Before the squall line moved in, there was one other kiter out with him and they were attempting to get back on the beach and land their kites. .
i did a down-winder recently and ended up finishing on an empty beach in 40+ knots winds (same front as in the Ruben loop vids) with my kite buddy trailing me by 500m. normally we land each-other with one kite in the air. conditions were gusty side-on. choice was obvious. i pulled my safety 50m from the coast and bodysurfed in. lines were a mess but i'd do the same thing again (and have). i was flying fuel 7m and my safety went to a rear line.. spun like nuts but no crazy pull
ronnie wrote:The first correct decision in those circumstances would be not to go out.
Experimental Player often spouts his anti-bow stuff just for the sake of it. He does not express himself maturely, but on this occasion I think his point is relevant. In those conditions the problem of bow kites released to a front line or to a lesser extent a back line, is a big problem. The kite can still have enough power when flagged in these circumstances to be dangerous and you may need to immediately release the leash Q/R.
Bow kites may be good up to their wind limit, but take them beyond it and they may not be so good when you have to go to the safety. I think the Cabrinha IDS is an important step forwards in that respect.
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