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Drift Launching WAS Re: [ksurf] Re: Turbo Launcher opens up new kiting spots

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  • hungvu2000@rogers.com
    One of the method for drift launching. 1- Bring the kite, bar and lines into the water (the lines are properly wrapped around the TL or the bar) 2- Open the
    Message 1 of 12 , Jul 27, 2006
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      One of the method for drift launching.
      1- Bring the kite, bar and lines into the water (the lines are
      properly wrapped around the TL or the bar)
      2- Open the kite up (as if it is flying over head - at zenith) to
      check for any possible tangle
      3- Drop the kite LE down into the water (the same position as if you
      put it on land). There is little pull from the kite in this position.
      4- Release the lines from the TL or the bar and the kite will drift
      slowly away. Make sure you keep slight even tension on the 4 lines with
      1 hand to keep it in the same position. If you can't keep the kite in
      the same position while drifting away, you may run in to problem if you
      don't have the TL.
      5- When all lines are free from the TL or the bar, relaunch the kite
      from the water as usual.

      Due to similar position of the kite when you put it down on land or on
      water, you can practice this on land many times until perfection before
      trying it in the water.


      Gerry Duquette wrote:

      >I am new to this and was hoping that you could describe how to drift launch
      >a kite.
      >The girlfriend id getting a little bored.
      >----Original Message Follows----
      >From: "hungvuatnetcomdotca" <hungvu2000@...>
      >Reply-To: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com
      >To: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [ksurf] Re: Turbo Launcher opens up new kiting spots
      >Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 12:59:13 -0000
      >The Turbo Launcher as its name implies, allows a kiter to launch a
      >kite faster at tiny or difficult launching spot.
      >The process involves:
      > 1- Load up you lines and bar with the TL at home
      > 2- Set up you kite and the TL at the launch spot
      > 3- Bring you kite and TL to the water (shallow is best but deep
      >should work too)
      > 4- Drift launch your kite
      >The TL makes this whole process easy and looks professional. With it,
      > you can launch your kite almost anywhere you can kite.
      >P.S., The TL needs lots of practice to use it well. It's worth all
      >the practice.
      >--- In kitesurf@yahoogroups.com, "daniel2218" <dan2218@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hung,
      > >
      > > Can you describe in some detail what that process is like? I've thought
      > > about getting one but not sure exactly how I would use it. Thanks.
      > >
      > > Daniel
      > >
      > > --- In kitesurf@yahoogroups.com, hungvu2000@ wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I have been vacationing with the family at Sandbridge, VA in the last
      > > > couple summers.
      > > >
      > > > In the past, I normally only kite in the Ocean as the Back Bay
      >area has
      > > > no beach and only tiny access spots for canoe or small boat.
      > > >
      > > > The wind is normall very strong from the S or SW (the dominant wind
      > > > direction for northern hemisphere).
      > > >
      > > > Today I launch my 9m Waroo myself with the Turbo Launcher from a tiny
      > > > canoe launch at Back Bay across from the Little Island Park (you
      >can pay
      > > > $5 to park in the park or park free on the road side 50m from the
      >park -
      > > > very limited parking spaces here, also watch out for soft sand if you
      > > > don't have 4x4)
      > > >
      > > > Launching is no problem once you walk your kite out into open water
      > > > around waist deep.
      > > >
      > > > The kiting was excellent at Back Bay (mostly waist deep), strong,
      > > > wind and pretty flat water.
      > > >
      > > > Two other kiters joined me afterward, they did have the Turbo
      > > > but they had two and helped each other to get launch.
      > > >
      > > > Hung.
      > > >
      > >
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