniques have been heavily re-worked to maximise efficiency and minimise distortion in flight. The seams and reinforcements make the kite much tougher and avoid wearing at the critical points. The detailing of the bar, kite and adjustments have been designed to give maximum safety with performance. Actioning the safety system You pull the which you'll find strap near your harness loop and the kite becomes harmless, the control bar slides up one flying line. Re-launch Like all 14s of this aspect ratio you'll need to swim hard but no problems about re-launching. Power The GXR powers up quickly without ever becoming heavy on the arms. Good but steady depth of power, not too much pull, smooth but efficient. Stability Very stable when riding under 'normal' power, as steady when jumping as when 'parked'. In lighter winds you mustn't pull your bar in too much to avoid it opening and falling forwards. Flying - General handling Good air speed, no jet plane but then it is a 14 ! Soft handling and comfortable to fly, good response. Needs air in lighter winds so don't pull your bar in too far. Too de-powered means, like a lot of kites, it's difficult to turn, you have to power up again and pivot the kite. Lift Very good. Surprisingly good even in lighter winds. Keeps you up nice and long for all your fave tricks. Not necessarily very high but enough for any known move. And its stability at the zenith accentuates that. The time it take for it to fully power up again once you're up is plenty for some great multiples. Range If you do as we've suggested it will get you going quickly enough and take you quite high if you've got a good board that edges hard. Conclusion Very gentle and comfortable to fly, very good. Needs attention when flying in lighter winds but that's just a question of habit, like all this type of kite. Very good performance for good riders but very accessible for the not so good. Its sustained performance in the air gives plenty of time for multiple tricks, all the while safe. Pluses Lift, power without pull, de-power system and range Extras Adjustable carry bag with external pocket, pump, leash, repair kit and instruction manual, 50cm 'Defender Bar' control bar, 27 metre flying lines with 1 metre leader lines. Recommendation You need time to get used to the safety system, also to get used to 'letting the kite go' in lighter winds Recommended skill level Experienced, Intermediates and experts How does it fit the design remit The detailing, finish and build are very good, a well conceived and executed product. The testers' verdicts in a sentence Yvan, 36 years old, 80kg : "Good power, gets you up early. Doesn't suit my style, I'm not used to letting go in light winds, you've got to keep your arms stretched to avoid pulling it in too far, different." Caro, 34, 62kg : "Powerful in the sense that it gets you going early but without any pull in your arms. Well powered up, even over- powered you can feel it but it's not busting your arms, you feel it more in your legs trying to edge hard. It's got powerful lift, not so much in height but in time in the air which means you can throw in lots of tricks without being over-powered. Needs a gentle touch in lighter winds. Good responsiveness without being too fast. Takes its time to pivot leaving you plenty of time for tricks under the bar before it accelerates back into the window. Very reassuring. Too much de-power stops it turning well, there's a clear limit and you need to power up again." Marc, 28, 75kg : "I didn't like the control bar which hurt my hands and the de-power was too long for my arms. Also, I don't have great confidence in pin type quick releases. As for the kite, good job. Good lift even in light winds, big hang time. I didn't find it that got for upwind. Good manoeuvrability and constant power. You need to let it fly itself more when under-powered, don't pull the bar in to try and get more kite speed." Daniel, 44, 72kg : "Powerful without having too much pull. Responsive and stable. The control bar seemed short but in fact the kite reacts fast enough. The rear line adjustment system is good with those straps on each side. I found it a bit dangerous having to push the strap to release the kite rather than pulling it, didn't feel too natural to me." Wind strength : 10 - 25 knots, gusty By : Team Flysurf
    1 point
  48. RaceKites

    WindTech Trainer

    Windtech Trainer is a very attractive and user friendly kite. Its one of the safest foils for water use as it is a sealed foil rather than having the usual vents associated with foils. It holds its shape and stays inflated once hitting water. Relaunch is very simple, just pull on the centre line, wait for kite to rise and turn, let go and hold on. In my opinion it relaunches much quicker than leading edge inflatables. Power is smooth and very much the same through the whole window. Inflating the kite can be tricky at first, but once you got it it only takes 3 minutes. The kite works on a 3 line principle with the brake line being the 3rd line to the centre of the bar. This line is also connected to a hand leash. Should you be in trouble, simply let go the bar and the kite will always come down in the centre of the window and sit down. I find this a very safe option. I have used the kite in as little as 3 knots on the beach with my landboard. If you wanna use it on water its good but be careful of being caught outside in big winds. There is no depower. The kite sits very nicely in the sky and doesnt overfly or luff in the gusts. I use it both on water and land and allround its a very good kite for the money. Kite comes in a very nice backpack with a stuffbag inside so the kite does not get caught in zip. Also include is instructional video and repair kit. The only downside to this kite is the small wind range on water but on the other side its one on the best dual purpose kites ive ever flown. By : Dieter
    1 point
  49. RaceKites

    JoJo RM 3M

    I recently purchased a JoJo RM 3 for buggying. I have flown it in various wind conditions in Central Texas including some very gusty 25mph + winds. It is almost as agile as my Revolution 1 and outperforms other traction kites that I have flown. It is a handful when the winds are up because it is so fast and manouverable. It generates great traction and powers up awefully fast, but it also can be powered down very quickly. It has great upwind performance and I do not think that it is any more likely to bowtie or collapse than any other high performance kite. It likes to move and won't generate traction if it isn't, just the way I like it. I would highly reccommend this kite for any avid buggier who is up to the challenge. By : Steve Edley
    1 point
  50. Steve Porter

    Elliot Outback

    Initial Impressions : When this kite arrived I thought 'Whoa this looks big!' as the bag was nearly my height 186cm. Nothing however could have prepared me for the full 285cm wingspan of this monster. Now don't get me wrong I have a 4.5 Little Devil and have flown bigger kites just not Deltas this big. I then did a quick check to make sure all spreaders and bridles were intact and instructions included. The latter were printed in German but a quick email to the company solved that problem. Setup : The kite is quick and easy to setup once you get used to the new standoff technique. The standoffs on a delta are the little rods that push the sail of the kite away from the cross spars. In other deltas that I have flown these are usually stitched onto the trailing edge of the sail and are popped into a retainer on the cross spar. On the Outback the standoffs are thin fibreglass rods which are inserted up special seams in the kite sail and are then popped into retainers on the cross spar. This serves to give the kite extra stability and hold the sail in place. I attached a pair of 150kilo lines and some straps and ... Flight : The location was Murlough strand Newcastle Co. Down N. Ireland with a SE wind of around 18mph. I stood back and tipped the kite into the wind and was dragged up the beach nearly on my face! Now I weigh 15stone so that is no easy feat for a delta. I realised then why the Outback is called a power delta. Once I had the kite under control it sailed to the top of the window and sat there until I directed elsewhere. I then proceeded to try a few figure of eights and the kite coped well. It also managed a few spins and even recovered from a backward tumble when I ran towards it to make the lines slack. I tried a few tip stands at the edge of the window and only once or twice did the kite show any signs of instability (this I would put down to the fact that the wind was not that clean). Landing was very easy and stable at the edge of the window although I imagine trying this in really high winds on your own would be a nightmare. I couldn't resist the temptation so I turfed my mate out of the Vmax and sat down expecting to be laughed at! Turned the kite into the wind and off I went down the beach. Now this was a new one on my mates (I have since discovered that buggying with a delta is quite common!). I found the Outback to be a very forgiving kite whilst in the buggy and had no problem racing up and down the beach and actually managing swift turns without getting the kite in the wrong part of the window. The Outback is not specifically designed as a stunt kite so you won't be pulling off Lazy Susans or Flick Flacks easily but it certainly entertained me for a few hours until my arms became too tired. Verdict : A brilliant kite. The Outback is built to incredibly high standards and I would recommend it to any kite enthusiast looking for a challenge and something just a little different. By : Steve Porter
    1 point
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