Don Monnot wrote:
Ejecting the kite would suck when I'm near shore, since the kite might come down on shore (where people may be unaware of what's happening
Hmm gusty shifty winds that are straight onshore with other people around sounds more like maybe not the best time to go out if it were me.
How shallow is it? can you walk out a kite length? Is there a reason to be so close to shore or are you just trying to get out to cleaner wind?
I've switched to only foiling so i try to stay in the deeps away from shore. I think looping would help as long as you don't sweep it into anyone else that's kiting maybe your the only one out there I don't know?
Even still putting it on safety would take the tension out of the lines and not let the kite totally trash itself if it makes it to shore. If its spinning around you I think i would still eject and start wrapping as fast as i could as once it catches wind and comes back to shore you still have a issue with it being tensioned up.
We fly super gusty conditions around here and there are a few onshore sites where if it did that 1-2 times i'd probably pack it up and fly another day. Is there any other launch sites around that might work better or have a sideon to it?
Stalling the kite on its side isn't as bad as hindenburging and letting it power up straight onshore it may end up finding the new side of the new window and relaunch just the way you want it to just be super active in your lines to no let it get on its back trailing edge down they don't relaunch near as well as you probably know. (another trick for ejecting is it will want to get back on its leading edge then reset and go) I've done this in light winds when it stalled out on its back.
Alot of times just keeping it on its side and super low in the window will help it release some of the energy out the back of the kite and less chance for it to race forward and slack out. like 8-9oclock instead of 10 you could try that. I've used this to take out some devil gusts and wait it out. Waternadoes (water spouts dust devils etc.) are the ones where everything you try will not work! best to stay out of them if possible or again eject and reset when it passes.
The bar flip is something that is often talked about and rarely practiced just do it you'll be glad you did. I don't think in nukin winds i'd do it as a bar wrap is fairly easy to achieve if you make a mistake. Its like the people including myself want to try a directional or a foil but bring all their boards with them and end up on TT for the day cause it was too much hassle. LEAVE IT AT HOME then you won't have a choice but to learn it works great same with the bar wrap do i flip it and keep riding when the wind comes back or head to shore and sort it there 5 minutes or half hour.
Sometimes you gotta work with what your area gives you, so i know kinda what your going through there is a point where it really is not much fun.