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[*] posted on 12-21-2016 at 09:05 PM
Ist kite ski/skate on ice(or snow)of season....and 2nd day!



Half the lake is still open water...frozen at two ends, not middle.


3.25 inches of mostly smooth ice and dry.

Today was using short line (9m) with a NPW 6.5m to work close to shore and use more limited terrain.

5-14MPH with lots of zippy runs. Blades still sharp:thumbup:

Many times wished I had a foil to jump a little with and for better upwind but still NPW was so useful in limited space .... and because I can easily fit three sizes in my backpack and venture out.
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Mood: Feelin' oh so (single) skinny and Sysmic!

[*] posted on 12-22-2016 at 02:16 PM


Tuck - not sure if you're brave or desperate, but man, are you dedicated! I don't think I'd go out on a half frozen lake... Glad you're having fun!



Kites:
Born-Kite LongStar-2 (3.5m, 5.5m, 7.5m, 9.5m, 12.5m);
Born-Kite NASA Star-3 (1.5m, 2.5m, 3.2m, 4.0m; z-bridled for handle flying)

Buggy:
Peter Lynn Bigfoot+ modified with VTT rail & seat kit (a seriously great performance upgrade), two sets of Sysmic rims (one set with BigFoot slicks for the "beach" of the Great Salt Lake and the other with 6-ply trailer tires for the Ivanpah playa), and BigKidKites AQR (because it keeps me in the bug and in my marriage)

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[*] posted on 12-22-2016 at 03:01 PM


I made lot of test holes and walked part of route ..

Just thick enough with a little extra, perhaps .... but had to get out on smooth fast ice.

I need more.

Need deep freeze back in Northeast, too.
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[*] posted on 12-23-2016 at 03:05 PM


Returned to ride today. Same winds. Same kite again....... Same open water.



Temp s warmer in 40's. ice stayed hard enough(to hold edge) and safe enough...:smilegrin:


Get it while you can...





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