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[*] posted on 2-15-2019 at 12:30 PM


be glad i don't have a gopro or gps, id have made you sick today
yes there was foam...




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[*] posted on 2-17-2019 at 05:53 PM


Back to my pavement paradise. Not as much wind as last week, but enough to make a go of it. Tried the round flex kite with handles this time instead of the one arm bar. Handles do give more control, but the bar system is probably easier. After my kite got drenched with mist I switched to my 4.0 PL Skin until it misted out. No doubt the Skin pulls harder but window is not as good. In a cramped space I think I like having a wider window.








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[*] posted on 2-20-2019 at 07:38 PM


And it is now 3 of the last four days riding my buggy after riding Monday at the fairgrounds. Today back pounding the pavement by the lake. Lots wind, and mist, some light rain and temps from 36-39. Most of the time I was riding with the 4 m Round Flex kite. It got pretty drenched after an hour and half so I changed kites.

I decided to try out my idea of adding a spar to my original g-kite mod. This kite, is single skin like the Peter Lynn Skin kites does and not have a full wrap around leading edge - rather the ribs are cut off before the curve in the front. Made over a year ago, this kite flew ok static but just wasn't useful for kite buggy. It's window was limited and it was too twitchy. The LE would collapse quite often and it had a tendency (like the PL Skin kites) to drop back in the window when speed picked up. This resulted in lots of side load but not much power for pulling forward. I tried one of my skin kites Sunday, and found the same problems on pavement as I had already seen on grass.

So - I decided to put a spar in the leading edge in order to improve the angle of attack, at address the LE collapse. Got to try it today and it really worked quite well. This could be a much better way to build single skin foil type kites because the sewing and build time is much improved. I was quite happy with how it worked. I'd pretty much given up on this design - but this may be a whole new angle on it. Next I may put a spar into one of the PL skins, or maybe build a NPW with a LE spar. Below is a picture of the kite (w/o spar) and a video. I'm calling it my g-spark. Stay tuned.







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[*] posted on 3-13-2019 at 03:11 AM


Had a short session yesterday. The forecast looked promising, 37mph with 50mph gusts. Enough perhaps to reach my PB or better it.
Got rolling at 10am. Tide in by 11:15am, so had to be quick.
The beach was in perfect condition and I had it all to myself but the wind started to drop during the hour, and of course picks up again as the tide covers the beach.
Still, topped out at 62.4mph but I'm paying the price. My arm is killing me. It felt broken yesterday. Felt like I needed a sling support. Today is much better though. Time was an issue, so I did not bother reaching for the trim when heading up wind and just gunned it and the load on my right arm was too much. I need one of those race extension things.

Anyway, here's hoping for better conditions next time. :)

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[*] posted on 3-13-2019 at 05:30 AM


Impressive! Great video! :thumbup:



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[*] posted on 3-13-2019 at 02:57 PM


Thanks Randy. :)
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[*] posted on 3-13-2019 at 05:28 PM


I got some riding in today as well. Wind was opposite the normal direction SE rather than NW. Warm, but very erratic. Still glad I got out.

I'm also starting a new project. Got a Sensei 2m foil today with a blown panel ($19 on Ebay.) I'm figuring I can fix it. Maybe make it into one of Riff's 4 liners. Or just use as is. I figure the bar and line are worth the price. May post some pictures later.




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[*] posted on 3-14-2019 at 06:05 AM


Good to hear you got out. :thumbup:
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[*] posted on 3-17-2019 at 08:26 AM


62 mph!!!! hats off to you.

is that an lei your using there and what size ?
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[*] posted on 3-17-2019 at 11:26 AM


Sensei is a fun kite, Randy. I'd personally leave it as 2 line - it has an auto relaunch that works pretty well if there's any wind at all on the ground level. It's also perfect for handing off to non-kite flying friends and kids. It's also great for 1 handed flying. Not the most powerful kite, but my 3m pulls ok in 12knts+ on my ATB on the airport runway.
If you don't feel like sewing, you could probably just sail tape the cells. My 21m Speed had that done and it's been holding up fine. (The cloth porosity is a different matter :D )
If you do 4 line it, would love to hear how it goes.




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[*] posted on 3-17-2019 at 01:53 PM


Quote: Originally posted by jeffnyc  
Sensei is a fun kite, Randy. I'd personally leave it as 2 line - it has an auto relaunch that works pretty well if there's any wind at all on the ground level. It's also perfect for handing off to non-kite flying friends and kids. It's also great for 1 handed flying. Not the most powerful kite, but my 3m pulls ok in 12knts+ on my ATB on the airport runway.
If you don't feel like sewing, you could probably just sail tape the cells. My 21m Speed had that done and it's been holding up fine. (The cloth porosity is a different matter :D )
If you do 4 line it, would love to hear how it goes.


Thanks for reminding me - I already finished it. Here are some pictures. The lower one shows the original damage. Second, I have fully opened the seams and done most of the sewing and have rolled it up (inside out) into a burrito roll. The last picture is the final product.

I've already flown it and will likely keep it as 2 line. I added some attachments on my 3 M and can fly it as either a 2 or 3 line and change between the 2 quickly. The auto relaunch does work pretty well, but sometimes it's just quicker to do a reverse launch with the 3rd line and it gives a safety as well. I use it that way in high winds with my buggy and it works pretty well. For lighter winds I don't generally use the 3rd line. It is a fun kite for sure. The smaller one is quicker to turn and should be fun.


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[*] posted on 3-17-2019 at 03:00 PM


Nice work! 3 line is probably best of both worlds on that thing.



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[*] posted on 3-17-2019 at 06:24 PM


Quote: Originally posted by m00ms  
62 mph!!!! hats off to you.

is that an lei your using there and what size ?


Thanks m00ms and yes its a 7m lei. :)
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[*] posted on 3-18-2019 at 08:19 AM


Quote: Originally posted by RedSky  
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Still, topped out at 62.4mph but I'm paying the price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB9yUGw0ISg



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[*] posted on 3-18-2019 at 03:25 PM


Thanks B-Roc :)
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[*] posted on 3-19-2019 at 10:49 AM


squeezing out the end of the season on the ice doing a little late day riding

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