I was looking at the old Progression Beginner Video yesterday and it was beautiful to see all those old C kites. But they only gave one technique to relaunching an old C kite : swim to the kite until it rolls on its back.
How do you relaunch your C kite (I mean any C kite except for the post 2009 fuel which relaunches like a SLE kite, just tug a rear line).
Some people tug the 5th line (if they have it) until the kite rolls on its back. Some give the two center lines a short tug and swim to the kite.
I generally grab the opposite center and rear lines, give it a quick tug, and the kite will flip over for a hot launch (doesn't work if your bar has a high Y on it).
5th line, use it to tilt the kite back, pull on a steering line, kite will come round and relaunch. Can relaunch quite deep in the window and pull on the 5th still to keep the kite depowered. If you roll the kite right over onto its back then its becomes a nightmare and can takes ages to get it back up.
Some SLEs, especially in light wind, can be relaunched by pulling on the centre lines then letting go to tilt the kite back then a rear line can be used to relaunch.
As for 4 line C kites I remember pulling on the front lines and lots of swimming
I've never not had a 5th line... so yeah... just tug on the 5th until I can fly a wing tip. Never experienced the "tug on center lines and swim toward kite" thing at all... I might try that one day for the hell of it.