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NameBasil Cambanis
HomespotSterkfontein Dam, HarrismithVirtual Earth
CountrySouth Africa

Weight84 kg
Weight Class81-90
Height188 cm
Age52
Age classMaster (36-50)HomepageFacebookBlogpicasayoutubeTwitter
GenderMale
Member sinceSunday, April 30, 2006
Sessions posted138
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session_dateFriday, May 28, 2010
SpotSterkfontein Dam, Harrismith, South Africa
BoardCustom Airtool Proto
KiteGenetrix Hydra 9.0
FinHome made Generic 4
GPS typeNavi GT-31

Average speed44.91 knots ( 45.62 44.92 44.71 44.68 44.64 )
Max. GPS (display)52.28 knots
Max. 2 sec. (software)51.71 knots
100 m run50.67 knots
250 m run44.58 knots
500 m run25.62 knots
Nautical mile14.63 knots
1 hour0 knots
Alpha racing0 knots
Distance68 km
Windspeed24
Gusts34

RemarksSuper happy with my speeds today !

The trip started out bleak with the canopy of my trusty 10 F-ONE DOS exploding for no apparent reason on Thursday in only 18-20 knots while on my twintip; a long swim ensued.
Then my friend's car battery was flat in the morning and we couldn't get down to the water while the wind blew.
I was also upset at the prospect of being underpowered without my 10, as the wind was only in the 20's at the time.

But it fell into place shortly after I got on the water and had a gust propelled me from 35 knots at the start, to 52+ knots 6 seconds later. I was breaking hard in the last 4 seconds to slow down before the trees.
I covered 235 meters in the 10 seconds.

This improved my previous best peak at Sterkies (50.28 kts) by 2 knots, but in almost half the wind than in May 2009.
It's a bit suicidal to chase fast averages at Sterkies in strong wind, as you run out of water before the 10 seconds elapse.
But maybe there's still hope for a 60 knot peak there someday.

For pics and write up, check out :
http://www.speedkiting.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64:5228-knots-at-sterkies&catid=2:blog&Itemid=6

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