Tip: How to relaunch an inflatable
- Water relaunching the AR-5 can be frustrating if you don't know the
tricks. In comparison to th AR-3.5, the AR-5 does not water relaunch
unless you do the right thing.
Situation: kite is in the water, leading edge down.
Swim towards the kite with 3 to 4 strong strokes to provide enough
slack in the flying lines for the kite to roll on its back. To make
it more effective, start with the boom by your hips and with a good
kick with your legs extend your arms to a overhead forward position.
Once the kite is completely on its back, pull slightly (don't pull
too hard, this can cause the kite to collapse) on one side of the
boom to allow the kite to travel to one side of the wind window. Be
patient. Once it reaches a certain point, the wind will be able to
catch the tip of the kite and fill it. This will cause the kite to
get back into its regular shape and it will be sitting on its side
with one tip still touching the water. From there, the kite will move
further upwind to the edge of the wind window. The kite is now ready
for take-off. If you now pull on the side of the boom connected to
the upper lines, the kite will water relaunch.
The lighter the winds, the harder it will be to relaunch the kite.
Very sensitive steering will be necessary. If the winds are strong,
the kite will relaunch as soon as the tips catch the wind and the
kite regains its shape and power.