Now, that is depowering!
- I went out in a blizzard today with the Waroo 5m.
Made a jump, crashed and when I looked for the kite, it was straight
down wind and started climbing up across the power zone. I quickly let
go of the bar and expected the kite to pull me somewhat. Nothing! The
kite just sort of "moved" across the power zone and barely pulled me
even 1 inch.
Now that is depowering and I assumed all other flat kites, SLE, bow,
etc. are similar.
With such depowering capacity I would assume that once one learns how to
"let go of the bar", accident would be drastically reduced?
- ........aside from the question of your sanity: jumping over frozen ground. (I can't ever
remember thinking I wanted to jump my iceboat when I lived in Wisconsin...) Mike was
100% on it: almost NOBODY lets go of the bar.
Somehow it's counterintutive? Rick Iossi, as an engineer, should do some research into
why almost everone seems to have their hands on the bar when their head come into
contact with solid surfaces.
I suspect there may be a mental link between the bar and the chicken loop. Perhaps
knowing you are connected in a fairly permanent sense - there's a reluctance to let go of
the last bit of potential control you think you have.... D'no?
Having flown 2, 3, 4, 5-line + a Naish Shockwave Bow/SLE kite: either 5-line or Bows are
HEADS over all the rest in safety. However, the safety problem - in my belief - is mainly
between the ears. In almost every one of Rick's post mortem postings; I wonder "What the
hell was he thinking?!". Sometimes, like drinking/driving, it seem sooo obvious.
..not that I have not earned a spot in the next Jackass movie - and have nerve damage of a
finger on the right hand to show for it. Cheers all - stay safe.
j i m
> With such depowering capacity I would assume that once one learns how to
> "let go of the bar", accident would be drastically reduced?