Category Archives: Past interests

Kite quiver

Having just bought a yellow PKD Buster II 2m parafoil power kite off eBay, I thought that it was time to take stock of my kite quiver. Here goes: 1 x PKD Buster II 2m 1 x Prism Stylus P3 1 x Prism Hypnotist 1 x Premier Kites Speed Foil 1x 1 x High as a Kite Rascal Stunt Kite 1 x HQ Ready Sleddy 1 x KiteOL Speed Foil KM5009 (it flies crapmore »

Accidental purchase: PKD Buster II 2m

I have ‘accidentally’ purchased a yellow PKD Buster II 2m parafoil kite on eBay. Sometimes I place bids on eBay to test the market strength. In this case I placed a bid fully expecting to be outbid and not being particularly concerned about chasing the price. When the auction closed, I found that I had bought myself a kite! Cool!! I bought the yellow PKD Buster II 2m parafoil kite for about $60more »

Carving modification for Phase 1 dropdown longboard

I finally got to ride my Phase 1 dropdown longboard, but in my initial impressions suggested that the skateboard did not carve as well as expected. The board was very stable, but perhaps too stable at the expense of its ability to carve. When I took off the trucks to remove the remaining pieces of plastic that the board was wrapped in, I decided to rotate the riser pads so that the thickmore »

Phase 1 dropdown longboard initial impressions

Christmas has finally come and gone. I can now ride the Phase One (P1) dropdown longboard (specifications and price also listed) that my dog ‘gave’ me for Christmas. I took the longboard for a 9 km ride this morning with my trusty dog running alongside. Initial impressions of the dropdown board were very good. My understanding is that dropdown skateboards were originally designed for downhill speed work. This skateboard, while being relatively cheap, fitsmore »

Speed is relative

I have been having a chat with a reader about the speed of various skateboard wheel/bearing setups below my post on the Phase 1 dropdown longboard. In the meantime I have taken the opportunity to wander around a few stores selling skateboards and spin the boards’ wheels. I have been absolutely staggered how tight the off the shelf board wheels are. Give them a good spin and they barely roll half a turnmore »

Phase 1 40″ dropdown longboard

I received my Phase One (P1) 40″ dropdown longboard today. I bought it off eBay from eskatestuff for $150 plus $20 freight to Brisbane. (I note these skateboards have just gone up to $160). eskatestuff certainly has fast delivery. Both items I have bought from them arrived next business day from Sydney to Brisbane.     Advertised specifications of the Phase 1 skateboard are: nine ply full Canadian maple deck 40″ x 9 ”more »

ABEC 11 70’s Flashback wheels and Bones Reds skateboard bearings

Now that was fun! I just came back from a ride with new ABEC 11 70’s Flashback (70 mm, 81a) wheels and Bones Reds skateboard bearings fitted to my Phase One (1) 42″ longboard. Yee hah! I bought the wheels and bearings off eBay from Australia’s Favourite Skateboard Shop (who are apparently transitioning their online store to Boardshop Australia). The Bones Reds skateboard bearings were $19.50 and the ABEC 11 70’s Flashbacks were $54.99. Postagemore »