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How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:54 pm

Hi

We have discussed this locally, as it is not easy to be as fast as windsurfers.

But HOW fast can you rig a LEI kite ?

If you leave the lines on, you will save time (when it goes right).

But as most dont, maybe we should have two "contests" - one when you rig with lines attached, and one where you have to attatch the lines.

The same question could go for packing down - HOW fast can you pack a kite and bar down, and in the bag ?


To be fair, I think we should talk about medium kitesizes, that is around 8-10m2 sizes, and not smaller nor bigger.

My guess is, it will be just under 2 minutes when lines left attached, and just over 2:30 when lines are mounted.

Not in average, but for the REALLY fast ones :lol:

For derigging I think it will be somewhat over 1 minute, up to 2 minutes (till the kite is deflated, lines rolled up, and kite + bar in the bag and closed), for the fast ones.

Mostly theory and some experience, but lets see what you guys and girls can do ?

Video required of course, but easy to make if you think you are fast :rollgrin:

For comparison, the Danish Windsurfer Kenneth is quite fast:

http://www.boardseekermag.com/features/kenneth-danielson/

Interesting to see how fast LEI kites in the medium sizes 8-10m2 can be rigged up and down ?

Lets see your "records", no matter if fast or slow :thumb:

8) Peter

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby The Captain » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:32 pm

I know you said LEI, but check out the first 7 seconds of this silliness...
http://vimeo.com/78772663

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby shawn13 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:05 pm

The Captain wrote:I know you said LEI, but check out the first 7 seconds of this silliness...
http://vimeo.com/78772663


Thats amazing!

Ive never read anything on that kite but im intrigued now

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:09 pm

The Captain wrote:I know you said LEI, but check out the first 7 seconds of this silliness...
http://vimeo.com/78772663


Ha haa, yep :thumb:

Still, even with a foil, you have to pack the kite out of the bag, and wind the lines out, which will take at least half a minute alone :roll:

I have never timed it fully myself (a standard LEI rigging and derigging, when fast), so could be interesting to see some real life timings :naughty:

Not that it matters - simply out of curiosity :rollgrin:

8) Peter

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby Westozzy » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:15 pm

Ha ha that vid was fun to watch ...

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby dyyylan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:35 pm

To me it's not the set up time that is annoying, I usually do it in 5 minutes or less, but with adrenaline pumping you don't really notice it ;)

It's when you have to roll the kite up, spending time to wipe all the damn sand off of it, getting all the air out, etc. Screw that!

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby SupaEZ » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:15 am

[quote="Peter_Frank"]
To be fair, I think we should talk about medium kitesizes, that is around 8-10m2 sizes, and not smaller nor bigger. [quote]

To be fair how about you rig 2 kites 8-10m2 and i will rig 1 kite 19m2 :lol:
To be fair make sure your lines are on also
:D ...i'm pretty fast fast fast....got lots of practice over the years :happybirthday:

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby coleman » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:18 am

with my scoprega pump i can unwind my lines while the kite fully inflates. if i was really going for it i would imagine i could be on the water in 5 minutes

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby TheJoe » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:44 am

I can blow up my 13m Fuel in less than a minute with my my on-board air compressor. Could be faster if I adjusted the regulator. I don't rush my lines how ever and I all ways double check them. So I don't really feel like doing this test.

Like Dyyylan I hate packing away. It takes far more time for me to pack down than it takes to get on the water.

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Re: How fast can you rig a kite ?

Postby juandesooka » Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:52 am

A related question...let's say you're at work, and it is windy midday, and you can sneak away for a quick kite session....how much time do you need to make it worthwhile?

For me, 2 hours minimum: that's includes 12 minute drive each way, plus putting on wetsuit and booties, kite setup, etc. That gets me probably 45mins on the water. I figure maybe 10min setup, 5min pack down. You guys are fast! Must be powerful pumpers. :thumb:


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