First, there was no picture nor photo of the 4-line system as I remember.
Second, handles were first mentioned as I remember and bar too (as I
This is NOT the chicken loop. Read it carefully, it forces the
kitesurfer to PERMANENTLY TIE THE FRONT LINES TO HIS/HER HARNESS
either with handles or with bar (it also mentioned "This system is
simple and works very well but one can't de-hook in the manoeuvers and
jumps. One likes or not. If you don't like, use the here-under bar" -
which is the curve bar).
The primary objective of the chicken loop is to allow the kitesurfer
to fly a 4 line kite both hooked in and unhooked (can control the AOA
of the kite while hooked in) and
is the first time
P.S., The page also mentioned the curve bar that Don Montague use in
late 1999 as in http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kitesurf/message/4358
(this is not quite a 3D bar).
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, "Stefano Rosso" <stefano.rosso@a...>
> > They had something like "connect the front lines to your harness and
> > backlines to a pair of handles" (a bar might have been mentioned but
> > don't remember - have to look it up).
> > -- there was a bar.. I remember the picture !
> As far as I remember, there was no picture on the original Wipika web
> site (you must have seen it latter or somewhere else)
> === Ok Hung, I don't want to nit pick here but I found the original
> wipika page
> Www.archive.org is the internet archive.. They sweep the web and save
> all the pages they find.. So I found the wipika site for dec 12 1997
> This is the link -
> It has the info about the "4 line system"
> And the page has the following text on it
> "What control device in your hands ?
> Several possibilities : choose here-under or find a new one.
> 1/ Handles : attach the 2 front lines to your harness and put soft
> handles at the end of the back lines.
> 2/ A straight bar with the back lines at its ends - the front lines are
> attached to the harness.
> The main advantages of a bar in comparison with handles are that the
> kite stability is greatly better and that one can control his kite with
> one hand.
> Attach each front line to a 3ml sleeved line. Attach the sleeved line to
> a 1ml rope and the rope to your harness.
> Attach the 2 back lines to your control bar.
> If you loosen your bar, you will easily reach it again by :
> - fixing something in the middle of the bar which the rope will slide
> - fixing a bungee cord between the bar and the harness (that you'll
> adjust the length accurately)"
> So they did mention handles... But they had the bar also... And they
> then have described a chicken loop ("fixing something in the middle of
> the bar which the rope will slide through" HOLT !) and a free bar
> ("fixing a bungee cord between the bar and the harness")
> So in my opinion the legaignoux were the first to publish this
> information anywhere as proved above.
> By the way, you might want to check out
> http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.kitesurfingschool.org which
> shows the old pages of kitesurfing school from as far back as mar 31