a few days ago I tried the method mentioned a few pages back, and it worked for me Ist time, even though I was very nervous and unsure at the time as it was a stiff wind for my 11mtr Chrono V3, and far too windy to even think about a brake line landing.
But I had it planned out, I was carrying my ground peg in its pouch on the back of my harness ready for action.
the beach was just firm sand, massive area and no shells or rocks, nothing downwind for 2 km.
method I used ----
bring kite down to my left(as I am right handed I prefer to use my right hand on the brake strap(only using the leader line balls for this is a no no for me, brake strap only! much safer for me)
when the kite is sitting on its left side ear, get set and plan the next moves which are-
left hand steady on the bar in the centre
right hand under the bar and grasp brake strap firmly just right of the centre, look at your grip to check its just right of central.
look to your left and plan where you need to run to-- to be dead in line upwind wind of the kite when you do the next step, ensure of course that the area is clear of kite bags, foil boards or onlookers.
start rotating the kite down slowly onto its trailing edge with the brake strap, at the same time start moving left slowly at first, to check all looks steady and correct, then apply more brake to steadily rotate the kite flat onto its trailing edge- at the same time run swiftly in an arc round to the left, watch the kite rotate on to its trailing edge pulling in more firmly to ensure you have pulled in past the relaunch point of pressure, watch for any over rotation about to happen and correct your hand position on the brake strap, slide your hand into dead centre of the brake strap to hold the kite cleanly trailing edge down, and of course remove your left hand from the bar,.
drop to your knees and hold the brake strap hard into in to your knees and fist against the sand, with your left hand remove your ground stake from its pouch push into the sand as normal --right alongside your right hand which has hold of the brake strap, drive the stake in deep and around 35deg angle in, slip the brake strap over the stake and finally drive the stake to full depth,
finally when happy the kite is rock steady undo the bar quick release, and finally the 2nd safety release and run to the kite to grab the favoured end ear of the kite and run back upwind holding the kite low to flag out the kite flat on the ground,
quickly sand down the kite, open deflate zip, and quickly as possible get to the far end ear to pile on sand to stop any line tangles if the ear is jumping around.
it works well!
but takes a leap of faith.
one foiler watching from the water was well impressed and asked "how the hell did you do that landing"
"and why did you not ask me to land you"
"because at some point I may need to self land myself again in a strong wind" I explained!
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