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About Chook

  • Birthday 12/15/1959

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    Esperance Western Australia
  • Interests
    I fly radio controlled helicopters, planes and gliders.
    I have a private pilot licence.
    I kite buggy
    I design, build and race land yachts.
    I have retired from working at the local Agricultural College and now have fun at home full time. I now work from 8.00am till 12 knots.

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  1. I have no experience with them or any other 5 line kites sorry. My Chrono's are a bit more forgiving (lower aspect ratio)than the full race kites but still perform well. Just not quite as quick.
  2. Yes I mainly kite buggy by myself. I use the Ozone 4 line race bar and when you release the chicken loop the bar slides up a single power line. I fly as low to the ground as possible and then release. Best to get someone to wrap their arms around the bottom 1/3 of the kite to land you to avoid this. Dont grab a tip of a race foil as the internal reinforcing straps dont go all the way to the last few cells on each side and can tear easily. I have to be honest sometimes the lines and bridle does get really tangled in strong winds as it flaps about while I'm getting to the kite it to sand it down. I have the original Ozone R1's and they are MUCH more robust than the series 2's,3's or 4's. The material is much stronger on the originals and it's great, as they will wear on the front leading edges where the plastic profile retainers are inserted at the front of the ribs, if used on sharp salt, clay or shells. I also have an 8m R1 Version 2 and it's a much more delicate/thinner material (but much lighter) thats easily prone to ripping, or cells ripping through the air holes if it hits the ground badly. I bought it cheaply damaged and it was an increadible amount of work to repair it. Never flown an PL Aero so cant compare their performance. You wont be disapointed with depower!
  3. 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. Brilliant Pari. Thanks for sharing.
  5. I'm not much help Andy as I'm not up to speed on a Peter lynn buggy. Just this from https://www.buggykiteshop.com/wheel-spares/wheel.html
  6. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/164932328672?hash=item2666bb9ce0:g:QqIAAOSwrlJg2DuZ&frcectupt=true
  7. It's awesome and followed their experiments closely. I watched this with interest 10 years ago. Sailing landyachts I still smile when I can do 4 times the wind speed.
  8. Chook

    Sysmic S3

    Thanks for all those great photos. It looks great and I would love you to give us a follow up on how the rear axle performs.
  9. Just got my Flexifoil Stranger out for the first time in maybe a decade and wasn't sure if I set it up correctly. It flew, but a shoddy wind didn't help. 

    Thought I'd see if I could find the manual online, but really, what are the chances of finding a manual for a 20+ year old (basically pre-internet) kite. Amazed that it was here. Thank you so much!

    1. Chook

      Chook

      Glad to help out. It is an amazing kite that is much more capable than me. 

      Good winds.

      Chook from Esperance Western Australia.

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  10. Cheap PL buggy in Perth WA. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/balga/surfing/kite-buggy-peter-lynn-compxr/1260032911
  11. 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.
  12. Well I received confirmation of my accommodation at the caravan park in Kingston yesterday for next year. After a telephone conversation with them this morning they are really going over and above to work through these covid times and Western Australia's hard border policy. If I give them at least 7 days notice my deposit will be refunded in full. Less than 7 days I will be charged a $20.00 cancelation fee. How good is that. So............. Fingers crossed we will arrive in Kingston on the 16th Jan and depart on the 27th Jan 2021. I have also booked for 2022 incase next year turns to shit. Booking #: #13500 Chook Henderson Arrival Due: 14 Jan 2022 Departure Due: 27 Jan 2022 No. of Nights: 13 Acc. Category: Two Bedroom Ensuite Cabins Adults: 2 Children: 0 Infants: 0 Animals: 0 Total Tariff: $1,865.50 Deposit Due: $143.50 on 19 Sep 2020 See the team there.
  13. 11 downloads

    The original Flexifoil Stranger kite manual with kite specifications and setup guide.
  14. Chook

    vFlex

    Wow!! Very impressive build with front and rear suspension.
  15. 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 wrap ended up being half the purchase cost. I finally got round to undoing it and sorting them out today. (Well actually getting my welding bench clean enough to put ripstop on). Out come some nice bits of history in among them was. 3 x 6 foot stackers in fantastic nick. Lines, straps and Stacker lines. Their manuals were included. In the photo below I already had the 4 foot (blue sleeve) My 8 foot (pink and yellow sleeve) and 6 foot (pink sleeve) in this photo. There is also a 10 foot red "Stacker" of mine that is not pictured, but I havent got any spars for it. Everything else pictured was inside the blue and silver bag from her. It's all price marked marked in English pounds. There was a mint Flexifoil "Stranger" complete with sleeve, lines and manual. Inside an internal pocket in the bag was this little beauty that I know nothing about or seen before. Also in mint condition. All round a nice purchase from a lovely elderly lady (who wanted them to go to a good home) and I've never met. Cant wait to try them out. Some days are diamonds eh?
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