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Ice Kiting made simple.

Postby saulaero » Wed Dec 24, 2003 4:19 am

So, this is an easy and cheap way to kite safely and quickly on ice.

(2001) http://web.media.mit.edu/~saul/kites/icebutte.mov
(2002) http://web.media.mit.edu/~saul/zeropres ... annacd.mov

Last year we recorded speeds up to 50+mph. No doubt quicker this year. Lakes have just frozen here in boston so time to sharpen the blades.

build it: http://howtoons.net/archives/finito/IBB1024.html

Sitting on the skateboard definitely safest. You can't fall far, better traction as more weight over blades.

Foils best. Modify an old F-one by putting cutting bigger intakes or even buy a buggy kite.

Safety:

Helmet,
ice hockey pants,
Big ass boots.
Ice Awls (pieces of wood with nails to pull yourself out if you fall through)
Long rope (to toss to friend if you fall through)

more info on DIY kiting:
http://www.zeroprestige.org/

Have fun, think about it first....

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Postby Dax » Wed Dec 24, 2003 7:05 am

Thats awesome man! The sound the blades make on the ice is sick. I wish I had a frozen lake near me now :)

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Ice Kiting made Simple

Postby duckman » Wed Dec 24, 2003 2:52 pm

Hey Saul,
Excellent. I've got some old F-One foils hanging around the garage. To modify them did you remove the white intake material that locks the air in after inflation? I have Blades and was wondering if you could convert the F-Ones to open cell foils that would perform like them...well I mean you'd be able to kill as easily.

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Postby saulaero » Sun Dec 28, 2003 9:11 pm

Yes, remove the 'valve'socks - the white tubes off the intakes. On some of my f-ones i also cut 1-2inch diameter holes on the LE where the gauze inlets are on other cells.

lakes are starting to freeze in NE. Awesome!

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Postby force10 » Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:52 pm

cool stuff. Saul I have used my f-one kites on the snow without any problems and am waiting for the ice. What is the purpose of removing the intake valve? Im not sure I understand why you did that since mine work just fine with the valves intact.
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Postby kitejohan » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:29 am

These work pretty good too:
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It's an old pair of Rollerblades with removable wheel sets
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The tape at the bottom is to insulate the boots which aren't really made for
winter use... :wink: After that they were warm enough!
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Postby kitejohan » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:02 am

Here's from a video of using the ice skates, the pictures are 1 second apart...
Will bring the GPS next time to verify the speed!
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Ice Boards?

Postby KiteVol » Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:50 pm

Doesn't someone make "IceBoards?" I thought I saw them on a post once....Anyone try them?

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Postby saulaero » Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:16 am

F-one modifications (removing socks,adding air intakes) were merely to improve low wind inflation. Makes relaunch safer and easier too.

Not necessary, just convenient, espeically as kites get older and more porous (as with my workhorse F-Ones)

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