Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Water launch of a 4 line kite
- I need to repair my Kite. Anybody knows someone in Orange County "Southern California"
Thanks for reply
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Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 1:56 PM
Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Water launch of a 4 line kite
I had the same problem on the weekend. (I must preface my comments
by saying that I am a beginner, but have done a lot of reading and
have been out several times in light and stronger wind.)
I was using a newly purchased Aero 14, which I think is about the
same size (and AR) as the Hydo 11, and the wind was probably around
15 knots. While this wind was enough to get some power in the kite,
it was certainly nearer the lower end of it's range rather than the
upper. When it came to relaunching, while there was just enough wind
to get the kite onto it's back (with a lot of work), like you I found
that when the kite started moving towards one side and I pulled on
the lower lines the kite would move towards me on it's back rather
than slide up onto a tip. On my way home I gave it a lot of thought
and decided it was probably because the weight of the kite was too
great for the wind - thus, the wind couldn't lift all that weight in
the middle of the kite off the water and get it up onto a tip.
I guess this is one of the problems with larger kites when used at
the bottom of their wind range. While I knew that getting a larger
kite onto it's back was a problem in lighter winds, I hadn't heard
about then getting it up onto a tip as also being a (potentially
Does anyone else have any thoughts on this, or do you think it's just
me and a problem with technique?
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "will_peck" <will_peck@h...> wrote:
> What is the right way to water launch a 4 line kite?
> I had a two line FA2000 last year. When I bought Hydro 11 and AB 8.4
> this season I assumed that relaunch is similar if not identical. It
> took me two days to understand that there is a difference.
> Here is what I experienced. The conditions were identical both days,
> consistent 10-14 mph wind and Hydro 11 kite.
> I backflip a kite the same way as a two liner and pull a trailing
> line on one side trying to turn kite sideways. The first problem
> starts at this point. A kite does not turn well as the point of pull
> is on the back side. What is happening after that is much worse. The
> kite starts "walking" in the right direction but the wing I want
> goes up even though I continue pulling the line on this side. I
> thought, at one point, that I do not pull enough slack but once you
> pull all of the leader line you realize that something is wrong. The
> kite just gets closer to you instead of walking at full length of
> On a few occasions it did even worse. It launched with the leading
> edge facing forward and wings sticking up. What is happening after
> that is not fun at all, kite tumbles several time messing up the
> in a way that you cannot fix by twisting a bar.
> Definitely I am doing something wrong but what?
> Thanks in advance.
> P.S. I did manage to launch the kite a few times.
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