RE: [ksurfschool] ARC question?
- I did have a kitemare which, to be honest, forced me to become an enormous
bigger amount of safety concious as you call it.
Had a very heavyly overpowered beach session which dragged me along da beach
for over 100 meters with my 630. The kite went up side-launch and after i
had it inflated completely fully depowered i put it at zenith so i could
connect the safety-leash (yeah, stupid...). So, with kite at zenith i walked
downwind cuz i wanted to do some jumping (love that). Then i hit the
turbulence of the windmill that is some 150 meters upwind at that beach
(probably generating a small fortune for the electric company then). The ARC
then was wiped down by the wirling air right down in the windframe (as would
any and i mean ANY kite i ever touched) without the chance to depower or
react. Which resulted in a more then 100 meter body drag right into the
direction of our basalt blocks peer some 500 meters downwind (which seemed
more then enough to me when i arrived...) with me on my belly down without
any chance to pull shackle cord or even move my arms. I thought i would die,
i can tell you that. Luckily the kite hit more stable air so it went up
again to zenith and lose power.
If you can use the well known auto-zenith feature of the arc, please do so
when your life depends on it. I held my bar tightly and pulled in fully, as
a panic reaction. Error. I better had the bar go. 2nd point, i was lucky
that i had the leach connected after all (reason of my kitemare) cuz i
didn't have the guts anymore (adrenaline well used...) to land the arc
So, I think that it's the kitemare that makes one realize that a kite can
kill, and learn to respect that thing more. And Aeolus too, which still
helps us all kiteboarders to become stoked time and time again....
Have fun kiting! Whatever you fly!
Thanks for your balanced reply regarding the arc "stays at zenith feature"
:-)) well put, I don't like the sound of auto anything on a steerable power
Same goes for the super stable latest inflatos, never trust them to stay
I agree that begginers definately beneift from stable kites, they should
never be told that you don't have to worry about keeping attention on the
kite while getting to the water or putting the board on for a water start,
this is regardles of kite brand.
Because you do all those safety checks you are unlikely to ever have a
serious kitemare, if only everyone was trained or as safety concious as you!
open 7 days, every week.
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