neilhapgood wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:36 pm
Hi all, apologies I have posted about this already but not yet tried it and have another question!
I am getting better with my downwind angles and managing to get fairly deep now, especially if its onshore with a small swell running to pick up.
If I am going to carve to toe (bringing the kite over the top, not looping) is it best to get as deep as you can downwind first then go for it or do you need more line tension so better to come from a beam/broad reach?
Your very first carves should be done from going upwind, way easier and actually the only way in lighter wind.
If more wind, you can do it a bit more downwind, but here you risk getting too much speed so you will crash with slack lines
So start learning carves from an upwind course
When you get experienced you can do it in more wind especially, on more or deep downwind courses, also with a downloop instead - but dont downloop for starters as so many things can go wrong and your kite WILL end in the drink...
As opposed to a normal turn where you might get slack lines and drop board on the surface, but good kites will usually just drift and can be kept flying or even saved if they dont drift well - NOT possible with a downloop.
Your main problem will be that you are not able to make a tight continous turn, it takes a lot of time, so you will go too much downwind during the carve, leading to slack lines.
When you start the turn from an upwind course, you got a lot more room for turning and not prone to slack lines.
When going deep downwind, downloops works so much better/easier actually - but your timing has to be right, and you dont have this timing till much much later.