I've heard this method is dangerous but I haven't figured out why.
I know the kite pulls very little when the 5th line safety is deployed. I can easily
hold it (12m) with one hand in <20kts.
Here's the technique I'm talking about.
I layout my lines, straight up wind, then pump up my kite, set it LE down with weight as per usual. I go back to the bar, pull the 5th line through the bar
up to the stopper and clip (the 5th) to my board (or a sand bag if >15kts).
I then go back to the kite, hook up all 5 lines as per usual. But then I grab the kite and flip it on its back, wing tips up, kite straight down wind, let go of it and wait for it too steady out a bit.
I then walk back up the lines, clip 5th to my safety. Mean while the kite is still on its back
wing tips flapping. I then haul in the bar and launch.
It's the same idea as if I had deployed my 5th line and then re-launched.
So far I've only used this technique in <20kts.
I especially like it in the winter time, it's easier to keep the kite from sliding away.
Any c-kiters out there fill me on the inherent problems with this solo launch technique?
I know, buy a bow kite
But seriously, any comments or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.