Self-land the flat kite alone
- I have been showing the students this self-land the Waroo alone technique:
1- Bring the kite to the edge of the wind window
2- Let go of the bar, grab the center leader line and walk closer to
the kite (or pull the kite closer to you)
4- Pull 1 or 2 m of the upper front line and hold it
The kite will fall face down to the ground in the same position as you
normally put it on the ground. Once the kite is landed and stays
securely on the ground, you may want rolling the 4 lines on to the bar
until you reach the kite so you don't leave the lines dangling on the
ground (last year I got major line abrassion on my legs due to stray
kites and dangling lines on the ground)
This can be done in very strong wind too.
I haven't tried extensively but this method should work similarly with
the One and other flat kites (any kite with a front bridle on the
leading edge) just make sure you set up the stopper ball on the bar
appropriately such that the kite will not collapse totally when you
release the bar (no need to do so with the Waroo) and keep tumbling around.
P.S., If you are in shallow water, walk upwind of the kite and then hold
both front lines (chickenloop) evenly. Now you can start rolling the 2
front lines a couple of rolls on the bar (or Turbo Launcher) before
rolling the whole 4 lines in until you reach the kite (the kite should
stay in the non-pulling position until you can grab the leading edge).
I will try this more extensively so see if any problem or correction
needed for this water landing scheme. With the flat kites and the Turbo
Launcher, kiters can launch and land the kite alone in shallow water
safely. This would eliminate all land-based accidents in such cases.
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