Re: [ksurf] safe launch ARC com
- I think this thread is one of the truly useful things this group has
done. The Arc is a fine kite and the price is so attractive that lots
of "foil head" newbies are going to consider them over inflatibles.
Also, the impression of a self-centering, never crashing kite, while
being part exaggeration/mostly true, is very appealing. All of these
people have accepted the drag of death as the norm and reasonable
because "Arcs are so stable".
Seems to me the ideal solution is a long-longhorn/quadrifoil style
bar. With the brakes rigged so that the kite is completely stalled in
the horns down position. Then you can launch with the horns turned
down and gently rotate the bar to bring the kite to the top of the
window. No need to be hooked, complete control the whole way and no
stalling the kite by pulling the bar while kitesurfing.
You could achieve a similar solution with a trim strap/cleat system
but but you run the risk of shortening the brake too quicky too soon.
All the Arc boys have told me the prussics are great things and
better than a single trim strap. They also say you have to adjust the
brakes every time you use the kite. IMHO the prussics suck. The knots
are tangle magnets and it takes both hands to adjust them. Anyway,
why do you have to adjust the brakes so much? No other kite requires
- --- In kitesurf@y..., "gregwalshau" <Greg.Walsh@b...> wrote:
> with a loop you have the option of not beingGood point. I'm always in, so it wouldn't make any difference to me,
> hooked in to start with.
except that with a loop there's a chance it could come out when I
don't want it to.
> The Gorge Animal video isI thought I remembered seeing dragging when I first watched it (I
> far better but I notice the pilot still goes for a drag down the
> beach during the downwind launch.
wasn't able to access it again this time), but wasn't quite sure
enough (until now) to post a reply that if I'd been the one flying
I'd have either been more careful the first time, or taped over it
with a better example of how it can be done with no dragging.