NO excuse ; for being ignorant, as to how your safety works .alamos_kiter wrote:rynhardt wrote:It's not a matter of being smarter than anyone else, it's about whether the safest system designed for the lowest common denominator is appropriate to the convenience and control that you personally prefer.
I also prefer "flagging" to both front lines. I like the fact that my kite doesn't end up in a tangled mess.
I am very comfortable with 90% depower that keeps a manageable amount of tension on the lines at all times.
For me there's no real benefit to 100% depower.
As you say, horses for courses. Important factor is knowing how your stuff works and training its use.
The reality is, 99% of the kiters have never thrown their kite to safety in overpowered conditions. Say 30+ kn on a 9-10m. This is where the truth is, not in a sunny afternoon 8kn breeze.
My kites flag to 1 front line reliably in any kind of wind or storm. I would not relaunch as I have to expect tangles half of the time, but self rescue and reset on the beach. But that's only me.
My Edge , also flags to one line ; and Lots of things that could be made better with
the stock system. One of the problems with that stock system is that after 2 kite-loops ,
i can expect to be ejecting the leash, along with the chicken-loop ; because it almost
probably , will not flag with two line wraps . Ejecting the leash ; that also places
everyone that is down-wind of me , (at risk). A partial solution for me, is to never get
more than One line wrap , without setting up my next move to unwrap it.
On crowded days at 6-mile ; i generally drop the kite far enough away from
the swim-zone, to self-rescue with my lines wrapped on the bar. I do this mainly
because i don't trust my balance on the fake-legs, in shifty light wind, ; so i
have hit my QR a Lot, since 2009.