Re: Water Launch - beginner Q
- --- In kitesurf@y..., vytas.cijunelis@d... wrote:
> So when you launch, you DON'T pull on the bar or you stallAll this only applies if you are starting with front lines
> the kite? If true, that probably saved me some learning time!
attached to your harness - either permanently shackled, like
John and I ride, or by means of a "chicken loop".
If you start off not hooked in then you have no "on-the-fly"
adjustment so if you're adjuster strap is set so the kite
doesn't stall overhead then you won't stall it by pulling
in during the water start - the angle of attack (AoA) never
If you are hooked in the chicken loop or shackled to the
front lines then any movement of the bar changes the angle
of attack of the kite and too much pull on the bar will
stall it. If you don't have some kind of stop (or hang-strap,
like I use) to prevent pulling in too far you can't pull on
the bar to get out of the water. I know theoretically how
John does it with his "free bar" - I tried it and managed
a few times but mostly stalled the kite. He generates enough
power with his start up dive that the kite will drag him out
by the harness - so he does not need to pull on the bar.
But I am 205lb and uncoordinated so I always want to get
the better leverage afforded by pulling myself up with my
arms. So long as my stop is set nicely sheeted out I can
do my water-start pull-ups without stalling.
Hope that explains it - I know it all sound so confusing
now but you'll soon be designing your own snazzy custom
bar and line set-ups and generating another years record
profits for West Marine ;-)