Fixed loop and chicken loop (WAS Re: Any experience with the Naish V4)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill Torreyson <btorreyson3@y...>
> So when would you use the other loop attached to theThere are 2 schools of thought in kitesurfing riding styles: fixed
loop riding and chicken loop riding style.
Chicken loop riding style is probably the most popular style as it
allows a kiter to adjust the power of the kite instantaneously (like
in windsurfing). Chicken loop riders are normally permanently
connected to the chicken loop or shackled in. With most modern kites,
the bar pressures are so low that one probably don't need a fixed loop
(I haven't used my fixed loop for ages when I'm in the chicken loop)
Fixed loop riding style is prefered by a another group of riders (most
pioneer kitesurfers and wakeboarders). fixed loop riders normally use
a trim strap to adjust the power of the kite and rely on edging skill
to handle the gusts. Fixed loop riders normally hook in while riding
and do both hooked and unhooked jumps/tricks.
Both styles have their advantages and disadvantages. An all-around
kitesurfer may want to learn and be comfortable with both styles...