This is a short, and very rushed, edit, of some of the footage taken during our testing day at SNOzone in Milton Keynes.
We really seem to be getting somewhere with this rig now: downhill it behaves very much like a sit-ski, although is more stable, and is able to carve turns just like a skier would: it's fast too - the first couple of runs the guys surprised me - I had to straighten out my run to keep up with them!
So it seems that we only now need to do a few tweaks to get it working as we ideally want: Sean has an interesting idea about a braking mechanism, which should make using the rig around camp much easier; we want to lower the centre of gravity a little, to see what effect that has; and we'd like to try some different skis with short & long radiuses.
Over the last year or so I have been not to secretly involved in organising an expedition in Iceland.
Three members of the British Disabled Ski Team want to become the first disabled athletes to cross the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland by snow-kite.
This is a hugh challenge. Not only do I have to teach the guys how to kite, and becoming damn good at it too; but I also have to design the rig they'll need to snow-kite successfully, as none of the guys have the use of their legs.
We're making unbelievable progress; the guys are turning into very competent kiters, the rig is working well beyond our wildest desires, and we've secured various sponsors to help us: not least of which is that Flexifoil are building bespoke de-power kites for the guys to use throughout the crossing.
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