LeoLeal wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:39 am
darippah wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:12 am
Today’s I was Riding my 4m p4 in low to mid 20’s on a race foil. Failed attempt at a back roll landed my foil in my lines. Kite crashed and no chance at relaunch.
Rolled up my lines in deep water sitting on my board, let the water out of the kite and set up for a hot launch. There was lots of wind chop / bay waves crashing on the kite but was able to unwind the lines with tension and keep the LE out of the water. Kite launched in no time
Who said P4 can’t water relaunch ?
How long does it take to setup the kite and hot launch again. Can you describe how to do it? It´s a very important tool to have.
I would say the process took about 10-15 minutes total.
1) Hold both fly lines at the center of the bar, Wind up both fly lines once around bar before wrapping the front lines ( backstall position) then wind up remaining lines to reach the kite
2) lift the Leading edge of the kite up out of the water to drain the kite and lay the kite on its back with the leading edge catching wind, in the downwind position
3) keep line tension while unwinding the lines , yanking on the bar a little bit to keep the leading edge above water, without launching the kite. This will of course keep the kite dry, and encourage the kite to drift with the wind faster. Speed is key to avoid losing control
4) once unwound, pull on the front lines to lift the kite out of the water, control kite with bar. Let the kite flap to dry it out
5) apologize to anyone downwind for the "shower"
I was at the upper range of the 4m p4 in choppy waters however I think this would work in light winds too as long as there's enough wind to keep the Leading edge above water and there's only light chop
Share your experience if you try this!