donohu90 wrote: Conditions were ~15 mph side shore winds, with a 12m kite.
Set it at the edge of the wind window, on its wing tip.
The kite bounced there once or twice, then started up towards 12.
The kite was at the edge of the wind window and pretty light winds, so not too much pull on the cord.
I agree, a slight angle change in the wind, and a calm self launch could quickly become an out of control hot launch. I had a close call kitemare along these lines, attempting to self launch a 6m in gusty winds up to 30kts. I didn't notice wind had shifted SE to NE while rigging. Meaning when I turned the kite to get it into launch position, I wasn't at the edge of the window any more but directly downwind.....and it threw me on my back so fast I didn't know what hit me. Right beside a big riprap breakwall with an 8' drop. I got lucky....bruised hip, bruised ego, no substantial damage to kite or body, but could have been way worse. Lesson learned....double check wind direction before you pick the kite up for your self launch!SupaEZ wrote: If the wind direction fluctuated a bit... you may not have been at the edge of window at all
Kites do not bounce like that unless the wind hits the inside of the kite at a good angle
For a kite to self launch like that means you had the kite too downwind in the window at not at edge
Yes, and the wind at Mohave is seldom Stable ; that is why i wentBWD wrote: ...
Wind has to be stable, or risk goes up!
That was Easy on the 2008 Ozone Edge, with it's center 5th-line ; my 2010bnthere wrote: ...
this is why you maintain contact with a centerline as you hustle from the kite to the bar, so that you can hold the centerline and manually disable the kite as it starts taking off because of whatever issue.
... the low centerline will bring the kite down the cleanest and fastest with the least distance traveled by you. people like the high centerline because they think a little tension on it helps prevent the kite from bouncing. low centerline is recommended for faster cleaner disabling of the kite.
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