You are not producing 150+ lbs of force when you hooked in, because you are not hanging from the kite straight down. This force is applied sideways and if 150+ lbs force pull you from the hook you are not going to keep the balance. If you are holding a chicken loop in your hand you can brace with your legs more naturally and effectively, think about tag-a-war game, your foot start slipping before you even let go of the rope.grigorib wrote: ↑Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:18 amIn such steady wind if you launch and kite “drifts” downwind, I’d prefer to be upwind of both a pilot and the helper, as pilot shouldn’t have signaled the launch and neithe the helper should have released the kite. So staying upwind of unpredictable is your friend.
In gusty/strong wind your single hand grip might need to produce 150+ lbs of force to compensate your body weight. Not everyone can do that and then you will be destroying your kite and put people/property downwind of you at risk.
Above technique proves somewhat useful when broken shells are present on the beach, unfortunately, rather useful to local repair shops which might probably sponsor such methods of launching.
Checking the lines is pretty wise move some often forget though
Properly de-powered kite at the edge of the wind window will produce much less force than 150 lbs, somewhere around 20 lbs force, maybe less. Should be able to hold the kite by the chicken loop easily, if not then you are rigging way too big a kite for the conditions.
I wish kite schools teach students how to hold the kite by the chicken loop only at the edge of the wind window, they should be comfortable doing that. The less student touches the bar the better, I see quite opposite on the kite beaches right now - beginners grip the bar too tight and pull the crap out it during launch. How many times you have kite collapse over you when you are launching someone and they stay way upwind and start pulling that bar.