In a message dated 1/27/01 4:17:34 AM Pacific Standard Time,
<< I only noticed after I had
already miraculously relaunched the kite. >>
Relaunching an AR5 is far from "miraculous". In fact it's pretty much
expected. Mine has ALWAYS relaunched, except the time my 1st generation
wrist strap failed (Naish supplies free upgrades, but I just attach it to my
<< Suddenly the kite started
diving BEHIND ME >>
I don't understand this, unless you mean you were facing into the wind!
<< so I pullled on one of the sides and it took me
flying for about 60 feet before I unhooked the harness (FROM THE
BRAKE LINES!!) >>
Why are you emphasizing "BRAKE LINES!!" ? Aside from the fact there are no
brakes on a Naish, the regular harness loop always connects you to the BACK
lines AND the trim loop always connects you to the fronts.
<< the same thing happened to a friend the next day and he got 10
stitches on top of his head after being hit by the board. >>
May I suggest a helmet?
<< So we concluded that the kite becomes very dangerous when one of the
outside (back) lines is crossed with one of the middle (front) lines.
Has anybody had this problem? >>
I've had that happen nearly every time I've ever released the bar completely,
however it has never posed a problem. It works fine, it only irritates me
since I like the lines perfectly straight. The only problem was once when
the left rear control line got hung up on the lower (big) knot where the
leash & leader are tied together. That was fairly easy to straighten out
with the kite back on the water.
<< Does anyone know a quick way to figure out in which direction the
damn thing is tangled so one can untangle before relaunching? >>
I think that's pretty much impossible. I tried to do that once (since it was
bothering me after they twisted) & just gave up & kept riding instead.