I don't think this is needed with the 5m peak and below. I don't know about the bigger sizes. That said, all my bars have a long throw away..
This actually sounds pretty spot on. Once the kite bowtied itself, there was probably no relaunching it without straitening it out first, and with more practice, I'm sure I'd get better at it. I don't know how to tell if the lines are inverted on the water, though it's not too critical as foil kites will fly OK with the steering lines inside out. In some ways this was a "difficult" relaunch, but then I did get it back in the air with no previous experience relaunching this kite. I had more trouble relaunching closed-cell foil kites before I was experienced with them.jumptheshark wrote: ↑Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:06 amI cant believe you got that back up! Kudos for effort dude. That was a floppy crash for sure. Mostly due to the fact you let the bar all the way out. Let it crash on purpose like that and I bet it gets floppy every time! Crash holding the bar and your far more likely to get a straightforward LE down that holds shape or a wingtip drag to drop on either LE or flat onto its back. Both recoverable if you know which one your dealing with. You get flippy floppy like that and all bets are off until you do a reset. No one said this is a water kite for everyone, but you've just shown that even being new to it, with a little persistence you can get it back up from a near worst case scenario. A little practice and you will pull it off on the first reset.
That whole guesswork section at the beginning was time wasted. If you're not sure how the kite is oriented and don't luck into something after 30 sec, its a reset. The more you mess around with it tensioned as a sea anchor the more water logged the kite and the messier the bridle. Decide quickly and swim to it while wrapping with as little tension in the lines as possible. It looked like you pulled the kite to you as you wrapped, which makes for uneven tension in lines being wrapped and a much harder unwrap. Swim to it arms over your board kicking like its a kick board, wrapping well with the goal of setting up a clean unwrap. It was windy enough to make everything a challenge, but the key is to get it sorted and onto its back with ZERO line tension. You cant open it up and let it out from there. For sure open it up while holding near the LE of both tips so you can make sure the bridles are not wrapped around the back, but then close it again, tip to tip and get it flat on the water. Then let out wraps of line from the bar to get the whole bridle out and a few more wraps of flying line to provide the needed slack. Hold up the top tip enough for it to catch, fill and then let it go. It should flop out straight downwind with you holding the upwind tip, Bridles all on the TE side. Then its a matter of pulling the upwind tip toward you an arms length at a time and flopping it to the side to get the kite oriented properly to catch wind, still with no tension on the bridle lines, especially the rears. With no tension it should stay flat. Then let the kite go and unwind fast enough to get the rest of the lines out cleanly before they tension and be ready on the fronts with one hand and the bar in the other to control the catch, fill, tips emptying and launch.
The best solution is rig a smaller size. If you just see the trailing edge flapping a bit, that's no big deal.
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