Now let's have the whole kite community agree on this wonderful benefit of bar floaties so you might be able to get back to kiting.
That would be a COOL thought, but it's raining in Vegas today, & the only wind will be from powerful rain-squalls ; It's a good day to work on a kite and live vicariously
through the Guys who are kiting somewhere on the planet with "warm" Sun & consistent
breezes. (( I HOPE your having FUN )) please post & make my day less boring !! (ya dick)
OK ----- BAR FLOATS :
This is for the new-be who Can't do a kite-loop and is afraid to learn because
of the power it can deliver. I use this Mostly for deep water starts in Really light wind
where simply sighing the kite won't initially get me out of the water & on plane.
Point the board about 20-30deg down wind to direction of travel.
Lets say your gonna go Right. Leave the left hand on the bar and grab
the Bar Float, (at the Top) with the Right hand.
Bring the kite over to 11:00
and steer it back to the Right for that Lil extra speed. Now for your First Kite loop
when the kite hits 1:00 ---pull that bar float down to where it hits your chest.
What that will do is Decrease the diameter of your Kite-loop and the kite will start
to LOOSE power the moment it's diameter is reduced to less than optimum.
**Optimum is Usually achieved by grabbing the bar with both hands and turning
the kite into a loop.
So by grabbing the Bar float to initiate the loop, in effect your giving a bunch More
mechanical length and leverage to the rear line of your kite. In light winds, my
2010 - 13m Ozone Edge will actually fall out of the sky if i pull the bar float too far.
Where this comes in handy for Deep water starts is when you WANT the power
of a Kite-loop, to yank you out of the water in light winds ; but Ya miss-time the loop
and the kite is about to hit the water, ( just pull the floatie a bit further) and the kite will wind
up & miss the water thus giving you a chance for another try.
If your hand isn't already on the bar float when you need it to pull ; you Won't have time to stop
the kite from hitting the water.
**What will happen if both hands are on the bar and your "In" a kite-loop
& go to pull the Bar float to wind the kite up tighter, you need to let-go with one hand
to grab the float, and that will pull the kite Out of the turn. You Can't wind the kite
up tight enough to Loose power by JUST grabbing the bar unless your bar is 16 inches
wider than it should be, (because my bar floats are 8" long each).
** The Moment you pull the bar float "past" where Optimum diameter for a Kite loop is, you
can forget about getting up on plain with your board ;
((you just Dumped most all your power)) !!