I had a session on the Nano 9m yesterday 18-20kts.
Got to test out the Kill switch line, plus relaunch plus everything else you can think of to attempt
to destroy a kite
It all started when I went to help a kiter by retrieving his board.
1st lost sight of board in breakers and ran over it.
2nd, wacked in head by his board just as I grabbed it.
dive kite to head off and his board snags the QR. oops unhooked with board and bar in hands.
let it all go to professionally check kill switch operation
pushed the errant board to its owner just before wave collects kite
spit out water, kite already waiting to relaunch. push bar out - pull red line at OS loop point - kite moves to side then rolls onto its side - let bar go totally - kite launches itself.
Unfortunately right into a 25kt+ bullet, kite fires forward, wave tackles me from behind. end result I'm about 5m downwind of kite and it falls down and gracefully through lines.
Luckily for me the lines tensioned before the kite hit water
So this is how you invert a bridled kite
But now ugly pull and out of control yank. it just landed, I swam towards it and it rolled back and relaunched yahoo I thought (for about one second) then coped a repeat performance of kite firing forward next wave hitting me, but this time I noticed the depower strap was fully pulled in. That's why it was firing forward. Seems the errant board had also snagged the depower strap.
A couple of tugs on the power strap and this time launch stayed put.
So in the space of a few seconds the Nano got crashed 3 times, 2 of them inverted, dumped on by a wave and came out unmarked and untangled.
Did I mention the too complacent self landing too close to a light pole, at the end of that session?
needless to say rock walls in conjunction with poles and cars, make for great kite catchers.
End result was a Nano packed away as good as new.