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chipmunk
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Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:28 pm

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Just thought I would open a page on general chat as more people are becoming interested in speed
Help with GPS, Places to ride .Video’s, Photos, Good day, Bad day What ever you like

http://www.gps-kitesurfing.com/default. ... em=website
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Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:40 pm

OK I will start it off
Mike Pacey (AKA Chipmunk) age 51 next

I was one of the pioneers of speed sailing in the UK and as a former World Cup Windsurfing Speed sailor
started speed sailing in the late 1980s the UK scene was just starting to get going with Regional , National events and Internationals:- Planters, Peter Stuyvesant ,West etc,World Production Board Championships,Masters of Speed PBA Fuerteventura
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Early in 1995 I was recorded at West Kirby in a UK event at 47.9 mph / 41.62 knots on a Bic Vivace 270 / 5.9 VX 2 before GPS

Fuerteventura 1995 compressed the 7th vertebra and lost the use of my left arm had to stop racing and gave up windsurfing
I then started kite surfing with a Wipka Classics now on North Rebels

Even had a go at the first kite speed event in yep Fuerteventura 13th on production kit
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Made lots off boards over the years windsurf and kite did some for Davo who put them to good use
http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/brow ... /2670/2/52
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Ride at Humberston and Hunstanton north east England

Recently started having ago at windsurfing speed with some good results and it was fun
bit of a mistake my boom snapped ended up with a Rotator Cuff Tear so I will be off the water till spring :x 2010

Next year is looking interesting with more and more people getting involved in GPS speed
So don’t forget to post your times good or bad and where you did it. Videos, Photos, info

Ok that’s me what about you
Do not be shy
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Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:16 pm

You'll be on Twitter next Mick!!!!!

BTW - can you still drive?

Pop over for a brew if you want - got a new coffee machine to die for.




















51! That's how old you said you were when i first met you 8 years ago. :wink:
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Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:01 pm

Hi Russ I would need to have a look at the board ?
I have two boards you can try over winter the fanatic and a custom that are in the garage doing nothing at the mo

I can even lend you a GPS short term just to get some runs in or I am pretty sure Davo will let you try his out and he will help you with the set up as well

Gump has new ones in his shop
Juice Boardsports
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http://www.juiceboardsports.co.uk/

Driving myself up the wall but ( i am getting to the point that i will have ago soon) :twisted:
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Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:08 pm

Great idea Chipmunk.

Gary Powell AKA gazxtreme aged 46.
Speedsailing for 4 weeks.
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Kites: Blade Primes, 11,9,7m with access to smaller Blade Triggers and a 3m Starkite Sbow.
Boards: Starkite Sprint 134x42, 2004ish Stonker Shark 180/150 assymetric, work in progress on RRD 180 chop job custom boomerang shaped thing.
Spot: Earnse bay and Foulney Island both in Barrow in Furness.
Best results so far
Max. 2 sec. (software)34.89 knots,
100 m run 34.52 knots,
Max. 10 sec. run 34.17 knots,
250 m run 33.51 knots,
SESSION_SPEED_Avg 32.92 knots,
500 m run 30.45 knots,
Max. GPS (display)29.7 knots,
Alpha racing 19.43 knots,
Nautical mile18.9 knots,
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS1sTEreBmc

HISTORY.
Windsurfed badly on and off since the mid 80s, took up landboarding and buggying about 2001, Took to the water in 2003 after buying a Wipika Airblast on holiday in Fuerte, Became an Instructor in 2005 after doing an ITC in Egypt, established North West Kitesurfing in 2006 becoming BKSA approved in 2007 and now a BKSA National Trainer, Competed in the BKSA freestyle seniors in 2008 and 2009 gaining 2nd place overall in 2008 but with very few seniors taking part then 5th place overall in 2009 against 14 seniors after kicking myself for missing the first 2 events. Also organised Walney leg of the BKSA tour for 3 years.
First place in Bridlington against a lame Pete Whiteley and Marcus who went for a deep sea jolly during his runs.
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Decided to give speed sailing a go after first talking to Davo a couple of years ago and buying a GPS that's been stood for nearly 2 years doing nothing. Don't fancy practicing freestyle in these winter squally winds so thought the speed thing would suit someone of my age for those honking days. Looking forward to some kind of meeting with a few other speed riders and building some boards.

Other toys and hobbies.
Hobie 16 sailing catemeran.
X Cat thundercat 4.1m surf racing boat with 50hp Tohatsu.
Surf kayak, mini mal, landboard, buggy, too much kit not enough time
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Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:57 pm

chipmunk wrote:Ok that’s me what about you
Do not be shy


Seriously Dude - Creepin' me out!
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Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:35 pm

Davo The Movie in Dungarvan, Ireland
The Accident was 2 days before he set the fastest speed 44.19 knots
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I59VvJRF_Eg[/youtube]
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just a scratch Davo
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Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:34 pm

That's not exactly going to promote speed sailing to people :shock:
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Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:35 am

Yeah, suddenly the thought of trying to get the UK ladies speed record is not so appealing!! (Although....Do blokes dig scars on chicks too?!!)
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Thu Nov 26, 2009 7:10 pm

I wasnt speed sailing when i had that accident, i was tacking back up wind at the time.

Speed sailing is a lot safer than learning kiteloops or just going big and getting it wrong, just remember to have your straps slack enough so that you can kick the board off as soon as you start to wipe out.
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Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:15 pm

Yippee just got a phone call from the hospital in for the operation Tuesday at 8.00 :-D
First day to getting better ok its going to be 3 or 4 months before I can get back on the water :roll: there is a GOD
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Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:05 pm

Hi guys, sorry I've been so long in adding my details, been a crazy few weeks.

My name is Richard Fabbri aka cactus,Im 40 years old.
I have been kiting 8 years and speed kiting 6 months.

I am originally from a small costal town in South Africa called East London :shock: but I have lived in the UK for ten years now and call it home.
My first passion was for wave riding as I have a long surfing background, however with the lack of consistent surf in these parts I quickly started looking for a new buzz.
When freeriding in the past I was always trying to go faster than everyone else and when I watched Nigel win the Weymouth Speed Week, I knew what that buzz was going to be.
Some years later I was given an old Cape Dr asym speed board to have a try but it was a starboard tack board and here in Portland with our prevailing wind, we find ourselves on a port tack most of the time.
I couldn't afford to import a board from South Africa and did not know of anyone here who made them, so I decided to make my own.
It was OK and I got my fastest speeds so far on this board.

Max. 2 sec. (software) 43.95 knots
Average speed 39.98 knots

Unfortunately, on Sunday, I Lent this board to a mate who lost it, so now I have to bring forward my plans for my next designs.

Garry, I've only just realised who you are, hello mate. Hope all is well. You still teaching and Thundercating?
Whenever you come down here, give me a shout.

Rich.
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Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:48 pm

Chipmunk, good to hear you've got some progress with your operation, I am sure you will want to be good again for next season with the recent interest in speed sailing and growing numbers, next year should be quite interesting.
Cactus, yeh still running the school but not been out much in the cat ths year as I seem to have had a lot of niggles with the Tohatsu and kind of turned my back on it , also had a busy year teaching and working hard to learn new tricks for the freestyle events. Just running your old boat now as I sold the Gemini, storing two cats was difficult.
Just seen the pics of your board, like the look and shape, great finish, I'm going for the rat look so I don't have to worry about quality finish :-)
May be down Dec or Jan for a training meeting in Poole so will make a few days of it and try to catch up with you.
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Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:10 pm

That morphine stuff is great the down side is they check you out every hour so not much sleep during the night
nice to be back at home now obviously feeling sore but the good news :-D the surgeon told me that the tendons etc.
did not come off the bone but had to reattach and remove some damaged tissue

Start physiotherapy motion then strength could be back on the water in 2 to 3 months depending on how things go :wink:
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Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:51 pm

Good you're positive about the outcome and recovery time. I've never had detached tendons but from my gym days I remember a couple of the lads having this and if I remember the tendons need a good few days without movement to even start to attach then weeks to strengthen so youv'e probably had orders to be still, looks like that straight jacket picture you posted won't be far from the truth. It will give you plenty of time to work on your strategy whilst the rest of us are suffering practicing throughout the winter :wink:
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