You can definitely hot launch the Peak4 safely. I've been using the safe hot launch ability of the Peak4 plus its ability to stay in the air in gusty and light wind, to explore kite spots I wouldn't like to take an inflatable or twin skin foil kite.vakiter wrote: ↑Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:42 pmthanks for all the responses.
about my launches:
i am in the chesapeake bay, va. the launches are varied depending on wind direction and tide, mostly small amount of beach, with nearby oysters, docks, trees, marsh, etc. my tethers put the kite sometimes on land, sometimes in water. if i drift launch when light, it might take a while, but wind usually varies so it frequently works. for drift launch i have standing ability for the launch, and deep water nearby to ride. sometimes i fail, and go back in without launch. i am very used to swimming in, and assume this when going out.
i am hearing a lot of pro-peak4 advice.
if i can hot-launch the peak4, i could have different launch abilities.
i'm a newb, i can transition toeside/heelside on foil, i have LF rocket/thruster/impulse, because they are interchangeable and cheap (relatively!)
another random idea; i heard @jumptheshark talking about removing struts from old kites, and have also been considering this on a 2011 rrd 13.5 vision. (with his advice to try before i cut!)
Regarding "socks" for the tips, I was thinking the same. Would be interesting to hear how well this works. Another idea would be lightweight foam instead of air. I think there was a video of someone doing this for an earlier model.
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