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1158[ksurf] Re: Help me please!!!

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  • Raphaël
    Jan 13, 1999
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      I never tried Cory's system, so I cannot comment on it as well. I have
      however to agree that the reeling bar is extremely advantageous for all
      kites as you mentioned, it allows you to start even in crowded zone (with
      people or trees).

      As for the rest, I agree that it will be a lot harder to control the Wipika
      than Cory's delta on landing as it does not depower as well.

      F-One, in this optic developed its own kites that are almost flat foils and
      do allow a better control.

      Raphael Baruch

      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Eric Steinbroner [mailto:Eric.Steinbroner@...]
      > Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 6:16 PM
      > To: 'kitesurf@egroups.com'
      > Subject: [ksurf] Re: Help me please!!!
      > Raphaël said:
      > "However I have a few Wipika, they were the only kite up to now to allow a
      > high ratio of successfull water relaunch. As long as the wind is strong
      > enough, theyr are extremely easy. I could almost say a little bit to easy
      > eventually."
      > Actually, the Kiteski kite with the control bar allows for relaunching as
      > well. In my opinion, a system like the Kiteski system is much
      > better than a
      > kite that is always powered up or pops off of the water. Here are my
      > reasons:
      > 1) You can launch virtually anywhere. Where I go, about 200 windsurfers
      > and I walk down a concrete ramp and hop in the water. There are literally
      > thirty people all around me (in front, in back, to the sides). I lift the
      > kite out of the water, shake the water off, then let the lines
      > out above my
      > head. I have the kite tuned so that it stays above my head
      > without falling.
      > When I'm ready to go, I put the kite in the power zone and go.
      > 2) You can de power whenever you need to by dropping the kite in
      > the water.
      > As it drops in the water, it lays flat on the water, therefore no power.
      > This is especially nice when coming back in. As I head to the
      > launch ramp I
      > look for about 30 Meters of area below me. As the kite hits the water I
      > start to reel in the line. It takes about 2 minutes. No need to
      > go chase a
      > kite along the beach.
      > There are some downsides with the Kiteski kite. The biggest one
      > is that the
      > front spar is carbon and can hurt someone. I believe that the danger is
      > very small, and is smaller than the danger of runaway soft kites with the
      > lines possibly hurting someone. The other downside comes from landing the
      > kite in the surf.... potentially the spars can break. For me
      > this is not an
      > issue.
      > I'd like to see more kites built that can "float" in the water, and
      > relaunched after reeling in.
      > Eric
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