leeuwen wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:13 am
I got a Slingshot ghost 4m that I have now used twice.
Both times 25-35 knots territory.
I noticed that when the wind picks up I am able to buckle the kite during my water starts (still beginner, so quite often in the water).
The kite buckles/folds inwards at around 3/4 the the way down.
The second time I made sure to inflate the kite to 10 PSI so that’s not it.
Am I just putting to much load on the kite during my starts?
I am a bit lazy and just use the kite power to get me up, I think I can prevent it most of the time if I am more careful with kite steering so I am doing that but I never had to do that with my other kites.
Eg I don’t have this issue with my 5m airrush ultra or 6m kauper.
In the long run it probably doesn’t really matter because I plan to do less water starting and more riding
but I just wondered if people have similar experiences.
For other readers, the ghost is a single strut kite.
I have read in my perusing forums at least one or two similar accounts of the kite folding when it is worked hard even in light winds foiling.
Personally if I saw that happen, I would return the kite.
But in my case I have not seen any buckling on the 4m ghost and I do work the kite very hard. But all my time on the kite has been foiling.
I did see a friends kid out on his ghost 4m and a surfboard in high winds and it looked fine. I was on a 5m and surfboard.
I can offer up that small kites are very easy to stall because their angle changes more for a given amount of bar movement than larger kites.
It is very easy when you are trying to start to pull the bar in too far and stall the kite, especially when you are on the low end of the kite and I think it would be hard for me to use the 4m in 25 knots.
So you might try trimming a little less power when it is light or use the knot closer to the kite on the front lines.
Another thing to check is the pressure. You might try another pump. 10 psi is getting to that spot where it is hard to pump.
Also, you might have a leak in a valve or the bladder. Double check the kite when you get back. Sometimes I have seen where the air is warm and the water cold that the kite can get softer. Also, after a good tumble in the waves.
Sling shot does use that bungee attachment in the bridle so it turns better when drifting. That might be a contributing factor but it is also found in the sst.
However my bottom line would be if the kite is properly inflated, it should not buckle. That is the last thing I would want in a high wind kite.