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How can a kite depower more than another???

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  • Hung Vu
    This question has puzzled me in the past and for sure to the others. Without going in to details, it s all about the positioning of the front lines and back
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 13, 2004
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      This question has puzzled me in the past and for sure to the others.

      Without going in to details, it's all about the positioning of the front
      lines and back lines relative to the Center of Pressure (COP) or Center
      of Force (COF) of the kite.

      But the COP is also changing based on the position of the kite, the wind
      speed and also the shape and curve of the struts (including the very end
      struts - this is why ALL modern kites have end struts). It is also
      dependent on the length of the end strut comparing to the middle strut.

      While a kite is flying, these elements are constantly changing such that
      a kite with the right variables can generate a "MACRO" feeling of
      capable of depowering more than the others.

      Normally, a kite that can depower more can also overfly more but that
      can be fixed by some characteristics of the struts and that in turn
      makes the kite slightly less efficient and that in turn needs ....
      (over most people head now ;-)

      To sum up, these variables are so subtle and so "vast" that a kite will
      always deliver a MACRO feeling of depowering differently than another.

      That's the beauty of this sport, no matter what you fly, you WILL BE
      DIFFERENT than another kitesurfer unless she/he is flying the same kite
      of the same age as you are.

      Hung.
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