PaulMcD wrote:This was a very interesting thread for the most part with both Jon and Rick providing some very good advice and dialogue. Experimental Player (how about your real name) and others have ruined a good discusion. The real purpose of my message is to offer a defense of Jon. I know Jon well and he cares about kiting in all it's aspects including safety. He is one of the nicest and most approachable top level kiters you will ever meet and always finds time to chat with novices and experts alike. One of our local kite spots got a bit overcrowded this summer and local beach goers were getting upset. Jon took control of the dialogue, got everyone to agree to a few simple rules and peace reigns. He did so with his signature easygoing style. I would suggest that experimental player perhaps remain safely ensconsed on his BP rig.
I agree. I don't know Jon personally, but if you say so, that's good enough for me.
Props to Jon.
I too am really curious about this stuff. I have been landing hybrid kites the way Jon demonstrates for about a year (top front line). I have even modded my bars so that I don't have to grab the line. It works up to about 25k most of the time. I have noticed when it fails, it is usually really windy, or gusty, and as I try to land the kite, wind gets under the LE, "turns the kite over" and it often gets litt, right through the power zone.
This is bad! Therefore, I would be hesitant to try it in 40 on an oversized kite.
Slamming it into a tree and tearing the kite to shreds seems the safest to me (no, I am not joking around) if all by yourself in this scenario. Or just saying "goodbye, Mr. Kite!"
What method has lowest odds of totally kicking your ass (on a large kite in high, unpredicted winds)?
In a couple of our spots, letting totally go (leash and all) is the last option, due to a highway, otherwise I wouldn't be so interested in this thread. Does anyone have high confidence of self landing a hybrid/bow in extreme winds with an oversized kite? Injury to the kite is fine in my mind, btw.
I just don't want to let it go and have possible harm occur on the interstate nearby.
Thanks for any inputs about really high wind events.
Obviously, avoidance of the situation is key and I hope to not have this happen. But, we have had some really whack stuff come through this year that wasn't all that obvious to a casual obverser. 15 to 35+ happened at least 6 maybe 9 times over the past 6 weeks here.