RickI wrote:Good point Peter, I made an insert per your suggestion. I have known folks to remove polar connectors because ... have no idea why. It really pays to use them and preflight your gear. I was looking for something else on youtube and came across the video clip. Can anyone summarize what was being said in the background? The kiter was lucky, it looks like a pretty strong wind day. Other guys have just smashed in launching with crossed lines.
Brent, the thing with the crossed lines is it doesn't fly right in the first place. It is reluctant to take off as the lines are already trying to force it into a radical turn. It makes a bad kite launcher, worse in effect. It pays to only use folks who know what to do and look for in launching a kite who also understand hand signals.
There have been a bunch of threads about crossed lines on here. Here is one from 2006:
They are saying:
Guys with camera to guy holding the kite:
0.03"Oh Rolf, what are you doing with that thing in your hands? (joking)"
0.08 "What is that thing?"
0.09 "Throw it up in the air"
0.09-0.25 laughing and dunno what the hell they are saying to eachother
0.26 "Smile for the camera"
0.28 "Keep on laughing"
0.30 "Are you throwing it up in the air or what?" other guy "Just let it go man"
0.42 Rolf throws the kite up in the air
0.49 "Seems like you didn't do that the right way, Rolf!"
0.51 (Rolf says) Not good!!?
To me it seems like Rolf is taking a lesson and the guys holding the camera (seem to be douchebags} atleast have no knowledge about kitesurfing whatsoever, dunno about "Rolf" but I think it is his first lesson as well.
It is also possible they bought a kite of ebay and are just starting without the lessons ofcourse
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