jeromeL wrote:pretty obvious to another kiter
I have seen the kiter walk towards the launcher many many times, and the launcher just moves back, the kiter moves towards the kiter, the launcher moves back and back over and over.
Not a reliable way to abort a launch. I seen a launcher go all the way into the ocean, before he finally quit backing up and set down the kite, lol.
I also have seen plenty of kites thrown into the air even though the kite was way too far upwind so it just tumble-weeded downwind until it hot launched. You don't want to make assumptions about what a launcher will do. You want to explicitly tell them.
That's why we need a uniform "abort the launch" symbol. Tapping the head, hand across the through those are a bit too close to the thumbs up signal for my taste, because the hand will go up towards the head maybe the thumb happens to be out and the hand is not in a fist, so the launcher might let go of the kite as soon as the hand begins an upward motion and he thinks he sees a thumb and only after the kite is launched does he see the motion completed as tapping the top of the head or slitting the throat.
I think the hand motion has to be downwards so there is no mistake the kite should be on the ground not up in the air.
But i'm not too picky I would be happy with any signal as long as it is uniform. Even tapping the top of the head would be ok as long as everyone aborts a launch the same way so we are all looking for the same signal.