Re: Kiteskiing questions
- --- In ksurfschool@y..., <paul.v.brown@n...> wrote:
> My actual question is: HOW ON EARTH do you get set up?It is better to have the lines and handles already attached to the
kite when you are trying to launch on ice.
The trick with handles is to put them together, wind just the brake
lines around them for 5-8 turns, then start winding all the lines
around them. This sets the lines so that the brakes are applied to to
kite. Keep winding until you get to the end of the bridles. use your
knee to hold the kite down by the trailing egde, scoop up the
bridles, throw them on top of the kite and then take each wing tip
and fold it towards the center. fold the outside deges towards the
center one or two more times so that the kite looks like a strip of
fabric with the ends of the bridles and the handles sticking out of
the bottom. Take the handles and place them near the leading edge of
the kite so that the lines are still taught going into the trailing
edge of the kite. then start rolling the trailing edge of the kite
up taking the line and handles with it 'till you get to the leading
When you wind lines around handles you have to unwind them exactly
the same way otherwise you will get all kinds of twists in the line.
when winding AND unwinding, I always hold the tops of my handles in
my right hand with the bottoms pointing towards my left hand and then
wind the line around the bottom of the handles with my left hand.
With the kite packed in the manner described above it is possible to
just unroll the kite and spread it face up. with the brakes already
applied the kite should inflate and just sit there while you
carefully unwind the lines. In practice the kite may take off in a
gust and spin a few twists in the lines. The kite won't pull to hard
because the brakes are applied. You can just twist the handles to get
the twists out before you unwrap the last bit of brake lines and
prepare to launch.
It is easier to launch the kite by weighting down the trailing edge
so the kite can't take off and put twists in the lines. Sometimes we
use a plastic snow fence, hay bale, or duffel bag to park the kite
against when landing and launching - this is especially helpful in
- The method I describe is for open-cell foils. with your valved foils
launching may require that you pre-inflate the foil.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "hink_trent" <hink_trent@y...> wrote:
> With the kite packed in the manner described above it is possible
> just unroll the kite and spread it face up. with the brakes already
> applied the kite should inflate and just sit there while you
> carefully unwind the lines. In practice the kite may take off in a
> gust and spin a few twists in the lines. The kite won't pull to
> because the brakes are applied. You can just twist the handles to
> the twists out before you unwrap the last bit of brake lines and
> prepare to launch.