kitelife wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:23 pm
kitexpert wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:00 pm
Yes, don't try to fix that when out. Unnecessary and possible dangerous. Really inverted kite is when it is twisted so that lower surface and struts are above and facing the sky. I've seen that happen couple of times, in one occasion kiter just struggled back to shore with his shitty flying INVERTED kite. That was well done
Other one used QR and packed his kite in low water.
I’ve seen the same. Kiter rode it back to shore inverted.
Happened to me before, and happened again to me yesterday, same old crossbow kite in the photo except a 12m. Rode quad fin strapless surfboard for an hour, gusty and kept ramping up so had kite high. Picked up with bigger gusts/lulls, fully depowered, kite lowered in a lull then clips a wave and tumbles. As I slow to a stop, I see the kite getting washed in 5’ wind waves. When lines tension again the kite pulls thru bridles inverted. I’m a half mile out from shore so I decide to let the kite drag me closer before going for my safety. Had to reverse bar L/R sides to control the inverted kite. Saw anchor buoy downwind so I tried to get the kite in the air to avoid or at least see any tangle. Surprised, it flew overhead, and continued dragging me in inverted. Closer to shore, I put the kite on water ready to pull safety with enough time to crawl up the center/safety line to the kite before it reaches the beach. Next surprise, kite washed in the waves and ends up un-inverted, but I re-launched it to see it was torn TE to near LE. When flying this time the steering lines were wrapped inside the center lines. Pulled the safety before the kite ripped fully in two. The LE and all struts were still pumped hard.
Expect a kite may invert if wave washed and/or hitting the water at speed and tumbling.
Flying a kite inverted may have bridle lines against the canopy and may tear fabric. It will not be fully controllable and/or could start looping.
It may be possible to un-invert your kite if you re-crash it into big waves but it will increase the chances your kite gets damaged.
Take Away #4:
Twin Tip riding overpowered you probably can dig in and jump or slow to stop. On a tri-fin round/pin tail surfboard you probably can point upwind hard to drag/slide the tail out. But, a quad fin wide tail surfboard turns slower and instead of sliding may only track and pick up speed.
Avoid anchor buoys at all costs, or things could get way worse…