5011Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Shorter .vs. longer line length
- Sep 30, 2004I also tried 15m (doubled 30m) on my wipika free air
some months ago. I wouldn't say it was safer... The
kite was very fast and unpredicteble... sometimes
wanting to fly into the powerzone... so I would say it
depends on the kite if you can use really short lines
(20-30m can be used by any kites, but 4-20m with
tubes? ... I don't think mainy tubes are designed for
this?! Then you use shorter lines you'll change the
aperture of the tube kite and hence that could make it
unstable... with foil kites you don't have this
problem so there I would agree that you can use
0-whatever line lenght...)
trying to sell 0-30m lines to beginners to use with
ANY kite and claiming it's more safe is to my opinion
not serious and not safe.
And what can you do with 10m lines? It'll be like
1000x more difficult going upwind and 100x more
difficult to waterstart unless you don't have 20+
If the goal is to learn control of the kite it's much
safer to get a trainer kite...
--- Lynita <lynita_howie@...> skrev:
I often use 15m line (30m lines doubled over) for a
They are great to teach all the kite skills up to body
only downfall is if you get a nasty tangle when
the bar and retrieving the kite for a water relaunch.
1. It makes the wind window 1/3 the size - safer when
there are other
beach users and less dist for me to cover if I have to
relaunch the kite.
2. It reduces the lift when a std flies the kite too
fast, unaware of
the power it can generate. This reduces std fear of
the kite (it
doesn't pull so hard so the don't get freaked out).
3. Kite reaction time is quicker.
For the 2nd lesson (getting on the board) ideally I
use 20m, or 30m
if the wind is lighter. By now the std has a good
how to fly the kite (ie. push/pull rather than
twisting the bar like
a car steering wheel). This is when the student needs
to feel lift
of a faster moving kite, and needs the lift to stand
up on the board.
(-: happy kiting ppl. Lynita
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