Re: ARC 630 and 460
- Hey Dave,
getting the right brake tension is the critical element...too much you
stall backward like you did; not enough you zoom forward and bowtie.
best thing in my opinion is to learn the launch from fairly downwind
and well preinflated. when launching, take it real slowly and don't get
all excited that you're gonna get this baby to the edge of the window
real quickly. try to lift it a bit until you've spilled the sand off of
it, and get it to hover, inching forward. if you start deep in the
window there's less distance to stall backward and crash. as you get it
nailed you can more confidently launch from closer to the edge. good
--- In kitesurf@y..., merlinhobnob@y... wrote:
> I've got an 1120, a 630, and regular balls, and from my limited
> experience I certainly find the 630 to be a lot more tricky to
> launch. One slip with the back line tension in a downwind launch and
> it accelerates so fast that there is no way to slow it down again.
> So last time I had tbe 630 out in strong winds I thought I'd be safer
> with a side-launch off one tip. I'd never tried it before and I
> messed it up. Of course, I had too much back line tension (set up for
> a downwind launch) and the kite slid sideways, rear-first, to
> straight downwind. Not sure what happened after that, but the kite
> went up. I got dragged across the grass a bit, the kite looped, I
> dropped the bar and had my hand on the snap release ready to pull it
> (this was the only thing I actually got right) when the kite very
> kindly settled down at the top of the window.
> So how much break tension do you use when launching off one tip?
> Normal flying tension?
> -- Dave