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Everything posted by SoutherlyBuster

  1. Hi @Pari, the FS Pulse is a very old kite, not that the design is necessarily up to scratch but aging of the kite may prove to end up as a disappointment for you. My FS Speed III 12m^2 was my first FS kite and my second foil kite, must be about 10 years ago (would have to dig up the records for sure) and is not the kite it used to be. The internal lining will fade and cause porosity which as we all know degrades performance. No response from seller, hm, oops just spotted that date on that. Either way for others reading this be warned against purchasing old kites.
  2. Onshore winds, clean surf and summer time, what more could you ask for? Kitesurfing session from a couple of weeks ago at New Brighton Beach, South Island, New Zealand. My kite was a FlySurfer Psycho IV 10 m^2, riding strapless on a Byrne surfboard. Filmed with a GoPro Hero2. Music, “Wind Swirl”, composed, performed and produced by Norman Freund, also on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/norman-freund/wind-swirl Video: https://youtu.be/KydZurZumeM
  3. Love how Dan Dubuque sits out in the wilds of Montana an jams away:
  4. I only fly foil kites and mostly ride in the surf. I prefer fast and quick turning kites. The type of board you ride is important too, it is all about quick turning and once on the wave to be able to ride it like a surfboard. Nothing beats racing down the wave for a quick bottom hand turn back up to the lip and back down again. For this you need both a board and kite the turns quick. So what works the least for me, wait for it, the wooden spoon goes to the Peter Lynn FARC18m^2. It is a fun kite on the land for a change, for straightline speed, but if you like getting smashed by waves whil
  5. So for those with an open mind and a sense of humour, I found this piece of acoustic music of a Jaw Harp, it’s translated into English so a bit weird in places but that makes it all the funnier.
  6. Some home grown material, acoustic Shakuhachi improvising along with electric violin and keyboards: By the way, the Shakuhachi, I built my self from some PVC pipe I bought for $8 at Mitre 10 here in New Zealand . Blame @Chook, he egged me on to make the video . If you are interested in making one your self, I have a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet where you can dial in the pipe ID, pipe wall thickness and desired tuning -- there are some calibrations necessary, like drilling the holes undersize (latter gradually bore out to bring into tune), making the pipe a tad longer (gradually
  7. Ha ha. I tried a motorised landboard years ago when at one of the Speed Weeks, it just felt all wrong to me, the pull coming from the board rather than from a kite up top. I guess that is just me. Still nice to see people are still mucking around with the cross bow. Have not had mine out for a long time, the Dirt Surfer gets most use these days, hmm who sold me that ... thanks @bakersdozen .
  8. Someone mention my name .... sniff sniff .... . Hi Pari, Sorry you lost your job, quite a lot of us got shafted recently. Unstable times. Joel is right, stress analysis is my professional speciality. There are methods and software tools to predict and design for stress, there are however some perhaps uncomfortable truths. So you have the geometry and material — good start. To predict the stress response (will it break), you need to know: 1) material stiffness, if it is composite, stiffness in various directions and the interaction of them. 2) material strength 3
  9. Hi Renato, Southerly Buster here. Joel is right I have built nasa kites from 0.75m^2 up to 9 m^2. Must say they are one of the most challenging kites to fly. It is usually the trailing edge that begins to flutter if nit enough backline tension applied, too much and she flies backwards. They are just for giggles kite or for pure down winders. They have very poor upwind er um no up wind performance. If the nose is collapsing I would say too much tension on the bridle, not the front lines but the bridle. Did you sew in those little straps on the nose underside to the top of the nose? That plan yo
  10. Good move Joel. So this .org will run in parallel with the FaceBook Group I assume. I like the revamped look, putting pictures of members on the various forum section headers.
  11. I was lucky enough to be working for an essential service when the COVID19 lockdown commenced here in New Zealand, so are still working and earning money. Have not been kiting or flying my RC gliders for a few months now, have been putting my efforts elsewhere, now concentrating on my music productions. Funny 7 years ago when I started making videos of kitesurfing etc., looking for music to go with it, vids got silenced for using copyrighted material (oops, then switched to a paid service) and thought, why don’t I write my own music — not so easy. But I have been steadily working on music com
  12. @andy666, things over in my neck of the woods are fine, road traffic greatly reduced as no one is supposed to be out driving unless directly to/from work for essential workers or to get essential supplies. A lot more people out walking the suburbs to try and break up the monotony of staying at home. The intension of the lock down is, when it commenced who ever was in your house that is your cell, no wandering off to other people's places, all people outside of your cell keep at least 2 metres away. Working at a Pet Food factory, I am an essential worker, so business pretty much as usual for me
  13. As I gaze over my crystal bass, I see the 730 report, a quaint timber shack on a quiet beach side on the East Coast of Australia, a flickering of a small kite out side, the camera pans into the door. It's like the Tardis, a museum of Peter Lynn kites. A sewing machine in one corner and the odd collection of boards and buggies in the other. Andy then appears and explains how the collection came to be. Nice Video Andy. From FlySurfers to PL Arcs, a strange fanscination with the odd ball kites. I still have my FARC16m and fly it on occasion, though sadly at the moment they are all tucked awa
  14. Simple, the leading edge is facing down hill and that is where the apparent wind is coming from. Wings do not fly well backwards. Gravity pulls you down hill, that is what generates the apparent wind.
  15. Board and rider in action on an inland lake, lake Coleridge, South Island, New Zealand. Was a good day out, very light winds about 5 to 6 knots, powered with my FlySurfer Lotus 18m^2. Was amazed how smooth the ride was compared to hydrofoiling in the ocean.
  16. My SpeedWeek 2009 and 2010 are still going strong, a bit faded though. They were the orange ones. Ya so 11 years usage and still holding up, must be the colour .
  17. Any one notice he twisted the bar around to reverse of what we usually use on land when he was flying down the hill, i.e. kite facing away from him? Good find Joel.
  18. Adding the shims made the ride go horrible, so took them off. They probably also added some nasty flow separation. @Kamikuza, your comment of don’t try and lean forward rather move your COG forward, makes no sense. Perhaps we are saying the same thing, when I say lean forward, I mean shifting my body forward which then shifts the COG forward. Yes I know simply pushing down on the front foot does nothing to balance the board out because the COG has not changed. At the moment the biggest helper for me was to reduce the kite size now that my skill level is better, that way I can depower
  19. The first video of the one wheeled skate board, wonder how many face plants happen when the leading edge of the board digs into the pavement. Ouch.
  20. Nice @Pari. How does it compare to the Speed III and Lotus IV? How many knots of wind were you riding in, surfboard, twin tip or foil board?
  21. @Randy, nice of the car users to not use the car park, err um your personal kiting play ground . Nice spot by the lake.
  22. Adding the tape to the trailing edge of my stabilizer wing initially stopped the whistling and vibrations, but gradually started coming loose, which attracted grit and gave overall a rough surface finish. The result was that the hydrofoil slowed down and became prone to stalling. The stalling was evident by riding along nicely, as speed increased I needed to put my weight further forward, putting high loads on the stabilizer wing, then a sudden pitch forward without the wings exiting the water. So it was time to remove the tape and fix it permanently by filing in a sharper trailing edge. In th
  23. Thanks Mark. Will be on holidays in a couples of days, so more time for compositions, plus will be able to use my new audio to USB device for better recording sound quality. @bakersdozen, how is it going on your front with music?
  24. Haven’t posted in while been busy more with music compositions, but still kiting and slope soaring my gliders with my son Zachary here in Christchurch. The Distraction by Norman Freund https://youtu.be/0exNctKqQkc Special thanks to my son Zachary for helping out with the time lapse pre-processing and advice during the music production. No I have not switched to LEI’s ha ha, some one else kiting in the beach scene. Hey @bakersdozen, thanks for putting me on to the Reaper DAW (Digital Workstation). Takes a bit to get used to it to feel free enough to be creative with it. I trie
  25. Hmm so I wonder what happens when the wind picks up, I can just imagine the foot pedals churning around wildly ready to mash your feet up. Perhaps they have a coaster mechanism like in push bikes.
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