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4740Re: [ksurfschool] Understanding how a kite is depowered by releasing the bar

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  • George Sarris
    Feb 28, 2004
      Pushing the bar away from you(releasing it without
      dropping it)without being hooked into the chicken loop
      does nothing to depower the kite. Both front and rear
      lines stay the same length and the angle of attack of
      the kite stays the same. The only way I know to
      depower a 4 line LEI kite is while hooked into the
      chicken loop and releasing/pushing the bar out away
      from you. Like you said below it lets the back lines
      of the kite out changing the angle of attack and
      spilling wind thus depowering. The amount of depower
      is determined by the adjustment on the chicken loop
      which controls the length of the front lines. You can
      depower all the way until the back lines are slack but
      you then lose steering ability. This may be ok while
      you are getting ready to launch for a few seconds, but
      will be a problem when riding if you need to depower.
      You should adjust the chicken loop to depower enough
      so that you can still steer the kite. Also,
      depowering the kite allows it to fly more into the
      wind and faster as well, so you definitely want to
      retain steering ability.

      Hope this helps.

      --- wvc304 <kennywek@...> wrote:
      > I am new to kiteboarding, awaiting better
      > weather for lessons,
      > and have a question about depowering a kite after
      > reading about the
      > subject.
      > If a rider is not hooked into the Chicken Loop
      > and he releases
      > his bar out,(without dropping it),would that depower
      > the kite?
      > As I understand it, if a rider was hooked into
      > the Chicken loop
      > and he extended his bar out,(without dropping
      > it),that would depower
      > the kite. The reason, as I understand it, is that
      > releasing the bar
      > would release the back lines,(the front lines
      > remaining in the same
      > relative position as before the bar was released
      > because the Chicken
      > Loop would be holding them in place). Then with the
      > rear lines
      > extended, the wind wind would spill out of the back
      > of the kite
      > somewhat similar to releasing a sail on a sailboat
      > and spilling the
      > wind out of it. In addition, under that set of facts
      > the "angle of
      > attack" of the kite relative to the wind would
      > change because the
      > back lines were extended and the front lines
      > remained in the same
      > general position.
      > However, if the rider was not hooked into the
      > Chicken Loop and
      > he extended his bar out,(without dropping it),then
      > both sets of lines,
      > (front & back), would be released relatively the
      > same distance. In
      > that case, wouldn't both sets of lines remain in the
      > same relative
      > position in relation to each other? If so, then how
      > would the
      > kite "spill wind" and depower? In the alternative,
      > how would
      > the "angle of attack" of the kite relative to the
      > wind change since
      > the front and back lines are still in the same
      > relative position to
      > one another, even though both sets on lines had been
      > "extended out"
      > when the rider extended out his bar? Am I thinking
      > about this in the
      > proper context or is there a better explanation?
      > Thank you

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