chapinkite wrote:Thanks again guys. 5 line kites is where I'm having most trouble unwraping lines. Would you recomend keeping tension on one of the back lines, the 5th line or none?. Thanks again good winds!
I think there is a consensus on first unwrapping the line then let the kite drift. So doesn't matter how you wrapped line.
I submerge leading edge under water so canopy fills up nicely then let it drift once lines are all the way out downwind.
Other people recommend holding one line while letting the kite drift downwind, on a five line kite I would hold the fifth line.
Recently we had to launch with a spot with no beach/room, we launched each other in the water. Last person did a drift launch but didn't put water on canopy so kite tumbled downwind then it launched and started to deathloop, luckily quick released killed it.
I have problems with statements like "there is a consensus with unwrapping all of the lines, then let the kite drift".
Especially when there is a description of a failed drift launch attempt in the same post.
Even if you put water on the canopy, how many times does the water fall off the canopy resulting in a kitemare?
With modern front line flagging kites, I don't see why anyone would not pre-flag the kite before letting it drift. You have control over the kite during the entire drifting, and very little is left to chance.
I am sure that some people will drift the kite while unwrapping the lines ( as I do ), and others may use a bucket or some other way to keep the lines organized while letting the kite drift.
However, I feel that letting a kite freely drift with no tension on any lines, is scary and reckless. Regardless of how many times people got lucky with that method in the past.
As for drift launching with a board with you, I have taken an extra leash with me and tethered the board to me that way.