Tenth anniversary kite buggy from the South Pole

Shoot the breeze and stay in the loop with the unhinged and unhooked word on the street.
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chipmunk
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Inspriation Brian was 60 years old now 70 and still kitesurfing

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chipmunk
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I can see this in the next James Bond film
BrightonSurf
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I am surprised he used handles, I would have thought a kite using a bar with depower and a safety would have been safer and less work. Maybe they get very constant predictable winds.
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Depower in 2002? Not likely.
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BrightonSurf wrote:I am surprised he used handles,
Using a bar with a foil came about because of kitesurfing, far more control over a foil with handles. Flysurfer were doing secret trails on Maui at about that time and inflatable kites were available.

To give you an idea of how good or bad inflatable kites were at the time some riders who were riding out to the reef at kite beach Maui were using Flexifoil Blades.

It's an Advance foil, Advance were and still are, ermmmmm.........very advanced in kite design. F-One also built the ass-kicking-est foil I ever flew, F-One were very advanced. :-D

You wouldn't want to use a bar with a buggy if you had the choice, damn-nuisance. But what would I know, me in a buggy ? Very funny.
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Do you know Brian? I think I met him at Dakhla as I remember him telling me he has kite sledged from one of the poles before, altho had to be rescued on one trip :oops: Great guy, played many a game of Perudo with him that week (not much else to so in Dahkla at night!) If it is the same guy I manged to get him up on his board for the first time which earnt me a few beer tokens :-D
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Just watched video and is the same guy :-D

See Richard I do like old people!!
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Chipmunk, thanks a lot for making me realising I am now 10 years older.
I am still under 30 though! :mrgreen:
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JGTR wrote: See Richard I do like old people!!
In fact, kitesurfing for the fit and healthy 70 years old is much more do-able than is imagined. There are plenty of 70 years old blokes who don't have my orthopeadic problems but instead of enjoying life they hang on the end of whisky bottle.

My fitness and ability is continually dragged down by the use of prescription drugs and the easy to imagine difficulties after hip re-surfacings and other encroaching bony-changes, so what am I saying. I'm saying more people at 60 ish could take up kitesurfing quite safely, I think after 60 the bashing you get during the learning process is just much though having learnt you can just mow the lawn and ride a few waves quite safely.

Did I say you don't like old people ? What I did say is that you're a big-mouth and a bully-boy at the key board. I also said you went out of your way to helpful to those who ask on this forum.

I'm 70 on the winter solstice, that should give you an idea about my personality. I might be old and out of touch in certain areas though still as sharp as a pin in many ways. (Where-the-fuxxxx did I leave those keys, probably in the freezer again) :-D
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OK Guy’s a little more info on Brian Cunningham who lives near Bolton he is one of those guy’s you meet in life who has a lasting impression on you.

My wife and I met him last year in Sharm and he asked if we were going back would we drop him a line, so we did what a fantastic week we had.
Brian is one of the countries unsung heroes the list of his life’s achievements is endless.

He is a Guinness book of record holder for kite buggying across the Gobi Desert

Running was a very important part of his life 20 miles was just a warn up to him

On his 70th birthday he ran 70 miles non stop through the night over hills and valleys not just road work

He is now having some trouble with his tendons in his ankle and may need an operation to sort it out but that is not going to stop him? He has taken up mountain biking the last message I had from him he was going for a ride (dawn till dusk)

With age comes wisdom the sad thing is you cannot put it on new shoulders
So never under estimate the old ones they may just help you along life’s rocky road.

I am 53 years old it was fascinating to have the honour to share his life story with us
and in return we helped him with his kitesurfing

Live Long And Prosper Brian.
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he is one of those guy’s you meet in life who has a lasting impression on you.
Sure does :-D
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