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69750Re: [ksurf] Going past the wind window

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  • georgeiw@aol.com
    Nov 29, 2005
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      When a gust happens the window expands and creates more lift which drives
      the kite up and forward ( towards your back). The kite was slightly slack and
      leaning down wind. The gust tightens the lines and lets the kite go forward.
      It doesn't matter if the explanation makes sense there are two important
      things to know.

      1. YOU RISK GETTING LOFTED IF YOU KEEP THE KITE RIGHT ABOVE YOU AT THE
      ZENITH. The solution is to keep it more to the side. When the gust hits the
      kite will move up to the zenith and just when you would have been lifted off of
      the ground the gust passes.
      2. This is effective in light winds, In high winds it is dangerous... Pull
      down on the bar which will stall the kite, kill its forward speed and send
      backwards (down wind), instead of over your head.

      Since you are new.. try this in light wind and with a small kite. Then when
      you are in the water try it with a bigger kite.

      The key is to keep the kite off to one side and not at the zenith.
      George



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