Re: Self-Rescue: The big problem with Ram airs
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:42 pm
+1edt wrote: ↑Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:52 pmJust a word to those riding the inflatables: always pinch your struts off! It does no good to have a kite that can self rescue if you pop a valve and the entire kite turns into a laundry bag. I think maybe 90% of the kiters out there never in their life pinched a strut off. Too much effort? I dunno. Anyway if you ride an inflato and never pinch your struts you are in the exactly the same position as a foil kiter if your bladder pops. Swimming back to the launch with a laundry bag sucks. Good exercise though. Foil kites are too good to give up, there's always the temptation to go away from shore too far. Especially when you are on the foil + foil combo that thing has legs! But when the wind dies I mean really dies goes down to zero, and you are 2 miles from shore that's going to be a long embarrassing swim back. Never kite further away from shore than you can swim back. I know it's tempting to go out far because hydroil + foil kite can ride in the lightest puff but you want to make sure not to get more than a mile or so out, however far you feel comfortable you can swim back if you have to.
Everyone should own at least 1 foil kite and at least 1 hydrofoil. If just to understand what it's all about.
I try to tell my friends on the beach to pinch at least one strut, nobody cares, they look at me like I was from Mars.
Including my Son, untill he tomahawked his kite in an unhooked trick and it deflated completely.
He was about 200m from shore and still wasn't pretty
by the time he got it back on land. I don't need to tell him anymore to close at least one valve...