Here at my school in Sumatra I have made a tool that works for people who go kiting but not know how to self land.
Attach it around a tree or something, hook your loop into the carabiner, walk to the kite . done.
That's the ticket!!! I put the 19m down in 18-20kns this way. If I hit it just right It goes down where I want if not it floats back and sets down 100% safe. Either way the kite is flagged the second you grab the center lines (with a 4-line kite only). 5 line kite can be done the same way but you grab the 5th to bring the kite down. You will get the same effect.Kamikuza wrote:I've seen kites crashed into the ground like that, but without the bar work.
I self-land all sizes of my kites by landing it on the tip, reaching up and grabbing the center lines, walking upwind around the kite and keeping tension on the centers, then hand over hand to the upper front line... worse failure mode is it floats into the air when I pull the upper front line and crashes down a few meters more downwind than I planned.
Everything he said is spot ongonewiththewind wrote:If you tether the chicken loop to a fixed object, that is not self-landing or self-launching. And it won't help you when you need to come to shore to fix something at an unexpected spot during your downwinder. And it won't help you when you travel to a big beach without any posts where you want to launch. It's a good supplementary method to use under certain circumstances. But very kiter should know how to self-launch and self-land his kite and practice it regularly. That means no tethering to stakes, posts, etc.
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