Xaxpop wrote: ↑
Sat May 04, 2019 7:48 pm
I recently bought a used ocean-rodeo flite 17m (2014) and last time i used it i ran into a tricky situation.
The wind died down some and i was having trouble re-launching so i decided to call it quits, pulled the safety (the kite was downwind, on the water, leading edge down) and was planning on it flagging out so that i could pull it in and walk in with the kite myself.
The flite has a two line safety system and what happend was that i released correctly, the bar went away the full distance (atleast quite a bit) but the kite didn't flag out it kept standing up, leading edge down against the water with power (not a lot since the wind was light).
But it was enough wind so that i couldn't pull the bar in on the safety line.
In the end i had to walk in to towards the beach with the kite on the water, standing up, under some power and some guys on the beach could walk out and get it for me.
Have you had similar experiences? What do i do if that happens again?
As it is now i don't really know what to do when the wind dies and i can't relaunch, if i pull safety to pack up and it doesnt flag out i'm in a pretty sucky spot...
Anyhow if you have any tips or tricks on how to handle this or how to head back into the beach if the wind drops without pulling safety i'd appreciate it.
It depends on your local area I would say, but if you like many spots dont have rocks, and got a free beach it is easy.
If the wind drops so you can not relaunch, it is much better NOT to release your mini 5th, and let the kite pull you towards shore.
When you can stand on the bottom, you can relaunch the kite in a lot less wind even when it is in the water, and problem is solved here in most cases
If still not sufficient wind or too deep (and again, if possible at your spot) let the kite drift LE down on shore, and now you will, with experience, be able to relaunch it in almost no wind, maybe backing it up.
This is how experienced relaunch when riding foils in really light wind, where a waterrelaunch is not possible.
You can even steer WHERE you want to end on land if you are a bit out, pulling one or the other rear line - then the kite pulls you in the same direction
Upside is, if a gust comes along on your journey, you have the bar in your hands and can just relaunch it.
If wind is so light that nothing is possible for you on shore, just tug hard on one rearline so the kite turns sideways to the wind, walk a bit to the opposite side and tug again so kite is into the wind - and you have "landed".
This method depends on your location of course, but if a beginner I would stay away from locations where above is not an option anyways.
I would be careful NOT pulling/winding lines no matter if released or not, as you might get caught in the lines which can lead to drowning, or severe injury if the wind suddenly picks up.