Quantum 4m + 30 knots = Kitebike World Record

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by Ozone Landkites

Another awesome kiting adventure at the beautiful Mooseland NZ. Sunday morning the wind is buffeting the Island at 30+ knots, gusting 40+. I chuck the gear into the Rav4, as it would be rude not to tame such crazy winds. Low was at 8am but as the wind is pushing the waves in, so there is not a lot of beach to play with.

At the Moose I meet up with Dave and his 4×4 mates who try and give me a hand holding down the Ozone Quantum prototype 4m. I sand bag the kite down and side launch it from the ground without helpers, I slide into the kitebike hooking up the MK splitter quick release on my Ozone harness. I drop the kite back into the power and I’m off, winding up speed, the faster I go the smoother and easier it gets. I look at my elbow pad mounted GPS, 80 km, I start working the kite up and down, taking another look at the speed 85 km, only one more km/hr to beat Andrew’s World record. I work the kitebike and the kite and watch the GPS hit 88.1 km/hr. YES, but now the scary bit, trying to slow down. I pull on the brake of the kite so now the kite is a parachute behind me slowing me down, the bonus is the kite will take more time to get back to the power zone from there, I put the bike on its side to slide to a stop, the camera breaks off and rolls along beside me. As the bike stops I pop out on to my side just in front of the kitebike with the go pro camera beside me.

I check the GPS’s 86.7, 87.7 and 88.1 Yeah! I have the World Record 87.7 km/hr. That’s good enough for now, no time for another run, if I want to get back down the 45km beach to home before the tide gets me.

A very special thanks to the Ozone team for these Awesome Quantum race kites.

The last bit of the adventure was the beach and weather hadn’t finished with me yet, 10kms from home and my car loses all power and dies, 5 meters from high tide mark. I empty the gear out on the bank and watch the tide wash under the car for an hour, there I stay for nearly 5 hours watching the wild west coast weather, before getting towed home.

Pete Foulkes

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