Anyone care to share their version of the safest way to launch a kitesurfing kite solo?
The older windsurfer-turned-kitesurfer guys on PEI rigged up an anchored buoy and the buoy has a piece of steel shaped like the hook on a harness. We get our kites pumped, lay out our lines and attach the anchored hook onto the chicken-loop of the bar. Then we attach the kite to the lines and walk the kite upwind around the edge of the wind-window until it stands like a ( or backwards ) depending on which way you choose to go. The kite will usually stand like a ( [or backwards ) ] waiting to be flown up. As long as the buoy and steel hook are anchored well, the kite will sit waiting for you. If it's really gusting it might hop up slightly but it will glide down after the gust until you are ready to fly it up. So after I attach my lines to my kite and walk the kite the sweet spot where it stands still (not pushing forwards dragging on sand and shells or flying up and going backwards), I walk to the kite with no worries of the kite slipping away, and I grab the chicken-loop and attach it to my harness. When I am ready I fly the kite upwards and head to sea with board in hand.
To land, I fly the kite 45 degrees to the left or right while I am looking directly downwind. I bring it down smoothly and land it nicely on the beach or waters edges, and then attach the chicken-loop back onto the anchored buoyed hook, walk to the kite & pull the plug if I'm done for the day, or just drop it with the leading edge into the wind and on the ground with board on top for extra security.
I ride Best’s Kahoona. It’s the ultimate in free-style kites.
I would like to know more about the "buoy" and anchor.
How deep is the water? How much does the depth change with the tide?
How is it anchored? How much force does it take to move the anchor? Is the anchor buried in the bottom or does it stick up?
Is the hook on something that floats? Does the hook have something that locks the chicken loop in place, like a carabiner?
It sounds like the anchor and buoy set-up is designed for use with only bridled kites, which respond well to the "Ghost Launch" or "Staked Launch" style of self-launch. Does anyone launch a "C" kite from the set-up?