gmb13 wrote:You cannot take a stock 21m2 Flysurfer and rig it as a paraglider. It will never pass the tests. ...
We do not allow our own teamriders to promote this type of activity and we strongly distance ourselves from all kinds of soaring and flying with kites. Sooner or later someone is going to die doing it, that is for sure.
Listen to --Gunnar-- This Guy has a Brain and knows how to use it.
This is NOT suppose to be a Macho thing, like parents telling children
that fire can Burn Ya !!
This is an example of just how strong a PG is :
I was on my Gin-Zulu PG, & i got trapped at 3K AGL,(above ground level)
with a Desert gust front heading straight for me ; Not enough time to
safely descend before being hit with 35+ winds, as the dust was being
lifted a few miles ahead up-wind.
I reached up and pulled the B-risers down to my Balls, (this folds the PG in 1/2)
and Ya descend with a RUSH that's Better then 100 cups of Starbucks espresso !!
I let go of the B-lines at about 100ft AGL, which left just enough room to
recover , and complete a 180 to land into the wind.
We lived to drink another Beer ; the Pot had essentially NO effect. This isn't the first
time i had to use this maneuver to escape weather ; i once found out that
the (Ozone Rush) is just as strong as my Gin Zulu.
Without Ever flying a PG with Gunnar, i'm willing to bet that he also has had
asymmetrical collapses that tent to jerk the pilot with enough force that
holding the sphincter shut can be difficult .
The point here is :
A Water kite isn't even Close to the strength as a PG or a HG !
NOT even in the same category ; making a Kite-boarder realize that
is near impossible. (sigh)
If you Want to fly ; do it with a machine that's built for it (.)
And it should also be obvious that I am Not some overly conservative
fool that holds the PePe , & cry's for Mommy, every time something
makes me scared !
Go read my last Thread : (Looking at my kite)
I bet Most of Ya would-a sheeted out and slowed down the moment
you lost your night-vision ; i Sped-Up and cherished the Rush ; tried
to see if i could handle the situation without crashing. Death Wasn't eminent !!
ALL THAT and------------------ i Wouldn't jump off a mountain with a water-kite ;
i'm Catholic , and suicide is against my religion.