Lol this was me for my first 6 months of foil kite ownership. Not the case nowadays. I'm on the water now before an inflatable kite owner has finished pumping their kite, or thereabouts. Pack up is equally quick. Self landing is a bitch over 10 knots but I've done it by pulling the safety in winds up to 35 knots.Kozzie wrote: ↑Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:36 pmLanding foil kites unassisted is next to impossible without some drama.
They dont fully flag out due to the mixer system. So the flop and roll like a fish on a pier and continue to do so even once youve gotten upto them and sand bagged a wingtip. The waiting time to pack up etc is pretty crazy and i end up just bundleing them up and having to cart it off in a giant stuff sack that we use for tandem paragliders and taking it to a location with grass and no wind at all. Trying to concertina fold foil kites in the wind is absurd. And damn near impossible without a proper tube bag with a few belts sewn into it.
Ive landed paragliders in some pretty windy conditions but due to them being open cell can pack far easier then closed cell foil kites.
If someone would have told me i would have a hard time landing and packing a foil kite unassisted i would have laughed and thought they were idiots. Especially with my years spent packing up tandem paragliders as quick as possible for work and flying privately myself.
I dont even bother trying to pack up on the beach anymore just bundle it up unzip the vents and drive somewhere without wind saves alot of time and energy.
I think the launching and flying not a problem for a begginer. But the landing and secureing in high winds can be quite an issue. Even in 10 knots its problematic but 20 knots forget about it
Anyway, I reckon he should get an inflatable too and save the foil for when he's ready to get into foil boarding.