Maybe 60cm will be more appropriate. With 50cm is definetely too short according to Stef Goffinet who also ordered one.I set it up for downwind launch and used my 55cm LF Mission bar with 20m lines.
Yes you can use a sand bag or anything that will not be aggressive with the kite (I used an old tire once for instance). You fold the upwing tip and put the sand bag on it and do a 45° launch as you would do with sand directly on the tip. With experience, self launching, including in (very) strong wind is safe (I would say safer than with an assistant as you have a total control).I
** If I'm launching on grass, can I use small sandbags to hold the trailing edge? Can I do an assisted launch at 45deg with something on the tip?
I mainly use FS peak bars on my waves. What I like are the black plastic ball that are on the pre-lines. There are high enought to fully backstall the kite while piloting it when you go down. You can go to one side of the wind window, get the kite low and then backstall it on the ground, trailing edge on the ground. You keep the back lines in your hands so that it does not fly away and you can go up the lines to take the kite. Don't be slow as the kite may still be able to fly because of its design. Learn this in little wind, you will get more confident over time.
Self landing was a little more of an issue, mostly I think because of my lack of foil experience.
I'm not quite clear on this, can you explain further? Do you mean go to the kite pulling the back lines hand over hand as you walk, leaving the bar on the beach?You keep the back lines in your hands so that it does not fly away and you can go up the lines to take the kite.
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