edt wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:44 pm
Beardytello wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:40 pm
That's such a good idea that I never thought of! I've done about 10 self rescues in anger, all of them went pretty much to plan but the board is always a pain in the ass to secure. I just end up sort of holding it awkwardly.
Until someone had actually done a foil kite packdown in real life you don't know the pain it is keeping that hydrofoil near you. Gets in the bridle tangles the lines and if you let it go for a second it races downwind and you have to let your foil fill with water while you swim after it. You need the board can't just let it zoom downwind that's where you put the kite when it's packed up and swim back. A little bit of line goes a long way making a packdown easy.
I dont understand this?
Even on my small thin board, I sit on the board so a few litres higher in the water, while I pack down, or try to relaunch in low winds, or just drift comfortably ashore.
The bigger the board the better, but you can sit on any supersmall board, you just sit "deeper".
And pack a LEI down, or roll/pack a foilkite down.
This way you avoid many or all of above troubles
A lot easier to roll a kite up, even if you are just sitting a tad higher, in my experience.
Doing it while you "float" in the water yourself is by far the most difficult, and for me something I avoid.