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43026Re: [ksurf] safe launch ARC com

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  • Rudy de Groot
    Nov 30, 2001
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      I'm nearly always launching from one spot, and always use that only tree
      available. obnoxious for apparent reasons and have to launch alone as well.
      just pull the kite (on LE) out of it's protected environment and let the
      good winds flip it over and get hold on a tip. who needs sand.. it's like a
      safe waterlaunch once you've mastered that. i am using an inflatable but an
      arc should do this trick as well?

      Stoked4Life, RudyG.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: <loco4viento@...>


      > Hal and Steve,
      >
      > I'm kind of a bad boy and looking for trouble I guess. I never fold
      > the upwind tip over anymore (had a few premature launches), but I
      > sand it just a little. It takes WAY LESS sand if you don't fold it,
      > and if you use too much you probably risk breaking a spar. I mostly
      > sand the TE of the upwind tip to keep the kite from sliding, and just
      > a little sand up toward the LE...that way the whole tip stays down
      > but it's easy to lift the LE and spill sand off to launch. Don't put
      > lots of sand near the LE or that is probably begging for trouble.
      > I've probably done it this way 100 times, including dozens of times
      > with a stack. I'm proof that any idiot can do it; I'm not sure how a
      > smart guy would do.
      >
      > John
      >
      > --- In kitesurf@y..., kiteguy@s... wrote:
      > > I find it requires more sand on that tip (after folded over) than I
      > > always think. The result is that it lifts up before I even get the
      > > lines close to tight, which I think is bad.
      > > Hal
      > > --- In kitesurf@y..., "Kitepower" <kitepower@b...> wrote:
      > > > LOLOLOL and still laughing!!!
      > > > I will try the side launch again as I realised I never folded the
      > > upwind tip
      > > > over!
      > > > Thanks
      > > >
      > > > Cya and
      > > > Goodwinds
      > > > Steve McCormack
      > > > http://www.kitepower.com.au
      > > > mailto:sydney@k...
      > > > Open 7 days
      > > > 126 Beach St, Coogee, Sydney, Australia 2034
      > > > Phone +61293157894
      > > >
      > > > -----Original Message-----
      > > > From: loco4viento@y... [mailto:loco4viento@y...]
      > > > Sent: 01 December, 2001 8:51 AM
      > > > To: kitesurf@y...
      > > > Subject: Re: [ksurf] safe launch ARC com
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hey Steve,
      > > >
      > > > --- In kitesurf@y..., "Kitepower" <kitepower@b...> wrote:
      > > > > If the trim strap is not needed how come all other Arcs at
      > Mambo
      > > other
      > > > than
      > > > > your had trim strap fitted?
      > > >
      > > > Really the thing isn't needed, especially for those who set up
      > like
      > > the
      > > > kitesurfer formerly know as The Lach Dude taught us...
      > > >
      > > > > These guys were all experienced Arc users and I never saw one
      > do
      > > a side
      > > > > launch unassisted!
      > > >
      > > > Wow, they are lucky to have friends! I am obnoxious and have no
      > > > friends, and am a very shitty kitesurfer with a mild self-esteem
      > > > problem as well, and I side launch alone all the time. I'm hoping
      > to
      > > > try the assisted launch in the future, but so far haven't met
      > > anybody
      > > > willing to help me or talk to me. I just weigh down the upwind
      > tip
      > > with
      > > > my empty prozac bottles and do it like Bob says...it's easy once
      > you
      > > > learn it.
      > > >
      > > > > I tried this launch a couple of times and it always ended in
      > > disaster, but
      > > > > it was on older Arcs.
      > > >
      > > > Same for me when learning how to ride bicycles, but they were
      > older
      > > > bikes.
      > > >
      > > > > How does a beginner know what the right length smart loop is?
      > > >
      > > > It starts out as a dumb loop and really isn't a smart loop util
      > it's
      > > > just right. Best to have a dumb loop that's way longer than
      > needed;
      > > > then keep shortening it until it becomes a smart loop.
      > > >
      > > > > How do you land the kite unassisted in high winds with no trim
      > > strap?
      > > >
      > > > I go to the edge of the window sheeted out all the way, get the
      > tip
      > > to
      > > > the ground, then sheet in with the tip almost touching the ground
      > to
      > > > back it toward downwind; I release one tip when I feel the need
      > or
      > > when
      > > > the kite is straight downwind...
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hey mate, make the trip north, we'll hit Mexico, and you teach me
      > a
      > > > thousand things I don't know...and I'll teach you the only thing
      > or
      > > two
      > > > I know plus buy all the Tecate, Corona, Sol and Pacifico you need
      > to
      > > > wash down the ceviche and crab tostadas.
      > > >
      > > > Cya and Staycool,
      > > >
      > > > John
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
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