clint2070 wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:42 am
what is ERA line ?
Getting a bit off topic, but it stands for Easy Relaunch Assistant, it's an extra line, running alongside a steering line that connects to the tip of a strut (not the center one obviously). Pull a meter on that line and the trailing edge folds on one side and the kite flips over, ready to hotlaunch. I've used that lots on a 12m Krush for snowkiting, and it had been a bit of a life saver when the wind is really too light for any other method. Get out of bindings, Run till the kite flips over, put it in hotlaunch mode in the right spot, hold the bar in while putting bindings back in, hotlaunch and go!
Anyway, back on the Spitfire, shall we? Enjoying LOTS of sessions on the XLW at the moment. Everyday seems to be a kite day, and often a foil day only. About 10kts, 12m Enduro, and bliss! I did put the straps on again so that I know my feet are always at the perfect spot to pop on the foil as soon as the kite pulls straight from the waterstart. Compared to not always being in the right spot when waterstarting strapless, and needing a bit of downwards look and/or foot shuffle to adjust, which takes a few extra strokes in the kite. For that, straps make lightwind riding a bit easier IMHO, except for transitions.