Re: [ksurf] Chicken loop danger?
- In a message dated 9/25/2006 12:23:08 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
Being lead into this false sense of security with the
new kites, can actually make them more dangerous than
C-kites, in the event the 'sh&* hits the fan!"
yep, I agree , the one scenario which is always in the back of my mind is
two kites getting tangled, I have witnessed this happen several times, when one
rider releases the other is now stuck with two kites, This situation caused
the death of one of the top female riders in the world a couple years ago(
Nina Heilburg I think ,as her name escapes me at the moment) during a European
the other situation I witnessed is when a rider dropped his kite and some
onlookers in a power boat ran over his lines getting them stuck in the prop
and dragging the guy.
The system I like at the moment is the slingshot Turbo Diesel chicken loops
quick release with the slingshot leash clipped around the chicken loop line
just ahead of the loop, this allows instant release to the leash and the leash
is also releasable easily, when I have become unhooked on accident letting go
of the bar instantly depowers the kite totaly, since I ride with the bar 6
inches out from the loop at full power when I get unhooked the powerup is
tremendous , I also use this type of system when riding my Waroo. The other nice
feature is it works out to be a spinning leash so spinning the bar after a
trick is never an issue even with slingshots dual line setup. Also, Joe wrote
>>>"Hey, i am fairly new at the sport and am able to self launch with ease in 7+
knot winds. my problem is self landing the kite, i am using a cabrinha
contra with the gen2 recon system. i try landing the kite in the edge of the wind
window, but when its windy, the kite always catches and fills with air, then
the kite pulls really hard making it difficult to get to the kite and grab
it. any suggestions?
Self landing the recon system especially in high winds can be problematic,
what I did was to add two loops of leader line to the re launch balls by
sliding the ball up until the knot inside was exposed and larkshead the loops above
the knot, make the loops big enough to get three fingers in as this will
also aid you in getting a grip for relaunch , before attempting to land clip
your leash to the loop on the side that will end up closest to the ground when
you fly the kite to the edge of the window near your landing area, keep the
kite very close or touching the tip on the ground then simply unhook the
chicken loop and let the kite go to the leash( let go of the bar) , the kite should
flag out and drift downwind with you hooked to just the brake line on the
upwind side, you can then go hand over hand up the brakeline to the kite .
since Cabrinha had several different recon systems I suggest you look carefully
at your system to ensure that the bar will slide up the brakeline at least the
distance equal to the span of the kite and test the system in very light
winds before trusting it, do not attempt to self land any C kite in high winds
and understand there is always a risk of damage to the kite from sliding
across the ground, As always everything above is just my opinion and opinions vary
but I hope it helps.
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