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TomW
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flying a foil kite- tips needed

Postby TomW » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:53 am

I bought a Sonic 2 13m used and had it out for 2 hrs and 40kms yesterday while racing for first time. I'm not into racing, but freeride, and I'm not likely to race at that level again.
This was first time on the kite, with 50cm bar and 20m lines.

I've had my Hyperlink for 2 months and have 20+ hours on it. That's my only foil kite experience.

At first kite was easily back stalling, so I lengthened the rears 50mm. So it flew much better. I think I could have had rears even longer.

Wind was at beginning rather light and I struggled to get up by diving the kite like I do on Hyperlink. It would lose all power as I turned it upwards. After a while I discovered I could put kite at 45 degrees on opposite side of start direction, pull on one rear line to pivot kite so it moved horizontal across the wind window. then just sine it up and down a little to get up speed.,
In higher wind it was way easier and no problems.
Water start tips welcome, both light and stronger winds.

While flying I found I need to not sheet in so much, it's good to let kite breath. Correct?
Perhaps my rear lines were still too short.

Then during transitions, it was completely different too. I'm not sure what to do, but to do a up turn with kite during gybe I get huge amount of Slack. Need to keep kite lower? Tighter turn with board?
And is it even possible to down loop it!? Do I need to reach up and pull leader line to start a down loop?

Simple guidelines and tips welcome.

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Re: flying a foil kite- tips needed

Postby cwood » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Lots of good questions.
You speak of changing line lengths. Remove them from the kite and check them. Best to start from 4 equal with bar just touching the swivel under tension. 50cm bar is pretty small for that kite. The sonics take some time to turn and I would not run less than 60 on that. Also, how old is the kite? have you checked the mixers? This kite in proper trim is just a dream of stability.

Sheeting too long kills the sonic......let it breath on the upstroke for sure. They are also wonderful to loop on startup in lighter wind. I put the kite at 12 ish and send the kite around in the opposite direction you intend to go so that when it completes the loop it is going forward in your intended direction. I sometimes give the steering line a little tug to start it turning over in the really light stuff. Allow yourself to go down wind with it and you can pop right onto the wing.

If its light wind you really need to loop the kite on gybes. Start high so you have the room. When windy enough if you leave it lower out in front of you you can turn it over in a non loop transition if you keep some line tension. Regardless don't run down wind too long before your carve or you will make the letters of the alphabet with the kite and have a swim.

TomW
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Re: flying a foil kite- tips needed

Postby TomW » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:56 pm

Thanks, kite felt really stable, flew in super light wind and a few others had Soul, DIABLO in the water. No problems with kite behaviour really. I'm sure all of it is my skills.

Kite supposedly has 12hrs on it. The bridle lines, mixers lines, look good, but there's some fabric discolouration thar makes me wonder.( you always wonder). Kite was used in dusty, dry area apparently.. Will check mixers.

Bar is Ozone and new. Lines are calibrated and I use it on standard settings, the Sonic needed the extra 50mm.

Thanks for start tip.


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