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Glide Landing Question

Postby RomeUtah » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:18 pm

Hi All,
Been progressing on my glides on 15m soul. Everything has been coming together a little too easy for take off and flight, i can go head into the wind or at an angle, flying left and right flying the flying sleeping bag like a paraglider. Landings are a a bit sloppy. When I fly into the wind directly and not crossing the wind left and right, I go much slower and can comfortably loop 10' 15' above the ground and have an easy perfect landing on a board.
When I glide and constantly cross the wind window back and forth, im flying a bit faster, and it is a lot more fun but I dont feel like im getting into position to confidently loop the kite to land.
One of 2 things happen:
I come in hot(strava shows 20mpg avg speed) so I pull on the brake side and it swings me up a bit and still leaves me flying backwards and drops me to a slightly harder landing.
I do nothing and do the butt touchdown landing. Neither is ideal as I end up eating shit on the landing and gliding backwards and not landing on the board seems a bit kooky.
I have also messed a bit arround with turning a bit a sheeting out and back in but that creates a way more disorienting descent.
For reference, I snowboard, and fly backwards 15m soul 20 m lines. I know gliding is kind of a *fight club* subject so if not comfortable discussing publicly, I welcome any pms.

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby tomtom » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:39 pm

Its very hard to land from glide on SNB, much easier on skis. Unfortunately. Gliding is same as speedriding and its close imposible to speedride snowboard.
Sorry but this is what it is

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby ToeKnee » Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:59 pm

Try flying forward. Switch hands right after launch and right after landing.

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby RomeUtah » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:04 am

Flying forward is not an issue. When you fly forward, you cannot loop the kite if you get lifted to come down safely. I personally get a bit disoriented when flying forwards. The french guys who fly, all glide backwards, my end goal is to go on bigger glides and mess with loops high up in the air.

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby NorthernKitesAus » Wed May 27, 2020 1:27 am

Noob question, as I am learning to glide land as well. Wouldn't you just sine the kite around the zenith to generate upwind, but slow down your descent?

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby RomeUtah » Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:21 pm

you can sine the kite to slow down your glide for sure. What i got out of this season, is tracking and flying directly into the wind to slow down momentum and I started landing with a down turn, your body starts turning into one direction or another (90 degrees is really all you need on a snowboard). Touch down, sometimes super smooth, sometimes you can drop out a little heavy and hopefully not outrun your kite. I have before closer to the landing point my kite almost 90 degrees to the wind, that way my body and board were already in position for landing, that takes some practice, and you come in super hot

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Re: Glide Landing Question

Postby fernmanus » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:17 pm

It is a good question.

I never loop the kite when landing. I also use a snowboard and fly backwards. When I glide, I usually look over one shoulder the entire glide and I don’t look at the kite. Riders get disoriented by looking from side to side and especially at the kite.

I prefer to land cross to the wind with speed. When you fly directly backwards it is hard to spot your landing and it can be difficult to figure out when you are going to touch down, but when you ride cross, you just turn a bit sideways before landing and you never have to loop for landing. I usually just sheet in or out a bit depending on how hot I am coming in. I would be happy to demonstrate the technique with you at Skyline or Strawberry this coming season. Kenny
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