I don't know if you have seen AdventureLogs video on self landing? He details several tether methods but also suggests walking up the lines as an additional safety step after tethering (Herman wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:40 pmSeems weird to me that most people seem to promote walking the lines. Having said that it is obviously me that is weird because I am the only guy at my local that sets up a tether before riding but I often ride alone. I would much rather tether than walk the lines, I would also evaluate burying the board as a tether if it were blowing rather than walk the lines. If I have backed down to the TE I take some trouble to trim the kite so it is braked enough to not fly up but not so braked that the TE is starting to lift. If the kite is not quite where I want it I bounce it into position by pulling on trim strap and brake before tethering. Even when flagging I would try to get back to my tether if possible.
I realize this doesn't really contribute to the butt clenching required and risk to kite situation of a 19 in 30knts but I don't think there is a truly satisfactory solution.
This is why I prefer the plastic balls on the steering lines over a brake handle. You have much more control, not just with the backstall, but with HOW MUCH backstall on each side so you can control the kites side to side movement. About 7 years ago I added a brake line to my Speed4 15m and tried for months to get use to it but I just didn't like it.Herman wrote: ↑Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:57 pmTalking foil landing from edge of window:
Personally I get a better feeling of control from a rear leader in each hand rather than using the break handle. I practice flying the kite just using the leaders in light wind, backing it down from different areas in the window and flying it back up etc. I have also started practicing getting hold of the leaders at the edge of the window in a decent blow without upsetting the kite, and it needs practice. I am then flying the kite backwards and forwards a short distance to get a feel of the power generated. I am working on this to control the asymmetrical braking required to back the kite down. For me, I think it is better to feel like you are flying the kite backwards into the ground rather than braking all the power out of it. If you over brake the TE can tuck and the kite can lose shape and rotate, this can then turn into a cluster f@#k if you are unlucky.
Once I have a better feel for it I may well go back to using the brake handle in one hand with the free hand on whichever ever leader is appropriate, as in a blow it would be nice to be able to miss out the step of getting hold of the leaders in the right place. This is still a work in progress and I doubt that I have explained this well and these ramblings probably only make sense to me! If this post is food for thought for anybody so much the better. I would of course welcome comment from the more experienced.
PS I move across the wind and towards the kite as it is backing down to reduce line tension and get the kite down wind of me. If I am on wheels I start with the kite higher and just ride towards the kite, piece of cake in moderate wind.
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