Theres a lot of talk on here about this, some say yes some say no, i do, however i can see why some dont. Either way you need to be leashed up so you can let go if things go wrong stright to QR.acctx wrote:The other day I was getting an assisted launch. It was extremely gusty so I didnt hook in right away as the launcher was getting control of the kite and we were walking into position. The kite was waving around kind of crazy and eventually he lost control. Stupidly I was not leashed in yet either and when he let go of the kite it blew away.
Someone mentioned to me that I really needed to be hooked in to launch at all times because the depower bar would not actually depower unless I was hooked in because of the type of kite (Bow kite).
Aside from the obvious issue of not being leashed to the kite, should I always be hooked in before my launch person picks up the kite? We were basically walking into position and I was just about to hook in when he lost control.
That sounds like the plan right theredavesails7 wrote:I hook up my leash before the assistant picks up the kite, but don't hook in until I see that everything is looking good.
What he said was that the depower on bow kites really only works well if you are hooked in. If you are holding on to the chicken loop (like I was) the bar can be resting pulled in. When a gust hits the kite powers up and you have to let go before the bar can slide out. If you are hooked in he said you will have enough resistance for the bar to slide out on its own and depower the kite.ragden wrote:In a situation like that... I'd hook up the leash, but not necessarily the chickenloop... At least if he lets go, it doesnt fly away. But being fulled connected to the kite, could have been really bad. In that situation the kite could have powered up and slammed right into the guy who was trying to launch you... Could have been really bad...
I do the same as this, there are a lot of kooks around though that try to get you to pick the kite up while the lines are still slack though, so as soon pick it up the kite gets ripped out of your hands. launching your kite is not hard just don't be an idiotMotion wrote:I and 90% of other i see on the beach do it like this.
Untangle the lines down wind or side ways if no room down wind. Some do it upwind.
When every thing is set, i grab a bar and walk to the edge of ww.
Connect my leash then hook in the CL.
Signal the asistent to put kite up. But still holding it.
Walk up wind until kite is filled with wind. The lines got tensioned.
Check the lines. If all is ok. Signal the asistent to let go of the kite.
Never ever i got problems whit this procedure even in the gusty winds we have here.
i often see kites hitting ground and pushing the luncher, because they don't know or realise the kite is to deep in the wind window.
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