Buggy Log Archive 2003

Saturday 13th December 2003 3pm

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - 10 knots SE

Spent three hours down at Southshore today. Phil and Josh came along too, so I had a quick play with Phil's 6.3 C-quad with the mountain board. No face-planting this time as the wind wasn't too over the top. Although buggying with the 6.3 was near impossible. Enjoyed the session with the board and may swap my 4.2 with Phil's 6.3 for a while to practice on the mountain board. Met a guy called Craig who is heavily into buggying and it looked like Tim had a large crew out at the LifeSavers further up the beach. All in all a pretty busy day on the beach.

Thursday 11th December 2003 5pm

Location - Pines Beach, Kaiapoi

Wind - 5 knots E

A lot less wind than Monday. Got the 4.2 out but still not enough power to get myself up and over some of the bigger dunes. Just content zooming over some smaller dunes and dropping off the ledge again. I managed to get some power slides in on the soft sand too.

Monday 8th December 2003 5pm

Location - Pines Beach, Kaiapoi

Wind - 15 knots E

Good two hour session in the dunes at Pines. I used the 2.2 most of the time as the wind was strong as. I had fun dropping off a three foot ledge and storming through the dunes.

Thursday 20th November 2003 5pm

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots ENE to SE

Tried to repeat the good session I had yesterday, but the wind wasn't quite as strong. I took the 8.5m C-Quad out of its bag for the first time in ages and had a go with that. Unfortunately I think it underperforms (incorrect setup?) at the moment, and it didn't seem to have any more power than the 4.2. I called it a day after about an hour.

Wednesday 19th November 2003 6pm

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - 10 knots SE

Got the mountainboard out today for the first time in absolutely ages! And had a great session - still pretty wobbly on it, but getting used to leaning back and letting the kite take my weight more. I still need more experience, but I'm getting there slowly.

Thursday 30th October 2003 5pm

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - 15 to 20 knots SE

A quick one hour speed run session on the spit at Southshore. The wind direction direction prevented any runs further up the beach, and even the runs from the spit weren't ideal. However, I still managed a fairly impressive 45 kph. I keep nudging at the 50 kph mark - I'm sure I'll hit it some day soon. Ended the session with some awesome slides, letting the kite pull me round rather than just trundling round with no power.

Sunday 26th October 2003 12pm

Location - Beach at Spencer Park

Wind - 15 to 20 knots NE

Had a couple of short sessions with the 2.2, would have done some speed runs if I had been down at Southshore. Managed to get two buggies joined with the strap, and towed Phil along the beach for a while until we ran out of hard sand with the incoming tide.

Saturday 18th October 2003 12pm

Location - Pines Beach, nr. Kaiapoi

Wind - 10 knots SE

Too much for the 4.2, too little for the 2.2. With the 4.2 I felt a little out of control and I'm sure I would have ended up smeared across the dunes somewhere, so I down-sized to the 2.2 and didn't really have the usual power there. So I just contented myself with cruising around the main entrance to the beach. A quiet 2 hour session.

Wednesday 15th October 2003 7pm

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 10 knots SE

Good session today. Tried my hand at upwind turns and found them remarkably easy. I did have a few that went wrong and ended up with me being pulled out of the back of the buggy - but generally good and straightforward. The secret seems to be to make the turn as tight as possible and to keep turning. If you straighten up half way through then it all goes horribly wrong. I also managed to get used to controlling the kite (i.e. not letting it power up) whilst it's behind me. Once I mastered this, I found I could concentrate on the turn a lot more and every thing seemed a lot more controlled.

Saturday 12th October 2003 10am

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 15 knots NE

Just a short one hour session this morning. Crusied down to Southshore and back, just contented with doing tight slides after that. No speed runs attempts. Spotted about 5 brave guys out on the water, I was freezing just buggying on the beach, I don't even want to think how cold they must have been!

Tuesday 7th October 2003 4pm

Location - Pines Beach, nr Kaiapoi

Wind - 5 knots E

Disappointing today - seemed to be plenty of wind at Brighton, but hardly anything at Pines. There was enough however to cruise along the beach - much see how far north you can go one of these days!

Monday 6th October 2003 6.30pm

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 15 knots E

Wow, almost a month since I was out on the beach - every weekend a westerly or southerly seems to pop up, strange weather at the moment. Anyway made the most of today, a quick one hour session with the Comp buggy. I cruised down to Southshore and back, taking it pretty easy. At the end of the session, I managed a couple of speed runs and came up with 38kph, not too bad although there was a lot of lateral pull - a bit worrying as I was only using the 2.2. Oh well more of the same forecast for tomorrow - fingers crossed.

Saturday 13th September 2003 1pm

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 15 knots NNE

The angle of the wind prevented any long runs, so I spent a couple of hours introducing Luke, Nathan and Di to the joys of kiting. The boys managed a couple of short runs in the buggy, early days yet but everyone seemed to be getting the hang of it. Hopefully when the summer nor'easters kick in, the boys will be able to use the mountainboard a bit.

Friday 12th September 2003 4pm

Location - Pines Beach, nr Kaiapoi

Wind - 15 to 20 knots NE

Popped up to Pines for a quick hour-long session on the Bigfoot. I managed to get some great speed through the bowl near the beach entrance and also quite a bit of lift with the 2.2. However I didn't manage to get airbourne although I must have got close as I was certainly getting bashed around in the buggy.

Sunday 31st August 2003 12pm

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots ENE

Had a great 2.5 hour session this afternoon, getting used to the PL comp buggy again after quite a few sessions on the bigfoot. Attempted several speed runs with the 4.2 between Tern St and Plover St, but there was a lot of lateral pull, great for slides but not for speed! I switched to the 2.2 and managed one run berfore the wind dropped with a speed of 32kph, not bad considering the wind speed. Whilst I was using the 4.2, I felt as if I really powered it up then I may be able to get some air, may try that next time. During the session I actually got out on the mountainboard - it felt good too, so I may be spending a bit more time on that baby soon as well. Bring on the summer!

Tuesday 26th August 2003 9.30 am

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 15 knots ENE dropping to 10 knots NE

First time back at my home base for a while. The forecast was for a strong NE, so I decided to try a few speed runs. Much to my surprise my first run equalled my record speed of 48kph. Encouraged by this I attempted about 5 speeds runs, however the wind was dropping (NOT as forecast!) and I never managed to improve on the time of the very first run. After a couple of hours the wind had almost totally died away, so it was back to the office in the afternoon.

Friday 13th June 2003 2.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach

Wind - 10 to 15 knots E

It's been a while! Today I spent a couple of hours cruising through the dunes at Pines on the Bigfoot. I started out with the 4.2 but the wind soon picked up and I switched to the 2.2. I didn't manage to get any air but it felt good to be back out on the beach after so long. I did do some big drops though, about a 10 foot drop down a 45 degree plus angle on the side of the bowl, only luffed the kite once!

Wednesday 11th March 2003 6.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach

Wind - 10 knots ENE

A bit more wind than Monday, but with the 4.2 out of action with a broken leading edge had to use the 8.5. It's not really suited to dune buggying, but I managed a few runs up and down the beach on the soft sand and it certainly has plenty of power and lift. I attempted a few dune runs in some pretty safe dunes, but even then managed to crash the kite into the bushes. Spent the last 30 minutes of the session trying to sort out the kite and lines!

Monday 10th March 2003 6.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach

Wind - 5 knots E

Frustrating, spent an hour and a half trying all the kites trying to get something to have a bit of power, but nothing worked. Even the 8.5 wasn't up to the task.

Tuesday 4th March 2003 6.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach

Wind - 15 to 20 knots ENE

Much better session today. Learnt that you need much better kite control when playing in the sand dunes plus good skills at getting lines and kites out of bushes etc when it all goes horribly wrong! Only happened a couple of times, but still not good. Probably managed 4 or 5 awesome runs through the bowl just by the entrance to the beach. On a couple of runs definitely got the buggy off the sand! Secret to getting airbourne - more speed and then just a little bit more! Good to have a good long run up like the bowl to hit the dune at speed. As trying to use the kite to pick up speed as you buggy up the dune doesn't really work. Tip of the day - strap yourself in (probably more dangerous not to be if you plan to get air-bourne) and wear that helmet - I'm sure the day is fast approaching when that buggy flips over and the back axle lands somewhere very close to my head!

Sunday 2nd March 2003 4 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach

Wind - 15 knots ENE

First time at the dunes with the Bigfoot. Didn't manage too many runs, just getting used to the feel of the buggy.

Saturday 1st March 2003 12 p.m.

Location - South Brighton Surf Life Savers

Wind -

Tried out the Bigfoot for the first time. Very floaty and bouncy, so at least you don't feel every little bump on the beach. Seemed quite hard to turn but I think I need to adjust the setup. Just a quick 30 min session to test it out before hitting the dunes.

Tuesday 25th February 2003 6.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach nr. Kaiapoi

Wind - 15 knots E

A bit disappointing today. Too windy for the 4.2, so I had to use the 2.2 which didn't really have enough power for buggying in the dunes on the competition buggy. Hopefully that will change when I get my new Bigfoot buggy. No accidents, just a couple of embarrassing moments when the kite ended up below dune level with no wind, and just dropped out of the sky. Recommend using the 30m lines in the dunes!

Monday 24th February 2003 6.30 p.m.

Location - Pines Beach nr. Kaiapoi

Wind - 10 to 15 knots ENE

I had my first 'off-road' session today. Flew the 4.2 C-quad with loads of lateral pull on 30m lines and hit the dunes. Great fun racing in and out of the dunes. I had problems with the competition buggy getting stuck in sand on steep dunes, even with the massive pull from the 4.2 I ended up having to walk up a couple of hills. Rather embarrassingly I also walked down a couple of slopes as I'm not quite up to risking life and limb yet. Having said that, I did manage one wipe-out - a sideways slide into some dunes and then unceremoniously dumped by the 4.2 as I lost control of it. Towards the end of the session the wind increased and made the 4.2 quite 'lively'. Switching to the 2.2 would have been a plan but by now it was getting too dark. Anyway I feel that a bigfoot purchase is on the cards to make those hills a bit easier.

Sunday 23rd February 2003 3 p.m.

Location - South Shore, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 15 knots SE

My first session in quite a while. The wind wasn't really strong enough for any speed runs. I was only using the 2.2 C-quad, perhaps I should have tried the 4.2. The best I could manage was 27.5 kph, quite sad really.

Saturday 1st February 2003 11 a.m.

Location - South Brighton Life Savers, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 20 knots NE becoming SE

The first day of the Hangloose Kitesports Challenge 2003. And just to put us all in a good mood the forecast westerly was no where to be seen and a north easterly turned up almost on cue. There was up to 15 people out kite-surfing at any given time. The wind was very strong and I felt quite overpowered even with the 2.2 C-quad. A couple of other guys were out buggying - had a chat with one afterwards, Dave, and recommended wide tyres as the way to go for more speed - I feel an investment coming on - Dave was certainly out pacing me using his own 2.2 with a 5 wide wheel buggy. We left the beach in the afternoon keeping our fingers crossed for the same again tomorrow.

Wednesday 29th January 2003 7 p.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 15 knots NE becoming ESE

Another quiet session, just cruising.

Tuesday 28th January 2003 6 p.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 10 to 15 knots SE

The wind was really too SE to do anything good. Just cruised around - almost got dragged by the 4.2 into a pool of trapped sea water.

Sunday 26th January 2003 5 p.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 15 knots ESE

At last the easterly kicked in, I'd been hanging out for it all weekend. So I did another Waimak run in 53 minutes and then moved south of pier. I managed a speed run of 35kph up from the Life Savers, otherwise a fairly quiet session

Tuesday 21st January 2003 2.30 p.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 20 knots ENE

Well, I never thought this day would come, but this afternoon the NE is actually too much for the 2.2 C-quad. I did manage a speed run down to the Life Savers of 41 kph but the trip back was an ordeal. The 2.2 almost pulled me out of the buggy on a couple of occasions and I was tending to go down-wind as well - always a sure sign the kite is over-powered. So after 20 minutes I decided to wait and see if the wind would die down.

Tuesday 21st January 2003 11 a.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 15 knots ENE

Having missed a great opportunity last Saturday to do the Waimak run, I took the day off work to make sure I caught today's forecasted NE. It had been blowing all morning so all I had to do was wait for the tide to go out and I would be away. So off I went from just up the road from the pier all the way to the Waimak mouth in 33 minutes, a distance of around 11.5 kms. Quite slow work as the wind was definitely against me but only one gybe required when I hit soft sand at the Surf club at Spencerville. I spent about an hour up at the Waimak mouth, set up a small figure of 8 course and slid around that. Quite a bit of space up there, and at an ideal angle for the NE. Also a few 'ponds' around, which cooled me down when I went for a couple of water runs.

After about an hour I decided to go back home, but by now the wind had picked up and I had major problems re-lauching the 2.2 - it just didn't want to know. Eventually I got the thing up in the air, and raced back to Brighton pier - a total round trip of 25.5 kms in 58 minutes, not bad for my first Waimak run.

Sunday 19th January 2003 a.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots SSE

Much to my surprise the wind picked up again about an hour after I left the beach. So of course I had to get out there again before the nor'wester hit. Unfortunately with a SSE breeze I couldn't really do any long runs, plus the beach was chokka. So I contented myself with attempting upwind turns (tacking?). Bloody difficult, as the kite always seemed to power up just as my back was turned - much to the amusement of the sunbathers no doubt, as I usually ended up being pulled all over the place! Yet another thing to practice loads. Oh well!

Sunday 19th January 2003 a.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots SE

Just a quick one hour session this morning. The wind only lasted that long before it died with the imminent arrival of a traditional Canterbury nor'wester. I didn't achieve much as the 4.2 was very under-powered, not even enough power for some slides. I did manage a run down to the Life Savers and back though, weaving my way through the people on the beach.

Thursday 16th January 2003 p.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 15 knots ESE

I'm guessing on the wind speed as the windsurf web site had it at no more than 10 knots at the estuary, but it was definitely more here at the beach. Started out with the 4.2 and mountain board. The 4.2 was at it's peak power, almost lifting me off the ground even in the neutral position. It was probably ideal conditions for boarding but I decided to give up after half an hour as I didn't feel too safe on the board in such a strong wind. Moved to the 2.2 and buggy - wow! Did a cruise down to Southshore and the return trip took 8.5 minutes with a 2 minute speed run from the Life Savers - awesome speeds. So I tried a few speed runs from the Life Savers and broke my old speed record with a 46.6 kph run. Just to make it even more exciting, I felt like I could have gone faster given more wind as there was no lateral pull at all from the 2.2. I couldn't believe when I worked out the speed, unbelievable feeling, I was pumped all evening. Tried the 30m lines on the 2.2 but couldn't match the record run, but that may have been due to the wind dropping slightly? Finished up by shortening the buggy and doing some sliding turns. Best session I've had for a long time!

Thursday 16th January 2003 a.m.

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots

Bit more like it this morning. Just played around with the 4.2 c-quad and the buggy. Even tried going backwards - a long learning curve involved I feel.

Wednesday 15th January 2003

Location - Brighton Pier, Christchurch

Wind - 5 to 10 knots

Bit of a frustrating evening. Ending up snapping the leading edge spar on the 8.5 c-quad, having got quite frustrated with it, due to lack of wind I guess. Bugger!

Saturday 11th January 2003

Location - Southshore, Christchurch

Wind - Around 10 knots (no more than 10) - ENE

Felt good to be back out on the buggy having being holed up crook all week. Spent about an hour with the 4.2 on 30m lines doing speed runs for the first time. Found acceleration really slow but once you were up to speed it stayed there well and not too much lateral pull either although that could have been due to the lack of wind. Consequently a long run produced the best result of the day - 35kph. I actually repeated the run again to check the time as the sprints were coming in with such slow times!

Decided to try the 4.2 on the old 20m lines to check speed differences. However while I changed the lines the wind just died on me. Not even enough for the 4.2, so I got out the 8.5 for the first time at Brighton on the 20m lines. Wow, what a difference from the 4.2! The response of the 8.5 is so slow in comparison, but at least it flies in the light winds. So I spent the rest of the session cruising around with the 8.5. In the end the wind dropped so low that the 8.5 had problems staying up there, so I called it a day.

Saturday 4th January 2003

Location - Between Brighton Pier and South Brighton Life Savers

Wind - Around 10 knots (no more than 10) - ESE

A lovely day at Brighton beach brought the crowds out. Of course that meant no speed runs were on, just had to content myself with cruising up and down between the pier and the South Brighton Surf Life Savers building. I got the 30 metre lines on the 4.2 C-quad for the first time. Not sure if they made much difference, but definitely a larger window to play with the kite in. I did get the impression they were lighter lines or at least caused less drag than the ones that originally came with the 4.2 as the kite tried to fly over my head on a couple of occasions.

Got the hang of power slides during the session and can do them almost at will now - it's all to do with getting a bit of extra power in the kite, or so it seems.

A sand bar formed between here and the Life Savers that I'd not seen before, and I spent many a fun run ploughing through the water between it and the true beach. Some quite deep holes had formed and were filled with trapped water, warmed up by the sun. Quite a strange feeling ploughing through them and being soaked in warm water!

Otherwise not much doing, spent 2.5 hours crusing and sliding. Should really have got the mountain board out!