Today, I tried my 17.5 on 20 meter lines. My 11.8
Airblast(16 in Naish terms, I am so sick of the sizing
mess this year) had a hole in the main bladder.
The kite handles much better, but it is virtually
impossible to get it to water relaunch with lines that
short. I tried many times, but I just couldn't get
the kite to rollover properly.
Lesson 1: Don't plan on buying a 17.5 and using
shorter lines instead of buying a 15.5 Naish ARX or
I did have my biggest floater jump so far today on the
17.5. I went out in 10 - 12 mph winds. The wind
picked up to 20. I sent the 17.5 on a jump and was
rocketed 35+ feet into the air. As I started to come
down another gust lifted me up again. I traveled
downwind around 100 yards. I landed with a ton of
speed. The wind was so powerful that after I landed I
was tea bagged 15 - 20 feet into the air. After
several of those I was getting too close to shore, so
I let go of the handle. Unfortunately, I haven't
lengthed the leaders on my 20 meter line bar so the
AirRush Wrist Leash broke and my kite flew into the
willows on the edge of the lake.
Lesson 2: lengthen leaders to accommodate the new big
kites and let go of the handle before you reach the
shore when you are severely overpowered.
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