So I have a bit of a strange question. I've been kiting for two years now and I've got transitions down pretty well. I can ride toeside in both directions and do a carving turn, and I can jump up to 4m.
I've been using a 2019 F-One Bandit (10m) and a 2016-ish F-One breeze (13m). Recently I've bought an older Bandit 8 (8m) for when there is more wind. I've been practicing with adding a kite loop (downloop) to my transitions so that I can keep more speed riding out of a carving turn. I have absolutely no problems doing this loop on the 13m or the 10m kite. However, I took out the 8m yesterday in 24/25kts, gusting to 29, and something strange was happening.
Any time I would depower by moving the bar away from me completely, the kite would not steer anymore. Anytime I would ride towards the kite (e.g. on a transition turn) the kite would not steer anymore.
I've basically narrowed it down to three options, and I was hoping someone here could chime in
1. (Most likely) I am used to newer kites that retain their steering ability better than the older one I used yesterday in a depowered situation. I just need to keep power on the bar (sort of scary when looping it...) and time my carving turn better to keep tension on the lines.
2. (Less likely) I was perhaps using too much depower on the trim strap... I thought I trimmed out nicely and was very comfortable riding, but perhaps I should've trimmed so that I would retain steering control when the bar was fully away from me. I'm not sure if I could've done this without causing a backstall when the bar was fully near me, but I could've tried in hindsight...
3. (Not as likely) Something else is wrong with the kite or the lines. I did have a problem with some sand in the deflate valve that caused the kite to start jellyfishing after about an hour of riding, so I guess the high pressure was out of the kite pretty fast and it was a bit of a wobbly ride... Not really great for kite control I can image...