In that video, the kite turns while all the lines are slack, so (as he says) all the lines pass under the kite. I used to do drift launches using the Cabrinha IDS system, and when rotating the kite on the water, I had to make sure that the steering line which was furthest away (as I was turning the kite on the water) was slack enough to pass under the kite as I rotated the kite, otherwise the line would be wrapped around the centrelines.aniva wrote: ↑Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:27 pmHi,
I am beginner, been practicing drif launch due to most local places do not have enough shore space (tree line etc.). Following many videos on YouTube where rider basically (after walking lines and rigging like for normal assisted launch) then wraps lines, again like normal (using figure , grabs kite and bar and then, when on the water, let kite go down wind and proceeds with water relaunch. For example: https://youtu.be/VE9eNuESpK4
Ok, everything goes normal but cosistently getting front and steering lines tangled. I understand that when I wrap lines, I accidentally make bar spin around centre line and this is what ruins it. Spoke with other kiteboarder and he said that for him it is the same problem and pretty much a gamble to get it right, so he does not do drift launch at all. But I am sure there should be a silver bullet solution to do it right, perhaps wrap lines only when hooked and unwrap too, perhaps always put bar under the kite, perhaps I am making other mistake? Any advice from forum?
You can wrap your lines and slide the lines under the kite if you approach from a wing tip. Just lift the kite as you go and the lines will slide easily under the leading edge. Be sure not to pass the bar through the lines or a bridal.ScottKD wrote: ↑Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:27 pmK-Roy's description is pretty bang on in my experience.
After setting up, when you wrap your lines back onto the bar and go back to your kite, put the bar OVER the kite, not under. Putting it under results in the twist I think you're describing, back lines through front lines.
If you're talking about a full blown tangle when you unwind the bar, I recommend keeping the kite with you in the water, letting the lines drift down wind as you unwind, then set the kite off while walking back. Lines should come right when tension comes on. Water on the canopy helps slow the kite as it drifts downwind, and keep it on the water stopping it from spinning and catching wind too soon too.
Try it in light wind until you're confident, I imagine it can be pretty hairy above 20 knots if it goes wrong.
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