Thanks for that. Even though I don't understand a word of it. It looks almost as painful as windsurfing, and I did that from 1980-2005! I'm so glad these pioneers stuck with it to eventually deliver us the kites we have today.
Sorry, here’s an article on it: http://kitethoughtsfromthefield.blogspo ... ridle.html
Fixed bridle kites are more powerful the modern depowerable kites but the problem is when you get by a gust there is no give. When I took a lesson on the old Wipika kite, 2 line, big metal bar, wrist leash, I was body dragging and got hit by a gust and if lifted me out of the water and ripped the bar out of my hands breaking the wrist leash and all I could see was the kite getting smaller as it went higher and the instructor running down the beach to retrieve the kite. Since they were 2 line kites and didn’t have a fancy swivel, you had to roll your body to untwist the lines after a loop, or called “alligator roll”.
There was only one other student taking lessons on Maui that week, a guy from Iowa, and he bought the gear for I think $1,200, seemed like a waste since the gear was so primitive back then and it quickly improved.