3028Re: Water relaunch inflatable
- Apr 2, 2002Hi hung,
there is a very easy trick to it that nobody seems to know.
Here is how I do it:
Once the kite is on its side I hook into the chickenloop
and let go of the bar. Now the wind does the rest for me
I just wait till the Kite is on the edge of the window
and launch it.
This trick works the better the more wind you have to work with,
but I managed to relaunch a 21.5 ARX in 8 mph using this technique.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., Hung Vu <hungvu@n...> wrote:
> skywalker66au wrote:
> > I can get the kite (Wipika Hydro 11) on its back ok by pulling on
> > back lines and letting go. But I haven't worked out what to do
> > to get the kite to traverse to the edge of the window. It seems
> > kite decides which side it wants to go to. It sometimes takes me
> > while to finesse it to move from dead downwind, is there a special
> > technique to get things happening faster?
> This is a very good question. Water relaunching an inflatable
> need more explanation.
> After an inflatable is flipped over on its back, there are 3 phases
> successful relaunch: the catch-the-wind phase, the
> sliding-to-the-window-edge phase and the launching phase.
> The catch-the-wind phase is the least understood. Once an
> on its back, somehow a tip/part of the kite has to catch the wind to
> generate force to turn the kite into a vertical C shape. If one does
> nothing, the kite either continues to stay on its back or in some
> fortunate situations, the dynamic of the gust and the water can
> let it catch-the-wind to get into a vertical C position. The best
> to let the kite catch the wind is to pull slightly on one of the tip
> depending on the position of the kite. If the kite is more to your
> right, pull slightly on the left tip, if the kite is on your left
> slightly on the right tip (the left/right designation is the same as
> your bar: pull left end of the bar -> pull the left tip). If the
> is straight down wind, you can alternatively pull the right or left
> until one of the tip catch-the-wind - the other alternative is to
> to one side and then pull slightly on the same tip (swim right and
> pull slightly the right tip).
> The transition between the catch-the-wind phase and the
> slide-to-the-window-edge phase is also the least understood. Once
> kite has catch-the-wind, one has to immediately release the top tip
> pull on the bottom tip. This action will allow the top tip to catch
> more power, allowing it to lift the kite into a vertical C, fully on
> of the water and slide to the edge of the wind window. Failure to
> release the top tip soon enough will collapse the kite and it will
> likely get into a folding-top-tip position or leading-edge-down
> The launching phase is simple, once the vertical C is near the wind
> window edge, simply pull on the top tip of the kite to launch it
> skyward. In strong wind, one can launch a higher AR inflatable
> between the edge of the wind window and straight down wind.
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