Lake Ivanpah, CA. About 10 minutes down a dirt road from the Outlet Mall at Primm, NV. Bambi went shopping and I spent from 3 to 6 PM, Thursday, April 4, 2013 on the lake bed. Looks like Brian is getting ready to go really fast. (Chris Shultz, HQ stands center).
I was told the black tent is warmer than the silver. So, depending on the temperature, you may want to order one of each.
Corey Jensen on the right with dog Ben.
For some reason, I really liked the graphic design on this young man's (Josh Hough) armored shirt. Watch his great video at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GGmD3mCEv0
Netting is a popular motif on the lakebed.
The sun came out a few times during my visit. However, most of the photos will appear flat as they were taken under overcast conditions. This land sailer comes from France and is really cool looking.
Pretty intricate system. Logo is from the sail.
What I thought was some type of kickstand is really a drag brake. The sun had retreated behind the clouds.
The Sun was fighting to break through the clouds. Sometimes it would win, most of the time, no.
Winds were ranging from about 5 mph to 15 mph. This caused the buggiers real problems as they have to chose a foil size for "best results". Do you go small and hope the wind stays up, or go big and maybe get overpowered?
The HQ shade tent was going through some strong shape changes.
Here is that French land sailer. I was told the warranty is only good to 70 mph.
The S stands for the model name (Standart). The 15 stands for the fact that this is the 15th unit built.
Bobby Muse writes: Left buggy is the PTW (Popeye the Welder) Playa buggy he brought over for his personal use in 2012. The buggy now belongs to Mike Kenley who also owns the PTW Viper buggy that was custom made for him to run the Landsegler disc wheels.
When the sun came out, I would hurry around and get as many shots as possible.
Dean Jordan writes: Tsune and Miki Baba.
It appears the Peter Lynn tent also undulates.
It only looks like a skirt. He usually wears a pink one. (Long running joke) He is Dino Arias of Dakitez Power Kites.
Dino Arias pulling his buggy.
(Mike Kenley (l) and Steve Holeman (r).) Normally, this event would be called NABX. However, the permit for the event didn't happen, so this is merely a week long gathering of people who like the wind. There was no official tent, events, dinners or raffles. There were porta-potties thankfully.
Steve Holeman tips his land sailer as he speeds by. This group of photos was taken from the wooden ramp. I stood on it so the camera was around 10 feet up for these shots.
You can easily tell the photos taken when the sun was hiding behind some clouds.
And a really nice side slide. Craig Sparkes from UK. Flexifoil team rider
Anyone know this chap?
Love the purple padding on this buggy.
Steve Bateman (l) and Bobby Muse (r).
left to right is Steve Bateman, Chris Shultz, Bobby Muse
I always think about flipping photos like this so the word reads correctly. Only did it once in this album though.
Chip is one of the few pilots who uses the big Revolutions for power instead of a foil. I've been told the big Revs are more efficient than foils, but less forgiving.
There are 3 solar plants on the West side of the freeway now. (following text by Salvador Huino) In the picture Danny frank who works in the plant.
Brian Holgate is piloting the Speed Buggy.
Gary Weddle in the Standart Landsailer.
Everybody has a camera these days.
Darrin Skinner came on by for a chat.
GoPro camera on the rear axle. Ofer Eppstein from Israel. (Many names provided by Bobby Muse)
The high speed buggy can be weighted down for really high spped runs. You can see the NALSA even happening to the North. (North American Land Sailing Association) (Kent Kingston writes: That would actually be the NABSA event. (North American Blokart Sailing Association). NALSA was the week before and not during this event.)
Look at the Peter Lynn tent in the background. Yikes. (Christi Brown & Marc Potter)
John Alden (Denver) in the white cap. Bobby Muse writes: Duane and Dirk Hemza on the left. Van Nguyen in the white shirt on the right. Glenn Ford from Australia in camos.
Lance did not have his yellow pants this year.
Kevin Bayless explains the camera to Sarah Child. Not really, just a posed shot.
Scott Skinner, Dean Jordan, John & Lori with Ron Gibian standing.
Possibly Salvador Huino.
George Brown from Ohio.
Wow, blokarts have fairings. Kind of racy looking.
Garrett Freberg. Thanks Anile for the ID.
Bazzer on the left had just learned how to land sail.
Dodd Gross of Skydog Kites.
Fast Freddy Agie in the front of the tandem with Dean Jordan leaving the scene.
Bobby Muse writes: Dirk Hemza in the yellow pants, Van Nguyen with white shirt by kite, Duane Hemza in grey shirt, Dino Arias with black jacket and helmet.
Peter Lynn Scorpion being flown by Phillip Chase
This is the amount of cloud cover I was dealing with. So when the sun would break free for a few minutes, it was "go" time for photos.
Pilot (Loren) and camera boom handler (Sarah).
Yes, you can buggy with a sport kite. Even if the wingtip tensioning is broken on one side. (following text by Paul Glasspoole) My buggy rejected me three times prior to this day. I needed to ease back into the buggy so decided that dual line with limited pull would be the way to go. It still pulled me at over 20 mph.
Paul Glasspoole used this Prism Quantum sport kite to buggy. He already had the scratches before I showed up.
Ron Gibian with his ever present thumbs up sign.
Barry "Bazzer" Poulter strikes a pose.
Maria Pereira from Canada
John Alden makes a solid entry for best helmet.
(text by Dean Jordan) Marc Potter Stoopid Dave
My buddy Fred came by driving the tandem rig. Over the next several pictures, with the aid of low wind, he was able to snag the blokart sail. Fred asked me not to put up these photos, so don't tell him.
Yes, the wind was dropping.
It was a valiant fight to keep the buggy moving with 2 people and a small foil.
I came back in time to see this sequence.
All smiles. This is when he told me not to post these photos.
So, by tipping over the cart, the final line was rescued. No harm, no foul.
The foil was rescued.
I had this idea that would require a tandem buggy and a chauffeur.
Fred then drove me around in the rear seat of a tandem buggy. The next group of shots were done from the moving platform. With the light winds, we were probably in the 5-10 mph buggy speed.
Paul Glasspoole in the background.
Full frame (uncropped) photo taken from the back seat of the tandem buggy. Oh wow, the backward hat carries over to helmets. Who knew? The sun even came out for a few minutes, sweet.
Blake Pelton, creator of the 2-stack "High School" sport kites seen later in the album.
Blake was kind enough to lift his rear wheel for the camera.
The wind was dropping, but Fred was a trooper and kept the buggy going as long as possible. I asked Fred to drop me off shortly after this.
All the single riders were faster than our tandem. That makes sense. John Alden zips by.
John Alden pulls away from us.
Thanks for driving me around Fred.
Photo flipped for readability.
Jim has lots of custom touches on his land sailer.
Chip is my helmet model for the photo.
Susan Skinner came over to give me her annual bear hug. Always welcomed.
The pimped out blokart belongs to Jose Sainz.
Chip Brown and dad George. Chip had an "incident" with a sinkhole earlier on another lake bed. He was nursing several wounds.
This is a replacement sail as the previous one died a tragic death during the sinkhole incident.
Only the young. These Kitewings take a lot of muscle and skill to use. Note the disc brake on the board's rear wheel.
(unedited text by Dean Jordan) Philip Chase back after a long absents from making family....
I was walking to the truck when I saw this young man jumping the ramp. So, under overcast skies and at full zoom I snapped off about 10 pictures of this jump. There was so much overlap, I just chose these 3 to show the descent. Hmmmm, maybe I should have left in the lines for the 2 lower inserts. (following text Dean Jordan) Stoopid Dave, doing what he does with little to no effort. One of the best teachers, and all around good guys.
I went back to the photos and made a similar collage of the ascent portion. I didn't spend a lot of time on this one so please excuse the color shifts around the lines and buggier.
FRIDAY: I was disappointed in the photos posted due to the overcast conditions from Thursday. So for the first time, I came back to the Ivanpah lakebed for a 2nd day. This time I spent about 5 hours. (L-R) Steve Bateman, Darrin Skinner, Susan Skinner
Corey brought my leash in case I got out of line. Note the VW bus hat.
Chip readies his new Power Blast sail. The inset shows a photo he took of his old kite after the run in with the sinkhole days ago. Joe Hadzicki stands ready to assist. Photo taken with my pocket camera and built-in flash used as a bounce off the RV roof. Very cool.
This is Chip, his buggy and all the bandages that resulted when he and his buggy went into a large sinkhole. He tumbled 93 feet after he left the buggy.
Do not run afoul of the BLM. Officer R. Regnell will make sure you obey the law. You can tell the "perp" to move his feet further apart, but you can't tell them to spread their legs wider. How educational these trips to the lakebed are.
Barry "Bazzer" Poulter made a Rok and matching bag for Kevin Bayless. Proudly held by Kevin.
Kevin and Barry hold up the Rok. There will be lots of non-buggy photos from today as the wind was under 5 mph until about 6pm. On a good note, the sun was shining most of the day.
With a little backing up, Barry was able to provide enough lift for this shot.
Bazzer is always subtle. Not.
The small letters in the red box are sounded out as "Bah-zur".
Jose Sainz had a couple of SUL SLKs.
I actually highlighted the line as the kite looked like it was flying itself.
Bazzer was piloting and Jose was providing remote guidance via brainwaves.
Ron Gibian made this kite with a skin provided (appropriately) by Scott Skinner.
Laima Gliding Single Line Kite by Flying Wing Kites, designed by Bell Chiu. (Full frame, uncropped)
The wind would sometimes pop up to about 5 mph for a few minutes during the day.
Kevin Bayless extended Rok.
These SLK chaps are amazing. I do believe Kevin hooked the banner on purpose. He then carefully brought up the ROK letting the banner fly normally again. I shot a whole sequence, but chose this single shot.
Quick collage of 4 photos in sequence. Yes, I know some of the bridle lines and overlap aren't the best. Cut me some slack here people.
Kevin was even kind enough to let others fly his creation.
Jose with one of his SUL SLKs. Solar farm in the background.
Since the banner had a little life in it, I asked Jose to bring his kite nearby.
Very nice SLK. As playful or steady as you would want it to be.
Asking Kevin and Jose to cooperate was a lot of fun.
They could have done this forever.
Last shot of this pairing.
Meanwhile, Ron Gibian was making the swan do these beautiful tail waves.
So I asked Ron to bring his SLK near Kevin's.
And slowly the 2 of them worked out a converging point.
The Rok was brought in a touch and the swan floated higher.
And finally, they were right next to each other.
Whip action side launch by Loren Cox of RC plane "bird".
The buggy camps were spread out for over a mile. So many people used bicycles to get around.
The shirt says it all. But then, aren't most of us?
Corey Jensen with his dog Ben.
Bobby Muse writes: The long hair was to throw off old guys like me. Indeed a boy I was corrected. Twins I think. I thought it was the same child that changed clothes.
Focus Manta. Designed and built by Hunter Brown and Paul de Bakker.
George attempts to hide behind the bottle.
Paul Glasspoole writes: John Alden unruly moustache appears to be in order in this picture.
Check out the reflection of the sun on the dust in the air at the solar plant.
(L-R) Kevin Bayless, Go-Pro camera, Barry Poulter, Scott Skinner
Dave looking for a smoking allowed area.
Dodd Gross landing a Skydog power foil.
Speed Buggy in for a tune-up.
Corey served fruit, but warned us to stay away from the pineapple.
And no one took the pineapple.
My vote for best mode of transportation. This was Dean Jordan's "wheelchair" last year.
Here is one of the three solar farms.
Dodd Gross casually backs up using a Skydog power foil.
Van Nguyen, and Jeff Earl
Yes, I am using the solar farm as a backdrop as much as possible.
They're in the Key of D, a favorite for Irish music.
There were several dogs out on the lakebed.
My favorite buggie artwork.
The first truck-tent I'd ever seen.
Bobby Muse in orange, standing beside Mike Kenley and wife, Christi. The dog didn't like me.
Fuel for the driver.
Just chillin'. The wind would pick up around 6pm. Although I don't know what purpose the tennis ball serves.
Original Mohawk SUL with no upper spreader, grommets, 2PT frame, matching leading edges and monochrome panel layout.
Designed and made by Robert Randolph.
I liked the kite and Dodd got an immediate Taz Machine out of it, but it felt like the bridle needed a little tweaking.
I want to try that little scooter with umbrella.
Skydog 9.3 sqm power foil. Flown by Dodd Gross.
Quick 6 photo collage of the Skydog 9.3 sqm foil. It's a little rough around the transitions. I spent about half an hour on it. Looks like the far right photo is a little too large compared to the others. Oh well.
I asked Dodd to do a ground pass with the foil. He was scraping the ground with it. I just put in a few of the pictures.
One of Dodd's higher moments in the ground pass. He takes his "ground pass requests" seriously.
I like the look of the asymmetric design. And I'm a sucker for white on kites.
Wow, it's a wall of rubber and metal behind Dodd.
John Alden helps Dodd Gross hold open this 9.3 sqm Skydog power foil.
Setting up the Blake Pelton "High School" kites.
I was told these 2 sport kites were made by Blake Pelton who made some of the Starbuck's commercial snow flake cell kites. These skins were done while he was in high school and languished for years until recently framed.
The lines between kites are pretty short compared to traditional thinking. But the kites seem to fly well. I even got a double fade out of them.
(text Darrin Skinner) Susan Skinners' Peter Lynn buggy #9 in the foreground. Bobby Muses' Apex buggy behind it. Shows the evolution of buggies over the last 20 years.
Joe Hadzicki weaving a kite together quickly for pictures and flight test.
Old buggy and new buggy. You decide.
This is the Lake Ivanpah version of a Rose Bowl float.
Joe tied all the connections and the bridle hoping to get some airtime for shakedown.
3.5 sqm prototype foil from Revolution. We're giving this one the Code Name of "Big Dragonfly". Sadly, the sun ducked behind a few clouds.
It's so big, it wouldn't fit on the picture.
So I backed up. Chip looks on as Joe lofts the Little Dragonfly.
Maybe there will be some bridle adjustment. This was the maiden voyage. Chip and Joe were having a great time.
Under overcast skies, Chip stalls the Little Dragonfly while Joe gets a buggy ready.
So I was told the wingspan is the same, but the Big Dragonfly is deeper. Photo taken with pocket camera and built-in flash.
Joe was in evaluation mode, but still took time to swing by for some photos.
While just 0.5 sqm larger than the Power Blast 2-4, this kite has a much longer wingspan.
Since these are new, I've put in several pictures. The panel layout will probably change.
Had to put in one shot across the sun.
Joe stalls the little dragonfly between Chip and Darrin.
And then moves the foil between Darrin and Susan.
You don't realize its size until someone gives it perspective.
Joe Hadzicki even took off his helmet for these shots. Thanks Joe.
Don't let the Blast logo on the right fool you. This is a prototype Revolution kite. And it is fast.
While Chip pilots, Joe stands under the high aspect ratio 2.5 sqm prototype. He said he needed a name and I suggested "Dragonfly". It's all the mylar. Kind of looks insect like.
The "Big Dragonfly" 3.5 sqm prototype is waiting patiently for its turn in the sky.
Normally, when I do a lot of photos, there may be some less than optimal results. I went back to my favorite photo from this group and reworked it using Layers and a little more care. I'm leaving in the first attempt, but definitely like this version better. Now will I have the energy to redo more of these?
I like how some shadow from the bridle is on Joe's forehead. It looks like Joe hits the gym every day.
It takes the sun to give really good photos and Photoshop (just a little).
Peter Lynn Venom II. Size unknown.
Paul and Susan with different ideas on proper foot attire.
Joe Hadzicki watching Chip try out the Little Dragonfly.
The wind is always good to see on the lakebed.
Looks like John is rotating his handles as Bazzer zips by.
I like how Bazzer's clothes match the colors of the blokart.
Looks like Fred is out for a cruise.
Foil and matching T-shirt.
Arriving as I was leaving. The weekend crowd was just starting to show up as I left to go fly sport kites at New Silverbowl Park. Sadly, the lights were off in anticipation of a soccer tournament the next day. So I went home and wallowed through 1800 pictures taken during the 2 days.
This is how the foil people park their sails when not in use.
(text Dean Jordan) Ivanpah Owl, one of two that Scott and i made. Sure would like to find out where the other one is. (Scotty doesn't make foils)
The tail is about 140 feet long and quite animated according to Dean Jordan. So I just showed some of it.
Ron Gibian (l) and Scott Skinner. I need a cooler hat. That's all folks. See you out on the lakebed next year. Hope you liked the pictures and people. They're a great bunch.