I did some experiement with 80% to 90% depowerable LEI and found that
while it is possible to do so, it would deform the leading edge during
power stroke. So for LEI it may not be possible to do so without
effecting the performance of the kite unless someone come up with a
Many have told me that the Seasmik kites have 100% depowerable system
in the past but for marketing reasons, most of us have never even
Some modern kite (especially 2004) depowering has improved so much now
that I am not sure that a depowered kite (long chicken loop fully
extended) can seriously harm a kitesurfer anymore...
However, the best way is not to permanently hooked in to the chicken
loop until they can come up with some new innovations.
Unhooked riding is becoming more and more popular and that is making
kiting safer ...
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, George Sarris
> I agree with you in that the "extreme" or "dangerous"
> depiction of kiteboarding should be dropped. I kite
> in conditions of 15-20 kts and it is far from extreme.
> Above 20 kts such as yesterday here on the west coast
> of Florida and I resort to windsurfing where I have
> more experience and feel comfortable up to 35 kts. As
> with any sport, one can take it to the extreme and
> that's what gets media attention. Just look at the
> newscasters/storm chasers out on the southeast coast
> of Florida in the height of hurricane Frances. They
> even admit that they are stupid for being out there.
> Sensationalism sells and there is certainly more
> sensationalism than ever before with this hurricane.
> Also, one thing you have brought up in the past is
> that the kites need to have 90-100% depower
> capability. I don't know of any LEI kite that has
> that feature. The manufacturers need to somehow
> develop this capability.
> --- Hung Vu <hungvu2000@r...> wrote:
> > In the past, almost everyone considered kiting as a
> > dangerous sport
> > (probably due to not sufficient data nor awareness)
> > Similarly, We did the same on
> > http://kitesurfingschool.org and paid
> > quite a bit of attention on safety.
> > The combined effort of many kiters and manufacturers
> > seems pay off
> > nicely as most kiters and manufacturers is now aware
> > of the safety
> > issues of kiting and works on improving the safety
> > of the sport.
> > While labeling kiting as a "dangerous sport" helps
> > kiters to be aware of
> > the safety issues, it also create an "extreme",
> > "rebellious" image of
> > the sport. This "extreme", "rebellious" image of
> > the sport may have
> > been used by some local authority as an argument to
> > ban kiting at some
> > locations.
> > The reality is that kiting can be a very safe sport
> > compared to the
> > others. Locally, We have been kiting around here
> > since 1998 and until
> > now haven't had a single serious accidents compare
> > to snowboarding which
> > had quite a few accidents in its first few years of
> > introduction to the
> > local scence. (last March, a snowboarding
> > instructors hit me in the back
> > while I was snowboarding with my son and I had to
> > stay in bed for 3 weeks)
> > Kiting has been mature so much now with a networks
> > of schools across the
> > globe and online information such as
> > kitesurfingschool.org that can
> > guide newbies through the safety issues of the
> > sport.
> > We will continue to spread the awareness and work on
> > improving the
> > safety issues but the information is fairly readily
> > available now at
> > schools and online sites. Maybe it's time to drop
> > the "dangerous sport"
> > label for kiting?
> > Maybe it's time to use the following phrase to
> > describe kiting safety:
> > "Kiting is a reasonable safe sport as long as one
> > follows proper safety
> > guidelines ..."
> > Hung.
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