You can hot launch nearly every foil kite even when it's nuking. The reason is simple, when the foil kite is filling up with air it has no power. so just hot launch it, and the kite will just flap around in the air without power. To land, if you have the 5th line attached, you can just pull the QR. I suggest attaching the 5th line if you think you are doing a lot of self landings in nuking conditions, just because pulling the QR is so easy. You can't really pull the QR if you are running your foil in 4 line mode because you get spaghetti in your lines, and here, yeah you can do a tether land maybe (I never tether land my kites), or a reverse land, but reverse landing a foil kite when it's nuking sucks because you can get yarded. I don't mind self launching a foil kite, it has to fill up with air anyway for your helper to hold it, so might as well put it in the air right away and let it fill up. As for landing, I always want an assisted landing on my foil kite way easier. In light conditions it doesn't matter what you do anything works, reverse land it just fly it into the ground and run to it, anything work, it's when it is nuking that you need to worry about which technique you need to use on landing. The last time I was on my 19m and it just started nuking up to 30 knots I teabagged to the beach screaming for anyone to grab my kite, nobody did I guess they were busy or something, lol, so I had to pull the QR even though I was in 4 line mode. Instant spaghetti, took me a while to untangle.
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