jakemoore wrote:I hot launch all the time. I will launch at about 45 deg if the wind is good but I still set it up like a hot launch. I really prefer to see the whole bridle as the kite comes up and straight down winds is the best for this. And as the FS foil don't s really generate power until full with air this is a no-drama event.
Jake makes an intresting point here.
One of the main "safety in launching" characteristics of the flysurfers is that they can be launched partially inflated. This makes the kite temporarily "highly inefficent" so that it generates very little power. The power builds up as it fully inflates.
This semi inflated characteristic actually helps reduce overpowered water relaunches too.
When the kite comes down it loses a bit of pressure. This does not affect the relaunch in itself, but when you relaunch the kite comes up a bit under inflated taking some of the airfoil shape out of the kite. As the kite goes up you can see it fully inflate.
There is a bit of a myth going around that you have to launch all foils straight downwind.
This is not true.
I side launch nearly all the time.
I will sometimes do a downwind launch if the tide is really high and the beach is narow with side shore winds.
Whe it comes to magazine reviews of Foils it is understandable that they know a bit less about them. However it's great to see magazines reviewing kites that are a bit out of the main stream.