Re: [ksurfschool] No wind swimmming technique (tip)
- It is good that these kites will pull you in at a fair clip, perpendicular
to the wind using the bailout technique you describe. I don't always wind
up my lines before grabbing on to the kite because of tangling or accidental
relaunching concerns. If you don't wind the lines it is a good idea to
bring the bar along to cut the length of trailing line in half to try to
avoid boat snags.
In high wind I have grabbed onto one of the interior inflated battens on
the water to reduce the area of kite in the air to make things more
manageable. Also, once my leading edge deflated after a collision with the
water in high wind. I was still able to sail in using the same technique
supplimented by configuring the kite as if the leading edge was still
inflated and throwing it up in the air to momentarily catch wind. It is
more labor intensive but better than swimming in from a fair distance
offshore. If you have a smaller kite or perhaps even it not, today I would
try to blowup the leading edge orally to the point to where it would sail in
without all the effort.
> Here is a reminder of a tip that came in handy for me on Sunday whenThe biggest problem I used to have with my F ones foils was them turning
> the wind here dropped below 5 knots.. making for a long swim in.
> Swim to your kite by pulling on one line, or wind up your lines
> (be sure to do a few extra wraps of one line before the others).
> Grab the two tips of the kite with your hands and position it as a
> large C on the water (as though you are flying it with 0 length lines
> and at 0 height). On a foil kite, just grab the bridle to do this (if
> there is enough wind to keep it inflated).
> Even in wind of only one or two knots you will drag along, faster
> than swimming alone.
> Chris Glazier
into submerged sea anchors. I used to pull the kite up a section at a time
onto my board, made a nice pile and then tied in place with my board leash.
At least that way I could relatively easily tow the whole thing in.
> nice tip!you
> Last week I had a good long swim w/my 7.m CA.
> When the wind quits totally, what's the best way to roll up the kite so
> don't have a real mess an half hour later?
> Phil Burke