Re: [ksurf] kiting by yourself
- If you have enough clear beach and preferably a ridge to drop and stall the
kite behind solo landing techniques on land may be a good approach. If your
wind is light to moderate, flying the kite down to the beach as close to the
wind as possible then landing it on the leading edge followed by a quick
pulling of one set of lines to pivot the leading edge perpendicular to the
wind works well. Just be prepared to rapidly repeat the landing if it takes
off again suddenly. If your shore is rocky, narrow or otherwise hostile to
solo kite landings, your best bet is to land it over the water. You will no
doubt develop a preferred solo landing technique best suited to your beach
and wind characteristics.
As to instructional videos, there is Ken Winner's "How to Rip Harder",
otherwise you can view and glean what you can off general high end
kitesurfing entertainment videos such as are available at as well as other
The Powerzone and High as a Kite are personal favorites.
- I use my safety leash - sliding type - to land unassisted. Fly to edge,
preferably over water. You stay in the water too. Make sure the arc is
clear to straight downwind. unhook safety leash and hold it in hand. drop
the bar. In strong winds - 15.5 and 20 mph avg - this works for me. The
kite spreads out and drops then flutters to straight downwind. I then
follow the safety leash line hand over hand to the kite and sand it while I
roll up the lines. I have no problem hanging on to the flying line bare
handed when the kite is stretched out even as I say with the 15.5 in 20 - 30
If I don't have a catcher that's what I do.
Carson City, Nevada USA
From: elifuller@... <elifuller@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, October 01, 2000 4:43 AM
Subject: [ksurf] kiting by yourself
>9 times out of ten I am out there by myself. I don't like it but________________________________________________________
>thats the way this place is off season. Anyway whats the best way to
>safely come back to the beach and put my AR5 away by myself. this
>beach has no buildings on it and is pretty flat. Is there a trick to
>stopping the kite?
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- on 2/10/00 12:42 AM, Dwight & Jacky at fishersfort@... wrote:
> Bring it down to the side of the window. When it gets near the beach crashI find it better to deploy the leash when the kite is a few meters of the
> it nose down, then deploy the leash so it spins and stretches the kite out
> in a way the leaves it nose into the wind.
> Another way is to crash it in the water and pull the safety leash and
> attached line in until you reach the kite. The first method is best.
ground, at the edge of the window (is this what you mean Dwight?). That way,
the leading edge is facing the wind by the time the kite lands on the
ground, and there is less chance of the kite getting blown back into the
middle of the window. It's a pretty reliable way of landing the kite. I have
landed the kite on a tiny beach just big enough for the kite to fit before
(when I needed to).
To do this, you have to land the kite on the opposite side to your leash.
- If there is surf, I find it best to land nose down just in front of the
whitewater (after the wave breaks, NOT in the impact zone!) then carry the
bar as you run down to grab it before it reaches the wet sand. With "normal"
lines (not Q-Power) you should quickly move back so the lines can't get
become "macrame" in the surf.
>Yep. I'm not a very good teacher. I just do it rather quickly all at once.
> I find it better to deploy the leash when the kite is a few meters of the
> ground, at the edge of the window (is this what you mean Dwight?).
> the leading edge is facing the wind by the time the kite lands on thehave
> ground, and there is less chance of the kite getting blown back into the
> middle of the window. It's a pretty reliable way of landing the kite. I
> landed the kite on a tiny beach just big enough for the kite to fit before
> (when I needed to).
> To do this, you have to land the kite on the opposite side to your leash.