3021Swim-in or not?
- Apr 1, 2002People frequently ask me how many times I had to swim in with my kites
(due to not being able to relaunch them). Here are some "approximated"
Wipika Classic 3.5: None
Wipika Classic 5.0: 1 or 2 times (wind dropped, bridle tangled and
Wipika Classic 8.5: 1 or 2 times (wind dropped, bridle tangled and
All of my opened cell foils (EX's 6.0, XXXL and EX's 12.5): 50% each
time I crashed the kite (less with handles and more with bars)
New Wave 4.9 (a closed cell foil): None
AR5 5.5: None
AR5 11.5: Twice. The first time was in very cold water when I could not
swim fast enough to flip the kite over. The second time was when I had
2 center leader lines instead of 1.
Some other kites that I used either briefly or for 1 or 2 days:
ARC 630: Once (we were trying to figure out how to relaunch the Arc; we
waited too long and the water got in the kite)
Jojo Rage 4.0, 6.0 (closed cell foils): None
C-Quads: Almost 100% of each time I crashed the kite
For all practical purposes, except for the C-Quads and the opened cell
foils, all other kites should be fine for kitesurfing when it comes to
water relaunching (a few swims in hot weather are great - just watch out
for very cold water)...
P.S., The higher numbers for Wipika Classics 5.0 and 8.5 are probably
due mainly to my inexperience in the early days (therefore going out in
lighter winds and taking too long to relaunch causing the bridle to
P.P.S., The lower numbers for closed cell foils are probably due to the
fact that I don't use them as frequent as inflatables for kitesurfing.
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