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Re: F-One Diablo flagging?

Postby PugetSoundKiter » Mon Oct 02, 2023 6:17 pm

Smeagle wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2023 8:05 am
Just as most do using new Race Kites, if you drop it and twist it, it's "game over", last chance is to untwist by swimming to it, if that fails because you take too long or can't untangle, you need to pack up and swim home.
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What goes on in my mind riding em’

Do I ride old race kites - Yes
Do I race - No

Do I drop race kites - Yes
Do I expect it to relaunch - No
Am I happy when it relaunches - Yes

Have I ridden in the upper wind range - Yes
Do I plan to ride in the upper wind range - No

Have I pulled the safety - Yes
Does it relaunch - No

Have I pulled bar lines - Yes
Have I broken bridle lines -Yes
Did I fix it - Yes

Did I tear fabric - Yes
Did I fix it - Yes

Should I recheck the mixer - Yes
Should I log mixer settings and my session - Yes

Wow this kite is fast, smooth, light, has great upwind, has wide window controls, low drag, high lift… but it shoots forward when sheeting out, overshoots if flys too far forward, loses shape and I could be swimming if lose line tension, could twist, turns slowly…

Do I enjoy this - YES!
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Re: F-One Diablo flagging?

Postby Jyoder » Mon Oct 02, 2023 7:18 pm

I rarely drop my 18m Diablo v4, but I only ride it on foil. Once you know the behavior and what to expect, it’s easy enough to back stall it into the power zone to fix wingtip issues. On the occasion I let it out too much at the edge of the window and it collapses in a wind gust or switch, I more often than not can fix it before it hits the water by pulling a line at the right moment. It’s pretty amazing how you can learn to read a collapsing kite to know what to do without knowing how you know.

I have flagged it to water pack up when beach got too crowded with swimmers and it flags just fine in 6-15knots.


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