[ksurf] Re: overpowered
- From: Dr. Stan Schiller <eyedr@...>
> QUESTION: YOU ARE FLYING PRETTYIt's a common problem, particularly with Wipikas. Not as bad
> FAST ON A REACH AND THE WIND PICKS
> UP, SO YOU EDGE HARDER AND ALL OF
> A SUDDEN YOU ARE GOING MACH SPEED,
> WHILE TRYING TO LOWER THE KITE NEAR
> THE EDGE OF THE WINDOW.......
> I WOULD LIKE TO SLOW DOWN TO A MORE
> COMFORTABLE SPEED BUT I AM NOT ABLE
> TO REACH THE EDGE OF THE WINDOW,,,....
with a Naish or foil. One solution is to ride a small,
well-balanced board and be a really good rider (e.g., Lou or
Elliot). Another is to rig your kite with four lines. That
way you can sheet out and dump power when the gusts hit. The
other solution -- the one I used for a time -- is to just
not get going more than a few knots in board speed when
there's a chance you may be overpowered in a gust.
You have to anticipate gusts and counter their effect (by
edging hard) before they can accelerate you one little bit.
You end up riding a knife edge between too slow and too
fast, and believe me when I say you have to go very slowly.