I drift launch 80% of the time from my local kite spot and don't get tangles.
This is what I do.
1. Pump up kite leading edge facing water far enough from shoreline to walk out lines.
2. Walk out lines confirm no tangles.
3. Hook in Chicken loop and safety leash
4. Walk up middle of lines
5. Grab center of kite and lift letting wind tips drag.
6. Walk back to board at shoreline (keep bar under elbow)
7. Pick up board with free hand and walk out to a safe distance. (make sure nothing will snag lines)
8. Release kite with leading edge facing you and splash water onto canopy
9. Quickly walk away from kite to minimize time there is slack in lines
10. Let go of board and launch kite**
** I don't use this technique if wind is 'nuclear'.
They are excellent points. irwe and I kite alot together and we mostly have to drift launch
at most of our spots. They key point I would like to add to is #9. I always try to keep moving at all times. The only time I would stop is to release the kite. Then I would keep walking away from the kite. I feel it reduces the chance of a tangle.
Line set up on the beach is critical,do it right and double check. As Westozzy said, go back to shore and set up again. Drift
launching is about 90% successful. Factors such as line tangles, debris and your kite flipping can ruin a good launch
if its super windy try to get someone to launch
you. It makes me nervous in high wind. if something goes bad you can be in trouble. This year I actually enlisted the help of a non kiter to assist me to launch
due to the high wind. I gave him instruction and he followed it perfectly. To me, it was safer than a drift launch
. I was in control of the whole launch
,drifting there is always a small chance of an issue.