Re: Airblast bridle question
- It might turn okay without the bridle system, but I wouldn't miss the
backwards relaunch on this size.
In a gust in lighter offshore winds the 11.8 stalled down yesterday -
and I could relaunch it instantly in a few seconds. Amazing !
I've changed to some stiffer line. I think you can get line in almost
every bigger boat shop (kevlar line or similar).
Apart from that - I know Wipika makes separate bridle sets now -
we've just received some yesterday (I haven't seen them yet...).
I'll let you know about the difference as soon as I get to test !
For info, I use a 70 cm bar now (and I think the 80 cm which follows
is a perfect size too) - but if you remove the pulley (and reverse
relaunch) system, you might be able to use a shorter bar, like Kane
Peter Frank, Denmark.
--- In kitesurf@y..., bruce@p... wrote:
> Kane took them off his 11.8, he reckons it still turns well enough
> with a 50cm bar without them.
> --- In kitesurf@y..., kitesrfer@a... wrote:
> > I was wondering how many folks out there were still using their
> Airblast 11.8
> > m with bridles? I still have short hours on mine due to the
> abundant good
> > winds we have been having this winter. Yesterday I had the
> > practically braid together on both sides of the kite from
> in 17 to
> > 20 mph winds while I was trying to setup for launch. After
> > untangle the bridles and having them retangle immeditely after, I
> gave up and
> > rigged my trusty old AR 5 9.5 m.
> > I heard a story about a guy who either didn't notice or chose to
> ignore a
> > wind induced bridle tangle on an 11.8 m Airblast. As a result
> > launched he caught big air and almost decked the top of a palm
> > closely escaped serious injury. In light winds no doubt the
> > reverse launch features are great and work as designed. However
> > winds, which are still well within the range of this kite, this
> > phenomena has me concerned.
> > Good winds,
> > Rick