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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews   
    Project Salvage : Restoring 15 Years of Kite Reviews.
    RaceKites was an example of a collective human effort coming together to build the largest, dedicated online repository of kiting reviews.  In 2019 RaceKites went offline, today I would like to share that the sum of all that knowledge is coming to Extreme Kites.  
    Alan Short, the owner of RaceKites was responsible for building and maintaining the platform for nearly 15 years containing over 1500 reviews.  I’d like to acknowledge the thousands of hours Alan put in to the RaceKites community, and his immense generosity in providing that content to Extreme Kites.  
    RaceKites as a platform in my opinion was one of the most important online resources available when looking to purchase that never ending ‘next’ kite.  And even when you weren’t, it was still a bloody good read!  With most of the manufacturers either having packed up or moved on from Land Kiting it’s increasingly likely that someone new entering kiting is going to purchase a second hand kite.  Restoring this incredible resource to the Internet gives those individuals access to the information we had years ago when we were making those decisions for ourselves.  
    Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like crazy!
    Over the next few weeks / months I will begin importing the RaceKites content to Extreme Kites.  Right now I’ve revamped the Reviews section a bit, with a bit more to go and then that content will start to flow in and become available to everyone again.  Similar to the ‘Recovering 20 Years of Kiting History’ news I’ll be using the comments area below  to keep a running update on the progress.
    Thank you again for being part of Extreme Kites, thank you to the wonderful human being Alan is and hopefully today’s news brought a little bit of happiness to your day.
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Restoring 20 Years of Kiting History   
    Project Salvage : Restoring 20 Years of Kiting History.
    Over the next few weeks I’ll be working to restore the content that was once available on Flexifoil Forums / Kitecrowd. 
    I’ll be attempting to restore nearly 20 years of kiting history where there were nearly 2 million contributions made by thousands of individuals.
    Why? 
    It’s something personal for me, my first years of Kiting the Flexifoil Forums provided so much wealth of information.  With kitecrowd, foilzone, arcusers, racekites all disappearing there’s been a significant amount of knowledge erased from the internet.  Include the loss of Yahoo Groups and the amount of human effort that has been extinguished is actually quite mind boggling.
    This is my contribution to trying to retain some of that history and maintain its availability for others going forward.
    The current situation…
    The website went offline some months ago so I’ve gone in to this completely blind with the acceptance that it could result in a dead end.  
    My initial assessment is that the database whilst a complete mess is recoverable, and the file system indicates that all the attachments etc are also recoverable.  The original copy of the software itself that was being used however is not, this is something that I’m still assessing going forward.  So given the situation I am confident at this stage with some considerable effort the content can be restored and live on the internet once again.  
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    Mez got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Mez to a ‘T’   
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    Mez got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Dead Calm....   
    Yesterday saw a rest day from Buggying however the Blokart came out on the foreshore and @igeighty, @Tiger37, @Grants and myself all went out and had an attempted sail and a few static flies. Have picked out a present I shall be buying myself, a vented Freilein. @Chook was flying one last night and it was a pleasant flight. Tell you what, if he had a few, he would of had some buyers with both John and Trevor also keen. 
    Today we’re off again to see Robyn at Sandy Grove for Muntrie Cheesecake and coffees before heading off to the beach for a fly. 
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    Mez got a reaction from Jase Shepperd for a blog entry, When the wind blows....,.   
    Monday 15th January
    Back to Beachport today. Checked out the beach Blowhole Road (with 4x4 access) Excellent, however the wind was square on at the Millicent Road Car Park, (where we were based yesterday) so we split up and met in the middle. It’s a southernly 21 knot this afternoon and again another buggy day in the sun. Bit rough for the Blokart, so watched the others. John and Trevor are both on the Born Stars, Dougie on the 2.7 Vapor, Chook out with the 9.0 Ozone R1 and not sure what Rob or Andy are flying as they haven’t made it down this far. Much more wind than yesterday but less foot traffic.



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    Mez got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, When the wind blows....,.   
    Monday 15th January
    Back to Beachport today. Checked out the beach Blowhole Road (with 4x4 access) Excellent, however the wind was square on at the Millicent Road Car Park, (where we were based yesterday) so we split up and met in the middle. It’s a southernly 21 knot this afternoon and again another buggy day in the sun. Bit rough for the Blokart, so watched the others. John and Trevor are both on the Born Stars, Dougie on the 2.7 Vapor, Chook out with the 9.0 Ozone R1 and not sure what Rob or Andy are flying as they haven’t made it down this far. Much more wind than yesterday but less foot traffic.



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    Mez got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, Beachport Fly   
    So the buggy wheels became sandy from our trip out to BeachPort, which is 89km south east from Kingston SE. Just before you head into town and before the caravan park is a small pull in which puts you straight on the beach. After a few groups of horses trotted through, Doug was out, keen to get a fly before another hacking group came through. With the wind SSW at 15 knots, the GT was offloaded and a 2.7m Vapor hoisted into the air, a few runs up and down the beach and Doug comes back in to grab a 4.5m Vapor. 
    After a trip into town, John and Trevor pull in and both put up their Longstar (Green) 3.5 for John and (Blue) 7.0 for Trevor. The colours in these two kites are crisp and clean. Andy arrives with the family and the second GT buggy graces the beach. He puts up a 9.5 Kahoona and gets a few runs in with the others.
    In the mean time, Chook went to investigate the beach 20km along at Southend. A little wider and with 4x4 beach access, however the wind turns to favour BeachPort so he heads back and puts his green R1 in the air. I think sometimes Chook forgets that this buggy has three wheels, as we watched him a few times balance on just the two. Rob (after much contemplation) decides that the beach needs another GT and shows off his new winching system on the back of his Chamonix. Pretty nifty! Around 5pm we start to gather back in and in head back to Kingston. Everyone quite happy to of had a session and an alternative beach. 
     
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    Mez got a reaction from OBEwan for a blog entry, When the wind blows....,.   
    Monday 15th January
    Back to Beachport today. Checked out the beach Blowhole Road (with 4x4 access) Excellent, however the wind was square on at the Millicent Road Car Park, (where we were based yesterday) so we split up and met in the middle. It’s a southernly 21 knot this afternoon and again another buggy day in the sun. Bit rough for the Blokart, so watched the others. John and Trevor are both on the Born Stars, Dougie on the 2.7 Vapor, Chook out with the 9.0 Ozone R1 and not sure what Rob or Andy are flying as they haven’t made it down this far. Much more wind than yesterday but less foot traffic.



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    Mez got a reaction from Jase Shepperd for a blog entry, First Morning   
    @igeighty and myself rocked up around 6:30 (SA time) last night and set up camp. After a windy (relatively dry night) we wake to a windy and rather wet morning. Before the heavy falls started, I took my coffee up to the foreshore and watched the sand being pushed up onto the road. It was quite blustery up there. 
    So far @jhn.holgate @Rob and @Chook managed to get out on the beach yesterday. @Grants and his family are camped up too (sorry we didn’t come over to say g’day yet. Had to put up the fortress before the weather came through.
    It is a waiting game at the moment for the rain to pass through and head over to Victoria as it’s a double low tide day today!



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    Mez got a reaction from bull31 for a blog entry, So it begins....   
    With the event of the year just a few days away, I shall try and keep up with the 2018 Kingston Blog. Watch this space! (have to speak with @.Joel on how to make this a group blog)
    Mez
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    Mez got a reaction from .Joel for a blog entry, So it begins....   
    With the event of the year just a few days away, I shall try and keep up with the 2018 Kingston Blog. Watch this space! (have to speak with @.Joel on how to make this a group blog)
    Mez
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Website Upgrades   
    The new season down under is upon us, so it's time to upgrade the website and launch a new section  
    Today I've done the basic upgrade, there's a few areas to fix and polish then I'll be launching a new section which will keep you hooked for hours  
    There will be some errors and issues, they can be submitted here: http://www.extremekites.com.au/bugs/ 
     
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Extreme Kites Winter Chill Hoodies   
    Store update, new Winter Hoodies available in Lightweight, Premium Weight, Mens, Womens and Unisex have been added.  
    Link: http://shop.spreadshirt.com.au/xknews/ 

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    Mez got a reaction from bakersdozen for a blog entry, I have an audience....thank you   
    Wow - I have the most viewed blog! Thank you to everyone who taken the time to view my pointless blogs. I've been quiet lately with the writing however I hope to post something soon after the next play on the beach. 
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    Mez got a reaction from Darren Tibbey for a blog entry, I have an audience....thank you   
    Wow - I have the most viewed blog! Thank you to everyone who taken the time to view my pointless blogs. I've been quiet lately with the writing however I hope to post something soon after the next play on the beach. 
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Born-Kite Longstar2 Winner   
    The winner of the Born-Kite Longstar2 2016/17 Competition is........  @Darren Tibbey!
    Congratulations and welldone, throughout the competition you created some really good and engaging contributions and discussions that landed this result.  In second place to Darren was @andy666 who also generated some engaging contributions.  An Extreme Kites Buggy T-Shirt will be on its way to you  
    Once again thanks to Born-Kite for supplying the prize, you can visit their website at http://www.born-kite.de 
     
     
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    Mez reacted to jhn.holgate for a blog entry, Competition Time!!   
    In the run up to Xmas and the peak kiting season for us, We thought it was about time for another competition.  Steffen Born from Born-Kites is sending us a 5.5m LongStar 2 hot off of the presses for review.  We are going to review the kite during our Blow @ Kingston 2017 Meet in January and after that some lucky member will be announced the winner of the kite!  Yep, nearly $1000 of Born-Kite goodness can be all yours!  A big THANK YOU to Born-Kite for supplying us with the LongStar 2.  

     
    Entry Details
    To enter, simply start any of the following:
    Discussion Topic Blog Post Gallery Upload Kite Review The winner will be judged by the most total replies across all entries.
    Example: You create four Discussion Topics and each one receives five replies, your total score is 20.
    Note: Replies to your own topics are not counted towards your total score.
     
    Competition Information
    Competition runs from Monday 12th December until Tuesday January 31st 2017.
    Replies are only counted from new Discussion Topics, Blog Posts, Gallery Uploads and Reviews created during this time.
    Discussion Topics in The Lounge, Buy & Sell, Meets & Events are not counted towards your score total.
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, World Records on Extreme Kites   
    Today, Extreme Kites releases a World Kite Records section that allows us to look at the past whilst stepping in to the future. 
    The new World Kiting Records section is fully uniform with drag & drop uploads for your GPS images and optional GPS data. It's fully searchable with a set of filters allowing you to really drill down in to the information that has set each record.  You can filter to find out whom the fastest pilots in your country are, perhaps you want to know what the top speed set on a GT-Race buggy is?  Even better, what about finding out the top speed set on Discs with a Peter Lynn Vapor?  All of this and more is either possible today, or within the next month as more information gets added to the database.
    Previously we've all been limited to records being maintained in Wiki's, Forum Threads and Personal Blogs.  The one thing that all of these inherited was that they are all up to an individual to maintain whether it was here in our Community or elsewhere.  Instead we've built a system so that there's a whole team from today and forever in to the future maintaining a database of peoples' personal achievements.  
    This is just the beginning, last year we went through a whole site redevelopment explaining after years we had to finally take two steps back to be able to move forwards and bring you the type of online experience we wanted.  We did this by launching the new website, then following on with sections like Blogs, Reviews etc.  The Kite Buggy Speed section is just the first, over the coming weeks we'll include more sections along with other kiting disciplines like Landboarding, Kiteboarding, Kite Skates and Snowkiting.  We aim over time, as a team to build the most comprehensive, searchable database of World Kiting Records available.
    Kind Regards,

    Joel T
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    Mez reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Invite to Extreme Kites   
    We've enabled a new Invite System to make bringing your friends along to Extreme Kites even easier!  
    On the top right there's now an invite icon, which you can press and use to invite your friends, family and kiting buddies.

     
    In your control panel you'll see a list of members invited by you:

     
    When your invitee receives their email and clicks the signup link your referral code is automatically entered in to the signup form.

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    Mez got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, Thumbs up for a good day   
    Went out to rescue an echidna yesterday afternoon.......
    To those of you not familiar with an echidna....just think of a small bolder, covered in spines with grappling hooks drilled into the ground......now try lift it up.....!
    40 minute drive from home, mostly sealed bended roads, then 8 km down a dirt road to Bend of Islands, Victoria to find a extremely large lump on a gravel driveway. The women's husband was backing out in his car, heard a "thud" then a scrapping sound, underneath is the echidna, on its back, wedged between the gravel and the underside of the car, so carefully he drives the car forwards to get her back on her feet...to cut a long story short, she eventually crawls out, plonks herself on the driveway (again) and bunkers down. Hours go by and she's not moved....thats when I arrive. I had to dig her out.....get her wrapped up so I could turn her over to check for any injuries (fortunately the car was cold, otherwise she could have burned her feet and snout) I get her down the vets who remove about seven of the largest ticks I have ever seen on an animals, (which wasn't the easiest task in the check) She's given the all clear and I drive her back to release her....she must have farted in the car....my god I almost died!
    On the way back, I see a cow in calf, I couldn't stop as captured animals can quickly form a deadly condition called Capture Myopathy and I needed to get her back. With her successfully released (she knew where to go, straight under the water tanks) I drove back to witness a beautiful new-born calf stand for the first time. 
    All up, it was a good day for all creatures great and small....
    Mez
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    Mez got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Share and share alike...   
    So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all. 
    A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
    Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
    Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
    By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
    Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
    By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
    As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
    Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town. 
    There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 






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    Mez got a reaction from OBEwan for a blog entry, Share and share alike...   
    So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all. 
    A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
    Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
    Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
    By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
    Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
    By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
    As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
    Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town. 
    There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 






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    Mez reacted to Bill for a blog entry, Making the videos   
    Here's the video making process!.......
    I start off by copying all my video files onto an external hard drive.  I have 10 files from the SJ 5000 cam (should have turned the image stabilization off as it hates being mounted to the buggy).  Joel very kindly has given me the drone files from the first few flights, so another 6 files from there.  15 .mov files from my SLR.  47 files from my hand held gopro and 42 files from the ION Air Pro mounted on the back of the buggy.
    Once that's copied over, I view them in Xilisoft Splitter and cut the bits I want for the videos.  Some for a Longstar Video, some for a Peak 2 video and some for an A & B Kingston Video.  I had decided earlier that I wanted a couple of Kingston videos - one with more time lapse sequences and some nice celitc music and the other a bit faster.  Another big time waster is I have to convert all the 2K drone files as my editor won't accept them.  So once I split the bits I want from the drone files, they have to be converted back to something my editor will accept.  (If I wasn't so scummy and updated my editor to the latest version then I wouldn't need to stuff around with the converter).
    About 4 or 5 hours gone so far.  Once I've got the split files I rename them all with things like 'A Joel funny dance' or B Doug behind claypan.  That way I know which video they're going into and what the content is.  I could do all this in the editor but then I'm dealing with large files with generic names and I get confused easily.
    Meanwhile I'm thinking about what shots I want in various places in the video and what bits I want to slo-mo.  Which is the next step - take all the long 20minute sunset or cloud files and speed them up in the editor.  I can only speed up to 10x so a 20minute sunset becomes a 2 minute file.  Still too long, so after rendering them, I re-import them into the editor and speed 'em up another 10x.  I'm going to try and keep most of the clips in the video to under 10 seconds each - probably more like 6 or 7 seconds.  Might depend a bit on the music.
    Thinking about the music, there's a track I did with Que Decree in the 80's - a very silly piece of writing set to some good tempo rock music.  Except I don't want the lyrics and I want to insert some slow bits into the music for the timelapse sequences.  So I will have to re-record that.  Which will involve programming the drums, then laying down the guitar, bass, keyboards then lead guitar in roughly that order.  The other Kingston vid I'd like to use a Cara Dillon track that I quite like.  The Peak and Longstar vids will get some tunes that I've already recorded.
    Next I will take all the 'A' videos and put them into the editor.  Working out the sequence is the tricky part.  Then putting the music in and moving/cutting the endings to match the beat.  Then I have to think about what titles/labels/names/descriptors to put in and how I want them to display.  After that, I'll hit 'render' and have a watch and see if I want to go back and re-do anything.  Things don't always turn out how I think they will and I'll often watch the vid and think 'meh, not what I'd hoped for'.  Occasionally it comes together well and I'm pleased.  Sometimes the music is all wrong and I have to go back and do a new soundtrack and re arrange clips to suit.
    I've just about got all my clips organized and ready to put into the editor.  With a bit of luck, some will start appearing in a few days time.....
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    Mez got a reaction from mik333 for a blog entry, Share and share alike...   
    So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all. 
    A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
    Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
    Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
    By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
    Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
    By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
    As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
    Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town. 
    There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 






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    Mez got a reaction from jhn.holgate for a blog entry, Share and share alike...   
    So John left yesterday, so I thought I'd keep up the blog writing for you all. 
    A busy day out on the clay pan with approximately 11 blokarts, several with the "Shadow" side carts and the custom land yachts zipping in between the branded sails. Dougie, Chook, Rob, Jay and Darryl have the buggies out and will soon have to do some dodging as I see the witches hats being set up for a sailing course. Plenty of space for everyone to share though, but a lot of tacking for the kites to get out. Out-numbered at the moment.
    Dougie puts up the PL Viper 5.3 to start and gets some good wind to whistle his lines. Mike" turns up with his buggy on the back of his X-Trail so have a sneaky peek on how he's rigged it up - a bike rack which holds the buggy perfectly. The winds at lunch time start to pick up with gusts of about 19 to 20 knots. Chook's chooses to have a sail first. Jay has his "Buster" 3, getting a PB of 38kph but came in with a rattling buggy. Rob is setting up his 7 meter (crazy man!) and Mike, a 3.5 Quad Foil X-M, Darryl a little larger with a Quad Foil X-M 3.8.
    Doug comes in "its gusty as frack out there and calls it the "Oh shit" run. Jay's Buster wants to fly - without its pilot and detaches itself from the peg it doesn't get far. The wind has picked up even more with the blokarts staying down the other end for the mean time. "Ben" is out on his land board with a windsail powering it. Not as fast as the blokarts, but doing pretty well in the gusts. A few 3 meter sails up now, and two wheels. One of the windiest days so far at Kingston. Saw some 2m sails during the day.
    By 2pm we had we were joined by Joel, Mel (and her parents) Neil and Nigel also came along. Jay tried Dougie's buggy with the 2m Bruiser - we get worried when 20 mins go by and he's a no show - the kite was pulled from his hands and had a tangled mess in the lines. Just as we send out a rescue team (Lachlan - from the land yacht team has a quad bike) he shows up the other side out of the haze. 
    Mike gave the land board a go and Neil puts up a 4.5m Vapor and feels it's power. 
    By now we've attracted quite a few spectators from the road. 
    As I speak 'wows' are heard from the group at Joel's territory and I look over to see a blokart on its side, a gust hits his sail and he's over. Neil finds the Vapor a bit big and comes in to change and puts up his 2.5m Raptor. Red - makes it fly faster! Mike puts up a 2m Blade Flexifoil and goes out for a bug run. Rob - comes in for a rest, he's stayed out on the 7m since this morning. That man is bloody talented! 
    Joel's setting up for a buggy run come 2:40 and the pan is looking rather quiet at the moment however the buggys outnumber the land yachts at he moment with Nigel, Mike and Neil all out. More spectators arrive from off the highway so everyone is out and about showing off to the crowds. A good day to draw in the crowds with the fishing competition going on in town. 
    There are many changes in kites and I can't keep up so please feel free to comment below with what you flew today. 






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