I have about 10 self landings under my belt. On all, I have backstalled the kite down, pulled in a little more on the outside lines, and then held all 4 lines as I walked to it. On about 5 of my attempts, the kite took flight when I was about halfway there. This happened in light wind, and I was able to hold the lines low with my hands and get the kite to lay down eventually, but that would be hairy if that happened in high winds. I assume I just need to pull in a little more on the back lines once the kite is on the beach, but I’m still trying to sort out how much.Trent hink wrote: ↑Wed May 12, 2021 3:27 amLanding I always just grab the outside lines and back the kite straight down.
In hyrdofoiling wind I just wrap the outside lines once or twice around the bar (depending on how I have the lines trimmed), push the bar a bit into the sand and casually walk up to the kite.
If I was way overpowered on the hydrofoil, or out on my surfboard, I do the same thing, but if the kite won’t sit still I just grab one line and keep it tensioned as I walk towards the kite.
It might flip around once or twice as I am doing this, but if I keep tension on one line it can’t pull hard or take off, and at the very worst it settles into a slightly twisted pile that will take no more than 5 minutes to straighten out, at the very most, and usually way less.
I don’t understand how anyone ever has a problem putting one of these down. Landing the 5 in plenty of wind to rip up wind well-powered on my surfboard seemed like it was gonna be sketchy on my first try, but the reality is it was, and is, super easy.
So, my question: When you say you wrap the outside lines one or two times after backing it down, do you mean like you are winding the bar up? Or do you mean wrapping the outside lines perpendicular to the bar?
Also, when you say you grab a line in high winds after backing it down, are you talking about an outside line or inside line? Or does it matter?