BigSky wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:06 am
...This thread has really valuable information in it on solo landing. Thank you to the more experienced posters and keep up the information. I'm looking forward to trying it out. I had brake lines installed on all my bars. I realize this isn't required but it seems easier with a sand spike for a newer pilot. Any issues with these? Super helpful guys. Thank you.
nice you like the kite, which is indeed one of the best foil starter kites since many years I know.
1. For solo landing a foil kite there are many technics which should be choosed by reflection the own abilities, wind force and spot situation. Much to much variablity to start to explane, on the end it is all about experience and refecting your abilities. If you are not sure about this, the safety is always your option Nr. 1 as in some cases in strong winds also for me, additionaly sometimes in the (shallow) water, in distance to all obstacles.
2. If you have to solo land very often in higher winds without useful windshadows or soft obstacles for the kite, you may think about a 5th "FDS"-line even if there is no serial one offered, but it is not hard to refit one form a similar kite like here: https://flysurfer.com/downloads/downloa ... -fds-12-0/
just take care it has a secured breaking load of over 160 daN overall and 1/2 m of slack to not influence depower sitting most time on B-level.
3. If you land the way first wind window side than backstall by "over sheeting" I do not recommend a break line and especially not a sand spike even if some manufacturers are giving this with the kite. In short, both in my eyes is not necessary but instead prevents clean usage but can cause even dangerour situation. I used both around 17 years ago and had my, unwanted 20 m fullpower jump starts ... and running behind kites after they stayed "without problem" on their spiked place for many sessions ... till everything went wrong , etc. ...
I also don't recommend to grab into tensioned flying lines to pull yourself to an unfixed kite.
4. One of the most important way to control a foil kite in many situations, not just landing, which unfortunately even many foil kiters after 10 years never learned, is shown in this video from Armin:
It is very valid to learn to stear your foil kite all ways and the moment when you can't sheet in anymore as your bar touches the chickenloop is the moment you should learn to over sheet by exactly: slipping with one hand to the floater and kicking it out and then pulling it in while the other hand goes on pulling in the other side of the bar stick. Just try it in low wind first and then get the feeling in which wind you may control landing your kite this way.
This way you can:
- backstall your kite in lulls,
- when you want to controll it during landing,
- if you want to pull it into the wind window to produce a short power spike,
- to have the ears filled and popped out during start
and even if you missed a jump to prevent swinging under the kite, as I do here
just get used to this movement and as said better detach break line as it will block this very helpful grab