PullStrings wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:58 pm
As soon as catcher grabs tight the resting upright LE immediately move towards him/her to totally slack the front lines and facilitate the handling of the kite
Very helpful to make it easier for less experienced catchers
Catchers that are experienced will at the same time walk towards the rider holding the kite in the U shape until they meet half way
And congratulate him saying wow !! what a great session you looked good out there in those waves !!
Stepping toward the catcher is the right thing to do in all cases. Not just with a kite resting and pinned.
The kite should be brought to the catcher so they don’t have to run around like a chicken.
Also, stepping back when launching. The launcher should come from downwind, clear the lines and walk back and tension them as they walk up wind.
Ideally the launcher should be able to let go and the kite will just sit there.
I know there are exceptions to this depending on the site.
I also think the catcher should only use one hand in the middle of the kite when launching. Exception being really big kites in which case as close to middle as practical.
I have had the Catcher uses two hands on the tip when launching and you can’t get all four lines tensioned because they are bending the kite.
I have also had on numerous occasions where I am the catcher and the launcher gets upwind and tension in one of the front lines but hasn’t walked backwards so it begins to push you back and or upwind.
A good launch to me is when the catcher lets go and the kite just sits there.
I don’t like when people launch with a board in one hand, the launch signal is not clear. I am also not a big fan of launchers quickly sending the kite to 12 o’clock followed usually by a jump on the beach. A kite moving quickly on launch is usually a sign of something gone wrong,
Although I realize in some cases because the launch is sheltered get the kite up or down quickly is a necessity.
Lately I have seen some newer kiters with great on the water skills and sloppy launching and landing technique.