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RedSky

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  1. My advice, don't mention the flaw . 🤣🤐 ...sorry I don't know.
  2. Hey, thanks Jason!
  3. Yes! I never made the connection until you mentioned it. Haha.
  4. The first kitesurfing kites. I still have a (flown once) Wipka WIP! That kite scares me.
  5. Genetrix Shame that it's now out of business. I own both the 7m and 8m Genetrix Hydra and also a 9m that was stolen out the back of my trailer. The bar pressure is too high for most it seems but it is a beautifully stable kite. Built for extreme high wind, it was almost completely flat in flight thanks to its unique bridle support system that connects straight to the struts! It has an insane depower range and was perhaps the only tube kite that could safely be hot launched. It was the first kite to break both the 50 and 55 knot kiteboarding speed record at Luderitz and I was fortunate enough to take the UK buggy speed record back in 2019 using the 7m.
  6. Welcome to the forum both Chris and Steve. Years go by without a single member from my neck of the woods and then suddenly two guys come along at the same time. xD If you guys find yourselves heading for either Purley or Camber at some stage, then post up, If I'm not working I'll try and meet you there. Hey Chris, that's a sweet ride man. We'll have to meet up after lockdown and get you performing some burnouts. Cambersands is best. The clean wind down there will supercharge your progress. Inland is fine but it will frustrate no end, especially in the early days. You have a big advantage having already flown power kites and imo that's more than half the battle. You'll be laying down rooster tails in no time. Until then just jump in the bug and go. You'll soon figure it out. See ya Tom
  7. RedSky

    Sysmic S3

    Great looking bug! Look forward to a review, some pictures and maybe video when you finally get going.
  8. This is how it starts. Enjoy the journey!
  9. I know, the title sucks. This is a short video. Just me out riding while testing my new storm kite, a secondhand eBay special, a barely used 5m Cabrinha SwitchBlade. I have been wanting one for years but they've always been too expensive new and I have never known them to come up for sale second-hand in this size, until now. To be honest, this video is not worth watching expect maybe for the squall at the beginning which i found interesting. No speed run this time as the wind died down after the squall to about 24 -27 knots with a cross-cross-on direction which meant I was buggying almost directly downwind at times with the kite underpowered and stalling. Top speed of the day 53 mph, footage not included because wet sand obscured lens. 😏 This new kite is to replace my 7m Hydra that i used to achieve a PB in August last year. ( wind 45 knots gusting 57 knots ). So this 5m has a lot of potential. It is more efficient through the air to allow for an improved top speed by delaying the onset of being pulled downwind towards the end of the run, not to mention much safer in those high winds, but there is one small catch, it's probably all bullshit. It will not have the acceleration of a 7m and will therefore require more space on the beach which I do not have. I'm loving this new kite. She reminds me of her older brother, the Cabrinha Crossbow. That kite gave me my previous PB 9 years ago. The SwitchBlade like the xbow gives a lot of confidence for its tame nature and the bar pressure is much reduced when compared to the Genetrix Hydra which should help save my arms on multiple runs. Now for this national lockdown here to end and the winter storms to begin.
  10. Love that scenery! You're doing really well especially when you consider the less than ideal surface. Just one word of advice for future reference, please ensure that you capture all OBE's on video for our entertainment. This is a must. Keep them coming. 😃
  11. Yeah I was watching it last night, a couple of times in fact. I was thinking you should be dragging a lawn mower behind you. You did better than my first attempt! I could only travel in one direction and then walk back. I was also curious to find your location on Google maps and realised that I past through the Geelong area when I was travelling around Australia back in 2009. It's not everyday we get to hear that someone has decided to start buggying, so I hope you keep with it and keep posting up your progress with more videos.
  12. RedSky

    The Chase

    Thanks John! Yeah i think these cameras are great. The stabilisation on the new gopros are really impressive now. Checkout my video from last year called Super Tracks where i really go all out on the 360.
  13. RedSky

    The Chase

    Thanks! Yes, the dreamy vibe.That's the vibe I was getting too whilst editing so I just went with it. Before I start editing videos I first choose the music and then edit the footage around it, letting the video go its own way. There is never a plan. 😄 It's just the way it turns out. I used a gopro fusion, so two lenses, one either side of the camera. You may have noticed that one of the lenses is a bit cloudy in the video which probably contributed to the dream like feel. So the lenses are very easily damaged. Over the summer I bought the GoPro Max which comes with lens protectors. I haven't used it yet but hoping to soon. That is great to hear. You flatter me. Would be great to see videos of your first attempt. I wish I had the foresight to video mine.
  14. RedSky

    The Chase

    Thanks Joel ! Haha, the speedometer is a GPS unit running off a 12v battery. It works great. I also stuck a funnel over the speedo as I thought it would provide some shade making it more readable in strong sunlight but the opposite was true, so I have since removed it. Here's a video of my first outing with it if you're interested.
  15. RedSky

    The Chase

    Thanks Angus! Yeah, I've been wanting to use that piece of music for a long time but I wasn't sure if anyone would appreciate it, especially coming from 1978. Glad that you and Randy liked it. Maybe I do have taste in music after-all ! xD
  16. RedSky

    The Chase

    Video silliness from my last outing back in July. Hope you enjoy
  17. 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.
  18. Wow, that graph really tapered off to nothing. It feels accurate with my own experiences and of buggy friends who drifted away. Social media fragmented the forums but I did not follow them onto those platforms so I stayed and watched it get quieter and quieter. I'm optimistic, however, that the sport will one day make a return, because no matter how sophisticated people become in their lives, there's nothing like harnessing the power of the wind for a free ride. Just as there'll always be sailing, so too will the possibility of kite traction. It has a future, it will be rediscovered and they will see how we did things way back when and learn from our deep knowledge of the sport. They will be grateful to you Joel for having the foresight to save this resource during the sports infancy. We should consider ourselves therefore, the founding fathers of the sport. We were there at the beginning, we led the way, we contributed our experiences for future prosperity and we should continue to do so while we still can. I suspect that in 100 years time that graph will take on the appearance of a continuously repeating sine wave, which of course would be perfectly apt.
  19. (P) Peter Lynn Race ( rear suspension ) (U) VTT series of bugs by Van (U) Trikbitz Dust Devil (NFI) Ivanpah Race Buggy (U) PTW Superbug
  20. I'd be first in the queue for a couple of super 10s. 😍
  21. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.... I hope you succeed. There were some great kite and buggy reviews on Racekites I remember, in particular the Libre SuperTruck that convinced me to buy one. Shame we lost the Arc calculator recently. These archives need saving.
  22. Go big or go back to bed.
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