omg wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:29 am
guys, is it so hard to keep it to just abt Peak4s?!?
I wish there was a button to filter out all the ramblings of a person you don't want to see.
Here are my peak 4 tips for first time peak foilers.
Leave a bar connected to the kite. It makes setup and pack down so fast. You'll be in the water before the others are pumped up. I prefer a bar with a BRM style quick release, and grind the hook off your harness, so it doesn't dent your board when you crash. I don't find I need to use a cam cleat or trim, 70cm throw is plenty, I guess it depends on your arm length.
When launching, lay the kite at side of wind window, sand on the folded upwind tip. Unwind the bar just past the little shiny rings where your lines are attached, and sit bar on the ground. Pick up one of the top (A) bridles where it joins the leading edge of the kite, and shake it gently as you move back to the speed system, and make sure the speed system is clear and not twisted. That way it's clear and straight back to the main lines. Unwrap your kite lines, and launch.
The smaller the peak, the more gentle you need to be with bar pressure, otherwise it will back stall and rapidly pivot turn. Tune your line length so they're equal length. Keep just enough bar pressure so that the kite doesn't flap. If it's flapping, then you're on too big a peak, or you should hold a touch more bar pressure.
Land to side of wind window, touch tip to ground, and run a couple of steps towards the kite, so it sits flat on the ground. Disconnect bar from harness. Sit an object on the wing tip to hold the kite still, like a chewed up dog stick. Roll up lines to bridle. Flop left and right bridles onto kite. Sit bar on upwind tip of kite. Pickup downwind tip of kite, bring it to upwind tip. Keep lines inside kite, roll kite up from the tip, carefully with bar on outside of kite tip, lines inside kite. Fold in half, and into bag.
If you need to relaunch, be quick to keep line tension, and try to launch leading edge upwards. If it's sitting face down, better to gently steer it sideways with one back line. Reverse launching with both back lines can be risky that it will stall and collapse.
If the wind drops, with the kite flat on the water, and you need to deep water pack up the kite, be careful not to pull line tension as you roll up the lines onto the bar. It can fly backwards underwater if you pull on the lines. I find it is best to hold the bar in one hand, still clipped to my harness, and sit that arm on the middle of the board. Use your free hand to roll up the lines onto the bar, as you kick towards the kite to minimize line tension. When you get to the kite, sit on your board, roll up as much bridle onto the bar as possible. Tilt the tips to drain water out. Grab the leading edge, and roll it up onto the bar.
Learn to crash your hydrofoil without crashing your kite, it's an essential safety skill, and important for using peaks. A hydrofoil in your kite lines is just plain dangerous, so keep the kite in the air.
Wear a life jacket with the peak.
Use a foil board with some buoyancy, so you can sit on it to roll up the peak.
Don't go out further than you can swim.
Such a wonderful kite for foiling. They hang in the air like magic, but sometimes the wind dies and you have to be ready to pack up on the water.
I wish people wouldn't offer an opinion on the peak until they have actually tried flying one on a foil. I don't use inflatables any more.