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by mike pepper
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Self launch and self land option
Replies: 115
Views: 14098

Re: Self launch and self land option

Shadyladys tennis ball solution is brilliant. We've been using for about a year a modified electric fence stake. See attached photo. Works well.
by mike pepper
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Flysurfer is going to beat fishnets? (Release of VMG2)
Replies: 85
Views: 11541

Re: Flysurfer is going to beat fishnets? (Release of VMG2)

Thanks Evan, yes they do fold when kiting downwind- not always, but enough to notice- this varies from kite to kite. There is a second connection point and we have tried with some success connecting to this second connection point in the last 1/4 of the wing tip. One of us has had the time and incli...
by mike pepper
Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Flysurfer is going to beat fishnets? (Release of VMG2)
Replies: 85
Views: 11541

Re: Flysurfer is going to beat fishnets? (Release of VMG2)

Several of us are flying these puppies down her in Aotearoa. Awesome kites. Seem to fly faster and higher, with bigger wind range than ABCZ bridled kites. But wing tip fold is a problem we're grappling with. How are other VMG2 users fixing this issue?
by mike pepper
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: foil kite catcher
Replies: 46
Views: 5115

Re: foil kite catcher

Your right- It would be a lot of strain on the lines of the stake was concerted into the ground & you continued to power the kite up. One time I did do that & the kite tore the stake & the two sandbags up in the air with it- not a good situation! As soon as you hook a line you have to push the bar a...
by mike pepper
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: foil kite catcher
Replies: 46
Views: 5115

Re: foil kite catcher

I have been testing my umbrella catcher this winter. It works well, & on a deserted beach in 20kts gives me a level of confidence I can safely finish my session. I’ve shared it with a friend of mine down country who kites alone a lot as well and we have both tested several permutations on the umbrel...
by mike pepper
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: foil kite catcher
Replies: 46
Views: 5115

Re: foil kite catcher

BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to make one & test at my local beach. At the moment I park my kite in a largish shrub then spend 20 minutes untangling the kite lines from all the branches.
by mike pepper
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Fastest animals in the ocean are...
Replies: 26
Views: 3397

Re: Fastest animals in the ocean are......

Very cool idea
by mike pepper
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Self Landing Foilkites in 20+kts
Replies: 47
Views: 6192

Self Landing Foilkites in 20+kts

Self Landing Foil Kites in 20+kts Easy enough when someone is there to catch the wing tip but when no one is there as I see it there are 4 options: Drop to side of window and sprint down wind to where the kite will tumble, then spend the next 40 minutes unravelling the bridal lines and picking the s...

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