eastcoastkite wrote:All the thrusters are very easy to relaunch.......
You must mean the '07 Thrusters, or else you lose a lot of credibility with me when you make this statement. I am a light weight experienced C-kite rider and ride the 2008 12 Thruster in the 12 mph + recommended range, and have great difficulty relaunching the kite in lighter winds. When I asked you for relaunching advice, you laughed and said "who rides in sub 13 knots anyway...." Also, make the mistake of putting the kite on its back, with the leading edge towards you, and the kite will rise and tumble backwards completing a 360, causing your lines to be inside out. Finally, if the Thrusters were "very easy to relaunch", why take the "rider's advice" and make the '09s 25% easier to relaunch? Pumping to 11 psi makes it more rigid and difficult, perhaps BS has the best idea, which is to ride with a softer leading edge; thanks.
discojuggernaut wrote: I like to maintain slight tension then wait for a gust and pull harder.
...and if the gust doesn't come, you'll spend a long time waiting, and drifting.
edit; if you are a heavier rider and/or ride in stronger winds, the difficulty of relaunching may be irrelevant.