evan wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:27 am
If everyone took the same care into a launch as I must to launch a foil for a big air session, launch accidents should be a thing of the past.
launch accidents I have seen or read are from bad practice, hurry, worn/faulty gear or the lack of using the quick release.
simply let go of the bar as a first response.
I know what you are saying and with ram airs you are doing a self launch/ no assistant ... only have your self to blame if your get hurt or worse
I have done about 800 self launches with ram airs in all kinds of winds and from that... i took that experience to self launch in the same way with LEI'S...now about 2700 self's
Exactly the same way...kite on it's back....pull the kite strings at a 45 degree angle to the trailing edge...weigh the upwind wingtip & trailing edge...don't fold the LE tube
I even keep all my kites with their own lines / bars always on.... just like the ram airs i used to own...so that all my kites are all pre-tuned before any session
Worse thing to do in high wind is to borrow a bar from a kite school (just an example) and fit it to your 8 sqm tube kite and launch in 30++ knots
You have no idea if the front lines are stretched out to the point that when you launch ...your back lines will be too tight and the kite dangerous
Like evan says ...first response is to take both hands off the bar asap
Push or twist that QR asap
And finally if the kite still pulls you with QR released ...kite spinning with power...know how to quickly ( and you should practice it ) ...ditch the leash...disconnect from kite
The faster you can do all this... the greater are your chances of survival....as the wind gets stronger and stronger