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    roblukin got a reaction from Grants for a blog entry, We Fixed My Kite   
    @.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up.

    Fingers crossed, Ill come back to this post when iv'e had a chance to fly it and let you know what happened.

    Had the kite up yesterday in 15-20 knots, just to test it out.
    Good news is that the repair worked great, it was rock solid! 

     
    The bad news was that I had the lines caught around the bar and punched the kite into the ground again, it blew out on the other side
    Conclusion:  - its getting too fragile and is no longer Rob proof. Time to retire the kite,  its fu%^&*d...
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    roblukin got a reaction from Grants for a blog entry, New Buggies   
    Our new GT Race buggies arrived The next week our, it feelt like xmas, Gotta love new toys! 4 of us imported them from the Netherlands, Joel, Nigel, Doug and myself. The other guys all got GT Rapide's while i got the slightly smaller GT Radical. We all got together for a bit of a BBQ and an assembly day.
    My buggy

    The other guys all have this buggy

    Heres a time lapse video of us assembling my buggy, you will want to flick through it cause it drags on a bit
     
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    roblukin reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, MK1 Nearly Complete   
    So I've had a small win overnight, bidding on a Flexifoil Blade MK1 3.3M in the colours I like for this series.  Here's some shots below of the kite from the auction, it'll be on its way to @koma's place shortly and added to the stash  
    If anyone knows what colour options the 2.6M came in let me know, it's the last one missing in the series and so far I can only find that there was an aqua/black colour scheme  




     
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    roblukin got a reaction from ssayre for a blog entry, Thirteenth Beach   
    We had another great day kiting at Thirteenth Beach last week, Doug(@igeighty), John(@jhn.holgate), Shane(@OBEwan), Michael(@Mik333), Richard(@the_hatman) and myself. I'd shifted the tow point of my hotwire further back and it made such a difference, the buggy felt really good this time. 
    Towards the end of the day I'd been finding it difficult to see much of anything, and at one point I nearly ran over the hatmans upturned buggy laying in the middle of the beach and the hatman nowhere in sight, I think he'd been ripped out of his buggy and gone scurrying up the hill to rescue his kites before they ended up on the road. I saw him walking back to our launch area towing a buggy in one hand and a mess of broken kites and tangled lines tucked under the other arm.
    I'd never been to thirteenth beach before, from what I'd heard i was expecting it to be harder to access the beach, but many hands make light work. Thanks to all you guys for getting me on and off the beach. John came prepared with ropes and pulleys, a couple of you pushing, another 2 of you pulling on the pulley system John rigged up, I just sat back in the buggy and enjoyed the ride! I wanted to go back and do it again, but the guys wouldn't have a bar of it. 
    Afterwards we enjoyed a meal at the Barwin Heads hotel, a good feed at the pub is always a great way to end a days kiting. After the pub i jumped in the car an began driving home to Port Lincoln.





     
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    roblukin got a reaction from andy666 for a blog entry, We Fixed My Kite   
    @.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up.

    Fingers crossed, Ill come back to this post when iv'e had a chance to fly it and let you know what happened.

    Had the kite up yesterday in 15-20 knots, just to test it out.
    Good news is that the repair worked great, it was rock solid! 

     
    The bad news was that I had the lines caught around the bar and punched the kite into the ground again, it blew out on the other side
    Conclusion:  - its getting too fragile and is no longer Rob proof. Time to retire the kite,  its fu%^&*d...
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    roblukin got a reaction from igeighty for a blog entry, Sandy Point Again   
    I'm still in Melbourne, so another weekend at Sandy Point

    It looks like our new buggies might turn up soon, so I think I'm going to hang around for a while longer
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    roblukin got a reaction from igeighty for a blog entry, New Buggies   
    Our new GT Race buggies arrived The next week our, it feelt like xmas, Gotta love new toys! 4 of us imported them from the Netherlands, Joel, Nigel, Doug and myself. The other guys all got GT Rapide's while i got the slightly smaller GT Radical. We all got together for a bit of a BBQ and an assembly day.
    My buggy

    The other guys all have this buggy

    Heres a time lapse video of us assembling my buggy, you will want to flick through it cause it drags on a bit
     
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    roblukin got a reaction from igeighty for a blog entry, First Run With GT's   
    The following weekend we got out to sandy Point for our first run, 3 of the GT's got there toes wet, Nigel didn't make it because he had a problem with his tyres. We had really good wind on Saturday, Mary went up on the dunes with the windmeter and said it was 25-30 knots. I was only taking it easy so I could get a feel for the buggy and I still reached 68 kph. You don't even feel like your going fast and when you take the pressure off the footpegs the buggy just keeps on going straight. If I did that in my old buggy I would be all over the place. I also managed to get my bar caught through the steering line and pounded my kite into the ground, ripping it from top to bottom. Luckily it was my 4m Air Rush LEI which has been worn paper thin and was ready to die.
    On Sunday the wind the wind was a more onshore but only started out light, maybe 12-14 knots, by the time we packed up it was probably 18 knots. I had my 7m IKON Blind2 LEI and I could really feel the difference in pull, my front wheel was skidding all over the place because my hotwire was too far forward (I knew it would be), I'll have  to work on getting it further back without wrecking my nice new seat. So I tried with my harness, not a good idea, I felt like I was going to be pulled straight out of the buggy. My buggy has been made a bit large for me so I can easily get in and out and does not hold me in. The one thing I notied is that kites have way more power with something heavy to pull against. My heelstraps arent working for me yet either, one of my feet also slipped over the top of the footpeg at speed - lucky that the buggy wants to track straight.
    Its time for a bit of tweaking with the buggy and hopefully I can get another run in with the boys before I head home to Port Lincoln.
    My buggy is the white one, it looks small here but dont let the picture fool you, it is still a big heavy buggy


    We had a good long run, from the point of the inlet nearly to Waratah Bay

  9. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from igeighty for a blog entry, We Fixed My Kite   
    @.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up.

    Fingers crossed, Ill come back to this post when iv'e had a chance to fly it and let you know what happened.

    Had the kite up yesterday in 15-20 knots, just to test it out.
    Good news is that the repair worked great, it was rock solid! 

     
    The bad news was that I had the lines caught around the bar and punched the kite into the ground again, it blew out on the other side
    Conclusion:  - its getting too fragile and is no longer Rob proof. Time to retire the kite,  its fu%^&*d...
  10. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, First Run With GT's   
    The following weekend we got out to sandy Point for our first run, 3 of the GT's got there toes wet, Nigel didn't make it because he had a problem with his tyres. We had really good wind on Saturday, Mary went up on the dunes with the windmeter and said it was 25-30 knots. I was only taking it easy so I could get a feel for the buggy and I still reached 68 kph. You don't even feel like your going fast and when you take the pressure off the footpegs the buggy just keeps on going straight. If I did that in my old buggy I would be all over the place. I also managed to get my bar caught through the steering line and pounded my kite into the ground, ripping it from top to bottom. Luckily it was my 4m Air Rush LEI which has been worn paper thin and was ready to die.
    On Sunday the wind the wind was a more onshore but only started out light, maybe 12-14 knots, by the time we packed up it was probably 18 knots. I had my 7m IKON Blind2 LEI and I could really feel the difference in pull, my front wheel was skidding all over the place because my hotwire was too far forward (I knew it would be), I'll have  to work on getting it further back without wrecking my nice new seat. So I tried with my harness, not a good idea, I felt like I was going to be pulled straight out of the buggy. My buggy has been made a bit large for me so I can easily get in and out and does not hold me in. The one thing I notied is that kites have way more power with something heavy to pull against. My heelstraps arent working for me yet either, one of my feet also slipped over the top of the footpeg at speed - lucky that the buggy wants to track straight.
    Its time for a bit of tweaking with the buggy and hopefully I can get another run in with the boys before I head home to Port Lincoln.
    My buggy is the white one, it looks small here but dont let the picture fool you, it is still a big heavy buggy


    We had a good long run, from the point of the inlet nearly to Waratah Bay

  11. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, We Fixed My Kite   
    @.Joel just helped me fix my kite that I ripped a couple weeks ago, the rip went the whole way through, from the leading edge all the way to the trailing edge. We used a product called Kite Aid (which Joel sells). Its amazing stuff, you just iron it on, wait 5 minutes and go kiting. There's no longer any need to mess around with sailmakers and expensive sewing repairs. Ive used it before on small rips but never on a tear this large, lets see how it holds up.

    Fingers crossed, Ill come back to this post when iv'e had a chance to fly it and let you know what happened.

    Had the kite up yesterday in 15-20 knots, just to test it out.
    Good news is that the repair worked great, it was rock solid! 

     
    The bad news was that I had the lines caught around the bar and punched the kite into the ground again, it blew out on the other side
    Conclusion:  - its getting too fragile and is no longer Rob proof. Time to retire the kite,  its fu%^&*d...
  12. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, First Run With GT's   
    The following weekend we got out to sandy Point for our first run, 3 of the GT's got there toes wet, Nigel didn't make it because he had a problem with his tyres. We had really good wind on Saturday, Mary went up on the dunes with the windmeter and said it was 25-30 knots. I was only taking it easy so I could get a feel for the buggy and I still reached 68 kph. You don't even feel like your going fast and when you take the pressure off the footpegs the buggy just keeps on going straight. If I did that in my old buggy I would be all over the place. I also managed to get my bar caught through the steering line and pounded my kite into the ground, ripping it from top to bottom. Luckily it was my 4m Air Rush LEI which has been worn paper thin and was ready to die.
    On Sunday the wind the wind was a more onshore but only started out light, maybe 12-14 knots, by the time we packed up it was probably 18 knots. I had my 7m IKON Blind2 LEI and I could really feel the difference in pull, my front wheel was skidding all over the place because my hotwire was too far forward (I knew it would be), I'll have  to work on getting it further back without wrecking my nice new seat. So I tried with my harness, not a good idea, I felt like I was going to be pulled straight out of the buggy. My buggy has been made a bit large for me so I can easily get in and out and does not hold me in. The one thing I notied is that kites have way more power with something heavy to pull against. My heelstraps arent working for me yet either, one of my feet also slipped over the top of the footpeg at speed - lucky that the buggy wants to track straight.
    Its time for a bit of tweaking with the buggy and hopefully I can get another run in with the boys before I head home to Port Lincoln.
    My buggy is the white one, it looks small here but dont let the picture fool you, it is still a big heavy buggy


    We had a good long run, from the point of the inlet nearly to Waratah Bay

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    roblukin got a reaction from Mez for a blog entry, Heading South   
    Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there. 
    Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been a bit quiet here but now we've got a few days of 20+ knots directly onshore.Thursday I had my 7m Ikon kite up and I think i was a bit overpowered, whenever i tried to pull the bar in even a little bit I just went sideways. I still managed to reach 68 kmh..
    Friday was great, it was 20-25 knots most of the day. My 5m kite went flat on me so I was forced to use my baby kite ( 4m Air Rush DNA), I did a couple of runs down to the point. I used to think it was a long way to the point but when your doing 70 kmh the whole time its a very quick run!Ive put my sysmic midi-xls on the back of my Peter Lynn and it feels like a new buggy, no more shacking the buggy to pieces when its over 60 kmh, its amazing what a difference straight wheels make.
    Today was more of the same, it was probably my best day kiting while ive been here. I think ive had my fix now and the wind is easing off tomorrow so its time to move on..
     
  14. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from Northern Kites Australia for a blog entry, Heading South   
    Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there. 
    Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been a bit quiet here but now we've got a few days of 20+ knots directly onshore.Thursday I had my 7m Ikon kite up and I think i was a bit overpowered, whenever i tried to pull the bar in even a little bit I just went sideways. I still managed to reach 68 kmh..
    Friday was great, it was 20-25 knots most of the day. My 5m kite went flat on me so I was forced to use my baby kite ( 4m Air Rush DNA), I did a couple of runs down to the point. I used to think it was a long way to the point but when your doing 70 kmh the whole time its a very quick run!Ive put my sysmic midi-xls on the back of my Peter Lynn and it feels like a new buggy, no more shacking the buggy to pieces when its over 60 kmh, its amazing what a difference straight wheels make.
    Today was more of the same, it was probably my best day kiting while ive been here. I think ive had my fix now and the wind is easing off tomorrow so its time to move on..
     
  15. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from SoutherlyBuster for a blog entry, Heading South   
    Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there. 
    Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been a bit quiet here but now we've got a few days of 20+ knots directly onshore.Thursday I had my 7m Ikon kite up and I think i was a bit overpowered, whenever i tried to pull the bar in even a little bit I just went sideways. I still managed to reach 68 kmh..
    Friday was great, it was 20-25 knots most of the day. My 5m kite went flat on me so I was forced to use my baby kite ( 4m Air Rush DNA), I did a couple of runs down to the point. I used to think it was a long way to the point but when your doing 70 kmh the whole time its a very quick run!Ive put my sysmic midi-xls on the back of my Peter Lynn and it feels like a new buggy, no more shacking the buggy to pieces when its over 60 kmh, its amazing what a difference straight wheels make.
    Today was more of the same, it was probably my best day kiting while ive been here. I think ive had my fix now and the wind is easing off tomorrow so its time to move on..
     
  16. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, Heading South   
    Its that time of year again when i have to leave paradise and start moving down the coast. Before i left we had another week camping at Archers point up near Cooktown. It was a great way to end the season up here, we had super low tides and some really good wind as well. Its really warming up now and theres talk of crocs being quite bad around cooktown, we didnt see any but the ranger saw one at Archers point while we were there. 
    Im currently in Yeppoon and have been for about a week, its been a bit quiet here but now we've got a few days of 20+ knots directly onshore.Thursday I had my 7m Ikon kite up and I think i was a bit overpowered, whenever i tried to pull the bar in even a little bit I just went sideways. I still managed to reach 68 kmh..
    Friday was great, it was 20-25 knots most of the day. My 5m kite went flat on me so I was forced to use my baby kite ( 4m Air Rush DNA), I did a couple of runs down to the point. I used to think it was a long way to the point but when your doing 70 kmh the whole time its a very quick run!Ive put my sysmic midi-xls on the back of my Peter Lynn and it feels like a new buggy, no more shacking the buggy to pieces when its over 60 kmh, its amazing what a difference straight wheels make.
    Today was more of the same, it was probably my best day kiting while ive been here. I think ive had my fix now and the wind is easing off tomorrow so its time to move on..
     
  17. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from SoutherlyBuster for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
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    roblukin got a reaction from jaysmith for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
  19. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
  20. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from bull31 for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
  21. Like
    roblukin got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
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    roblukin got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Another "OH SHIT" moment   
    We have been going up to Cooktown a bit lately, weve been going to a place called Archers point. Its not a great buggy spot but it is a beautiful place to go camping and the wind is fantastic! Its a few hours north of Port Douglas and the trade winds come in there properly. The wind is a garanteed 10 knots stronger than here. Its not a very long run, maybe a few hundred metres but its great to get the adrenalin pumping. 

    We ran into Jason (Briskites) and the Brissy crew. It was also school holidays so it was fairly crowded on the water. At low tide no-one can kite so I had it all to myself.
    So to paint a picture, Its blowing 25 knots, I'm flying down the beach and looking for a spot to turn, got my bar fully out but the buggy is still accelerating! Then i cross the shallow creek between the sandbars, the buggy does a bit of aquaplaning and comes unstuck for a bit. I'm now running out of room and have to turn, skidding the buggy sideways doesnt seem to do much to slow me down so I throw a downloop and do a big carving turn and hope I come out of it before i slide into the deeper creek on the other side!
    It was during one of the downloops that I had a bit of an 'OH SHIT!" moment, got the timing a bit wrong, went a bit wide with too much speed and ended up with a steering line wrapped around the axil. Shit! the kites gone into a death loop, I pulled my safety and miraculasely the kite stops death looping for a bit. I roll out  of the buggy, crawl around the back and try to unwind the steering line from the wheel, got it half undone when the kite decides to take off death looping again. Theres nothing I can do now so I let go, the buggy gets dragged over me and towards the mangroves, I wave goodbye to it and am thankfull I got away without getting hurt. Eventually the kite ran into a mangrove tree and stopped.

    I didnt see any crocs butt theres supposed to be a big one lives just around  the corner in the next bay,  a bit later the boys (my mate and Jason) saw me sitting on the sandbar without a buggy or kite, they came over and rescued me. I'd been lucky, the kite had dragged between the rocks missing them all, and ended up stopping micely on a mangrove tree and without any damage.
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    roblukin got a reaction from SoutherlyBuster for a blog entry, My Winter Home   
    As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get a bit colder I usually find myself trying to escape the winter and make my annual pilgrimage northward, kiting wherever I can along the way. As most of you know, I am currently im currently in Port Douglas. Most of my winters are spent up here, it is one of the few places that is both windy and warm at this time of year. Most of my days here are spent playing with the kitesurfers and just splashing around in the puddles ... 


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    roblukin got a reaction from bakersdozen for a blog entry, My Winter Home   
    As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get a bit colder I usually find myself trying to escape the winter and make my annual pilgrimage northward, kiting wherever I can along the way. As most of you know, I am currently im currently in Port Douglas. Most of my winters are spent up here, it is one of the few places that is both windy and warm at this time of year. Most of my days here are spent playing with the kitesurfers and just splashing around in the puddles ... 


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    roblukin got a reaction from jaysmith for a blog entry, My Winter Home   
    As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get a bit colder I usually find myself trying to escape the winter and make my annual pilgrimage northward, kiting wherever I can along the way. As most of you know, I am currently im currently in Port Douglas. Most of my winters are spent up here, it is one of the few places that is both windy and warm at this time of year. Most of my days here are spent playing with the kitesurfers and just splashing around in the puddles ... 


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