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Tip10: In praise of 4 line inflatables

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  • Chris Glazier
    [this was found at Kitesurftech... who sell Wipika and Naish kites] http://kitesurftech.home.att.net/main.html ... The ability of the Naish and Wipika kites to
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2000
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      [this was found at Kitesurftech... who sell Wipika and Naish kites]
      http://kitesurftech.home.att.net/main.html

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      The ability of the Naish and Wipika kites to spill wind in a 4 line
      mode is a huge asset. This allows the rider to adjust the kite tilt
      orientation on the fly and hold it at any desired setting. The more
      you pull the upper lines attached to the ends of the leading edge the
      more the wind spills and the less power the kite has. This is
      accomplished by routing the upper lines to a pullable loop attached
      to the center of the bar. It allows even a novice rider to easily
      sail in control in overpowered conditions. In addition, while in the
      forward pitched mode the kite points noticeably higher.

      With a foil there are ways to deal with being overpowered but they
      are not as easy perform and effects on the kite cannot be produced as
      instantaneously. They involve getting the kite back to the edge of
      the window by dragging your butt, heading downwind then back up,
      applying brakes to stall then sending the kite back to the edge, or
      going to shorter lines.

      With the Naish and Wipika kites the big plus for advanced riders is
      that you can sail spilling the wind in conditions which would be way
      to windy in the 2 line mode and then when ready to jump simply tilt
      the kite back to catch the full power of the wind and get mega air.
      Robby can sail his 11 meter kite in 20 to 25 mph winds all day and
      get huge air (photo at left). I imagine that is how he won the Maui
      big air contest.

      For novice to advanced riders it provides a much wider wind range for
      the kite. What a luxury to be sailing and not have to come in to hide
      from a passing squall that doubles the wind speed. Simply hook into
      the upper lines loop and spill all the excess wind till the squall
      passes. You can see how this would save a tremendous amount of
      physical effort as opposed to battling what could be a real beast.
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