Flyboy wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:52 am
I have a situation where the wind direction/land conditions make side launching extremely difficult. As it is a spot where I foil, I'm not launching with a lot of power, so I'm not really concerned about powering up the kite - securing the kite before launching is the dilemma. Has anyone developed a technique for solo hot launching a tube kite?
in light winds I have often done just this to hot relaunch which is very satisfying to get right, and easy after a few trial attempts.
with the kite down on its leading edge,
weighted down by sand in the canopy in the usual way for safety, or as i would sometime do, just use my old Ttip as a weight resting on the edge but not inside the canopy,
lines out the back downwind is best for this, but can be done the other way around if less room to cope with.
hook up and get in a position to walk around with the lines pulling the kite round so the open face of the canopy is eventually fully facing the wind, if the wind is light no drama, just a little bit of a constant pull to lean back against, but keep your hand over the quick release just to be safe, then --
once you are happy and sure you can control the next step, then do this next step --
reach up and grab the 2 rear lines in one hand, hold using a safe simple grip, and let one of lines run out a little so they are uneven, i find you only need to let it out a little, maybe a few inches/cm, this will allow the kite to rotate as you pull these lines firmly back in towards you, at all times keeping your bar in your other hand ready to fly the kite up once the kite has rotated,
(note! your bar must be round the right way for normal flight, its so easy to get this wrong)
as soon as the kite rotates around then very quickly let go of the rear lines and grab you bar firmly and get your feet in line to slide any excess power out safley, dont run or fast step forward, just slide it out,
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