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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby Topaz » Thu Aug 05, 2021 2:15 pm

Good job controlling the kite and not panicking out!

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby kitelife361 » Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:04 pm

Based on the description from the kiter identifying a sudden rush of air, a location in the middle of the US/Canada farmland and if surface humidity was low, this was most likely a dry microburst. A pilot or ATC would have more experience in identifying the conditions of a dry microburst. These wind events are violent and can take down massive passenger jets in seconds while landing/taking off. Amazing kite skills to keep control of the 15m Chrono.

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby fernmanus » Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:56 am

Based on the description from the kiter identifying a sudden rush of air, a location in the middle of the US/Canada farmland and if surface humidity was low, this was most likely a dry microburst. A pilot or ATC would have more experience in identifying the conditions of a dry microburst. These wind events are violent and can take down massive passenger jets in seconds while landing/taking off. Amazing kite skills to keep control of the 15m Chrono.
I very much doubt it was a microburst. We have a lot of experience with microbursts where I live. Microbursts can be seen as a dust cloud coming at you. It also would have affected the other riders. What you are seeing is a localized thermal. They spin up all the time on hot days and a big kite is perfect for riding the updraft. Note how close he was to the Farmer’s field which is a perfect spot for generating a thermal on a hot, sunny day. Thermals can be identified by watching birds of prey circle slowly upward on a hot day on the updraft of an invisible thermal.

Yes, the trick is to keep your cool and steer out of the thermal, yet keep the kite moving to lessen the rate of descent.

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby Tone » Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:02 am

fernmanus wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:45 am
Tone you caught a thermal. Staying calm is what saved you from injury. We have had it happen here on multiple occasions on water and snow, however, none caught on film. I have had it happen to me a couple times on the snow where thermal updrafts are more common due to the natural shape of hills. I have learned to stay calm and fly it out, but it is always scary!
Hey,

It's not me, I saw it on FB and added it here as it scared the beejesus out of me.

Kiter had very good kite skills to hold that together. Amazing effort. Would have killed many other kiters IMO.

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby bkkite » Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:37 am

Anyone got any other tips on riding one of these out should you get stuck in one?

Does the fact that he is on a foil kite change anything compared to an LEI?

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby kiteswede » Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:07 pm

One guy in sweden was lifted 25 m by a crazy gust so he hit the local woo record accidently 🤣 very scary for him.

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby plummet » Sat Aug 07, 2021 1:51 am

Dang!. Props to the kiter for keeping his cool and flying the kite to a safe landing.

Yeah, the older chrono's hold no prisoners!..... I've had a couple of smaller lofts. The good thing is they have a tone of float and you can easily land softly and smoothly if you fly as you should.

I did get a double loft about 1km out to sea on the ozone edge one time. That was stupid high, Like line length high. I even let the bar right out and still rocketed up on the second loft up. That wasnt as scary because i was over water and was zenned up with boosting skill at the time so I simply flew the kite as you do in a monster jump and landed and rode away whooping and hollering.

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby fernmanus » Sat Aug 07, 2021 3:28 am

Tone, I just assumed it was you, oops!
. The good thing is they have a tone of float and you can easily land softly and smoothly if you fly as you should.
funny, how you said you had a “tone” of lift.

The bigger the kite, the more lift. Fortunately, it also follows that the bigger the kite, the slower the descent. A 15 is not bad on a descent, a 21 is preferable, but much better than a 9! :o

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby nikalaitzian » Sat Aug 07, 2021 11:51 am

boots on foil kite ??? WTF????

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Re: Kiter lofted 25+m and hundreds of meters up/across wind

Postby Matteo V » Sat Aug 07, 2021 2:17 pm

nikalaitzian wrote:
Sat Aug 07, 2021 11:51 am
boots on foil kite ??? WTF????
I'm in boots on my foil kites............... on the snow.


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