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2856RE: [ksurfschool] Re: Relaunching a 17.5 ARX - made easy

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  • Philip
    Mar 1, 2002
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      I recommend getting the Power booster for the 17.5. It is true that the
      larger kites can be relaunched without it, but it is
      Soooooo much easier with reverse relaunch.
      Just for the peace of mind its worth it.
      Then you can practice the non-reverse relaunch while having the back up
      of the booster.
      This allows you to save some energy for riding as a few missed shots at
      Relaunching can be exhausting and very frustrating. Is also keeps you in
      the water longer and in the spring when the water is often cold it only
      amplifies the exhaustion and that can be a real problem.
      Time on the water is precious and can be tough to get. I say make the
      most of it by making Relaunching easier on yourself until you become
      proficient at other methods.

      Have fun, ride safe,


      Philip Mann
      Inland Sea Windsurf Co.
      toll free 888-465-2632

      -----Original Message-----
      From: coryadams [mailto:coryadams@...]
      Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 7:11 PM
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Relaunching a 17.5 ARX - made easy


      I have tried that but had a really rough time. After I pull a good deal
      of line in I have gotten tangled in the line as it goes under me. I'm a
      doof but even then it took a long time to get the kite to flip over on
      it's back. I must have pulled several yards of line in to finally get
      it to happen. I must be doing something wrong....



      --- In ksurfschool@y..., "fernmanus" <fernmanus@y...> wrote:
      > Cory,
      > I just ordered a steering bridle because I heard that it increases
      > the responsiveness of the kite. However, if you are only concerned
      > about relaunching, you can relaunch a 17.5 without the power steering
      > bridle. I posted this message last summer, but there may be people
      > out there that are unfamiliar with this method.
      > First, if the kite is resting on the leading edge, you need to get it
      > to flip over by pulling in a yard or more of the center leader and
      > then releasing while laying on your stomach and gliding forward in
      > the "superman" position. When the kite has flipped over it will
      > start moving forward to the side of the window like the smaller kites.
      > The 17.5 ARX is difficult to relaunch because the top edge often will
      > not come up off the water when the kite is in the "corkscrew"
      > position. I found that by pulling in a yard of the lower leader with
      > one hand and using the other hand to pull on the upper end of the
      > bar, the kite will quickly form the "C" shape and launch into the
      > air. The only warning that I have is that the kite will often launch
      > downwind and give you quite a drag and it is a little awkward the
      > first couple times you try it. The great thing about this method is
      > that I can usually relaunch the 17.5 in less than a minute. I
      > haven't tried this method on the larger Naish kites, but I can tell
      > you that this method works very well with the 15.5 and 17.5.
      > Kenny
      > --- In ksurfschool@y..., "coryadams" <coryadams@y...> wrote:
      > > Could somebody please provide some information regarding the
      > Powersteering Bridle.
      > >
      > > The Naish site has little or no information about it.
      > >
      > > I'm wondering how it works and would also like to know if anybody
      > has been able to use it with some of the big ARX kites. If you have
      > used it did it make relaunching a possibility - how about general
      > handling of the kite.
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > >
      > > Cory

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