1660Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Foils and gusty wind NOT A myth!
- Jul 3, 2001Kenny,
> I see two big problems with foils in light gusty inland conditions:All kites would collapse in very gusty wind (both light or strong
> 1. Folding: I had terrible problems with the kite folding in a brief
> lull and then reopening right before the kite hit the water. This
> mades for some brutal body drags (resulting in several broken board
> leashes and a broken kite line).
wind). When a foil collapse, it folds itself and you can pull on the
lines (walk or swim backward) to get it back to shape. When an
inflatable collapse it simply falls and there is NOTHING you can do
about it. In its first few weeks of use, I got my AR5 5.5 fall down in
a pile of rocks and damage the front leading edge. I still have numerous
tapes on the front leading edge of my AR5 5.5 to remind me of that
Since then I have learned how to deal with the situation. Kites will
collapse in gusty wind if you fly them using only the front lines (both
for foils and inflatables). By keeping some tension on the back lines,
you can prevent them from collapsing in gusty wind.
> 2. Long lulls - foils take on water after a few minutes on theThat's what I used to believe but changed my belief after using the New
> water. Inflatables rule in this dept.
Wave and also the JOJO Rage yesterday. A modern foil floats longer and
relaunch easier in very little wind that unless the long lulls is less
than 5 knots it should not be a problem relaunching them (I had numerous
crashes with the New Wave and the JOJO Rage and so far be able to
relaunch them with minimum effort)
Furthermore, I may start using wakeboard and binding in the future after
seeing Luke Stanek from JOJO kite doing
1- Launch the kite
2- Walk into shallow water (or drag into deep water)
3- Active the safety leash to land the kite straight down wind
4- Get into the binding with "both hands"
5- Grab the bar, launch the kite easily and start sailing
Of all the methods of getting into the binding, this is the only one I
think is "civilized", safe enough and may "lure" me into using it.
P.S., I made some of the highest jumps around here yesterday with the
JOJO Rage 4.0 m2 (very gusty wind, no depower rig setup). A high
performance foil for medium and high wind will definitely be part of my
kite quiver in the future.
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