Hi Harry, thanks. Here in Holland we have a long tradition with ice-sailing craft, and there are some interesting race classes. The fastest ones resemble those long beach sailing things and are pretty scary.
I hope to get more control out of this contraption then I had with skates on, that was scary - shimmying like mad and totally unable to edge hard. I look at this like one big skate with two feet across.
I’ll try to shoot some video when we go out to test it!
here’s a nice little vid of the ice sailors http://vimeo.com/2977824
yeah unlike this winter we are supposed to have a couple of weeks of ice, many times glare quality like on that vid. Got to say the winters in the past decade sucked for skating fun and now there’s a whole gen of Dutchies who don’t know how to skate properly - except for those speed types in tights that never try natural ice because they think it’s bad for their perfected butt up style.
Actually I think this here design with a good kite like the Rise can be as fast as the DN’s because the direct edge control would allow you to hold more power.
BTW did I say that this design is inspired by this guy:
How do you make small adjustments in the tracking angle so as to go upwind or downwind? I guess you can pivot on the center blade. I am very curious to see how your Mako Ice works. Of course you will have to make a Wide series after the “Classic” has been out a few years. ; )
Well Kirk, the wide will arrive sooner than I thought. I took the phase 1 proto out today and managed to go for a couple of hundred meters. Starting up is hard on glare ice, as is balance, particularly at lower speeds.
The kite isn’t much help to keep you standing as the friction is too low to keep good tension on the lines.
The triple-in-line skate setup works very though.
So back to the drawing board:
I really hope I can find some time to build this before the ice has gone. Then again, there’s a real kiteboard in the basement waiting to get wet!
What about making the body hour glass shaped like a regular snow board and make the middle blades slightly higher than the flanking ones? You ride straight when balanced on the center. When you dig in the rear blade the board starts to carve upwind.