Thirdcoast Kiteman

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About Thirdcoast Kiteman

  • Rank
    Newbie
  • Birthday 10/01/1973

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    http://www.thirdcoastkites.com

Profile Information

  • Favorite Kite(s)
    HQ Hydra
  • Flying Since
    1985
  • Location
    Frankfort, Michigan
  • Interests
    Kiting
    Kite Boarding
    Snowboarding
    Hiking & Camping
    Renewable Energy
    Education
  • Gender
    Male

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    United States
  1. kitewing 2

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    The KiteWing is easier to learn and handle than windsurfing or kitesurfing gear. It’s also very safe for the people around, since there are no lines. The wing is also TOTALLY depowerable, since you have direct control to the wind. (holding the wind in your hands) Compared to windsurfing rigs a KiteWing covers easily 4 windsurfing sail sizes (which often requires two different masts). Check them out! Video: - - More info: KiteWing -

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  2. kitewing flight progression

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    The KiteWing is easier to learn and handle than windsurfing or kitesurfing gear. It’s also very safe for the people around, since there are no lines. The wing is also TOTALLY depowerable, since you have direct control to the wind. (holding the wind in your hands) Compared to windsurfing rigs a KiteWing covers easily 4 windsurfing sail sizes (which often requires two different masts). Check them out! Video: - - More info: KiteWing -

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  3. kitewing airborne

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    The KiteWing is easier to learn and handle than windsurfing or kitesurfing gear. It’s also very safe for the people around, since there are no lines. The wing is also TOTALLY depowerable, since you have direct control to the wind. (holding the wind in your hands) Compared to windsurfing rigs a KiteWing covers easily 4 windsurfing sail sizes (which often requires two different masts). Check them out! Video: - - More info: KiteWing -

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  4. Frankfort Windpower

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  5. With the Gulf Coast threatened by the BP oil spill environmental disaster, there have been non-profits as well as concerned citizens who are applying their expertise in monitoring and mitigating this catastrophe. We found a very cool site where students launch high-altitude balloons as well as towed kites outfitted with cameras to get aerial imagery of the shifting slick in the Gulf, helping to monitor its position. This is a great example of how kiting technologies can be utilized for research, education, and environmental applications. Check it out at: http://unterbahn.com/
  6. 2010 NEO II in action

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    The new 2010 NEO II in action! Available at: http://www.thirdcoastkites.com

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  7. Harness for snowkiting and landboarding

    Right on...I like a waist harness too, but I prefer the lower center of gravity of the climbing-harness style...I don't feel like I can be pulled off balance as easy. I don't see as many landboarders where I'm at in the U.S. as there are in the U.K...it's like huge there!
  8. Updated Site to promote wind energy and go-green

    We recently updated our site with a page that promotes wind energy and the wind energy industry in our state of Michigan. We also launched a new page to promote green living, how to get involved, earn college degrees in sustainable design and engineering in Michigan, as well as local organizations doing cool stuff to promote the environment. If you know of Midwest regional organizations doing cool stuff to improve our quality of living and environment, let us know! Thanx,
  9. Harness for snowkiting and landboarding

    Well it's fall time and the leaves are turning - Lake Michigan is cold! So I've turned to landboarding until the snow comes. I'm using a harness made by Ozone that I like a lot. It not only secures you at the waist, but also around each leg - sort of like a climbing harness. The effect is that it won't ride up and makes getting air as comfy as launching in your sofa rocker. It's a D-Ring harness, which means that your chickenloop goes through it instead of a bar, which hooks onto the chickenloop. The harness fits nice over clothes, and adjust easily so you don't feel all bound up when in cold weather gear. I was at the airport in about 15kn wind having a blast, and felt like I had really good body control when getting air...the balance point of the harness was good and the straps around my legs felt real secure but didn't inhibit my range of motion at all. If you paraglide, the sensation of air time is similar. HQ makes a harness that doesn't ride up, but I don't think it's really meant for land or snow use. - I don't think it would fit over clothes very well. I can't wait for snow...riding up-hill in the back-country instead of hiking it sounds really good to me!
  10. I've recently flown a HUGE frame powerkite called "The Arbitrator." I've been thinking about rigging it for 4-lines, perhaps stacking 2 or 3 of them, and trying it out as a traction kite or a kite to use with my ATB (All Terrain Board). Has anyone tried this? Third Coast Kite and Hobby
  11. Arbitrator powerkite

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    Recently repaired this kite...Isn't she a beauty!

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  12. Arbitrator powerkite

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    Recently repaired this kite....taking it for test fly

    © Thirdcoast Kite and Hobby

  13. Test flying the 2010 HQ NEO 11

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  14. Test flying the 2010 HQ NEO 11

    From the album Kites on the Third Coast

    © Third Coast Kite and Hobby

  15. New NEO 11

    Just got the new NEO 11! I'm siked! Personally, I like the ram-air foil design because I like being able to fly the same kite on water or land, winter or summer. I know it's summer, but I can't wait to try it out this winter. Forget about lift-tickets and chair-lifts! Any one else fly ram-air foils?