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(very) minor lofting

Postby darippah » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:27 pm

Was just out on my 9m chrono in gusty 15-30 mph winds . did a small jump with late take off and before I knew it I was about 30 feet high which is not what I planned but also no big deal as I can handle a jump of that height

however since this was unplanned fear totally took me over and I went into brain paralysis mode

this got me thinking if I were in a much more danger situation god forbid I probably wouldn't have reacted properly , and say hit the release in time if being dragged relentlessly

figured I'd post my experience for those that arent fortunate enough to get scared on their own :)

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby BigR » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:51 pm

I've gone higher in the era of high aspect kites, prolly 45-50 ft.

newer kites don't go as high.

Really as long as you are far from shore, all is good.

I've seen my wife do similar. she weighs half,. Usually a big gust comes along

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby dyyylan » Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:57 am

Yeah, as long as you're far enough out it's not a big deal. Sometimes it's pretty fun when you think you hit the apex of your jump, and you get a gust or just hit some stronger wind when you get higher up, and you get that secondary lift.

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby Bigdog » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:14 am

I love it when this happens as long as I am not near shore ;) But you should benot jumping that close to shore if not ready for it anyway! No way you can react to pull the safety release IMO. It's just a nice second lift and you should enjoy it. :0}

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby darippah » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:35 am

yea i guess it wasnt smart jumping in those conditions so close to shore but the flat water between waves is soo tempting!

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby plummet » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:38 am

Got to love those boosts!!.. I'd claiming it a a wicked jump.

Chrono certainly does yank you up there in gusty conditions. I had my 12 out in 16-23 knots. Man. Some of those boosts when the justs hit were stupid.

I'm the other way around when it comes to getting punted higher than expected. I love it. Got used to it i guess riding foils with very little depower for years ......


Any way. Just let the bar out on the chrono, park it at the zenith, glide on down. redirect andBar in to land.

PS When being lofted there is no time to pull the release. Its too fast and too late. You need to fly the kite as you normally would for a jump and land it like normal then punch to safety upon landing.

PSS To land on land if yourve been punted too far off the water. Hold the kite back so it kills your foward momentum then let the bar out zenith the kite and bar in with only a very mild re-direct just be for landing. You should land super soft and slow like superman landing on a window sill.

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby darippah » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:35 am

it seems that this is just how the kite jumps!! especially with thermals where the wind increases the higher you get.

I just had a session in mid 20's on the 9m and every jump was insane! was easily getting 30+ feet which is not ordinary for me. what a great kite

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby F27Corsair » Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:53 am

I always thought this was a very unique solution to lofting-- Kite looping. I have never tried this, but for those w/ the balls to throw a kite loop in the middle of a loft, it hypothetically seems to work out pretty well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjrFW_yXCzY

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby Don Monnot » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:22 pm

I agree with a lot of the posts. That secondary boost is way fun, as long as you're well away from hard stuff. I got one of those yesterday, and squealed like a little kid. I was on a 15 in gusts to about mid-teens, then got hit with a 20+ gust just after take-off. What a rush. It gave me plenty of hang time to set up for a nice, soft touchdown, a nice distance from the beach, but right in front of a crowd. Way different than my usual crash and burn landings that I typically do in front of a crowd. Loved it. The advice on "on-land landings" sounds right. Glad I've never had to try.

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Re: (very) minor lofting

Postby randycasburn » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:55 pm

F27Corsair wrote:...
Off topic - I smiled when I saw your handle. I immediately wondered how many people on this forum know what an F27Corsair is 8)


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