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Ok so as someone new to kitesurfing I am spending alot of time out there alone. Launching is pretty easy where I am but self landing is far more complex due to crowded beaches.
THe other day in high winds I was abit overpowered (kept lofting me up 10 ft or so abov the water no matter what I did) and I came up with a tactic that worked really well to self land. Basically I would use a gust at full power to push the kite far to the edge of the wind window over water. When the gust died the kite would stall out over the ocean and I was able to move downwind of the kite, then go pickup my kite in the water and swim/walk it into shore quite easily. Water is pretty shallow for quite a distance into the ocean where I am so it works. At times the kite would haul me deeper into the water but by doing a power stroke to the extreme edge of the window the kite simply could not stay up once the gust blew off.
Technique wise, I really dislike the attachment approach and attempting to land on the beach with dozens of sub-10 year old beach gawkers has proven problematic as I get really nervous about the kids getting too close. Anyone else have a different technique or tactic to self-land a kite when the beach is crowded and you have high winds (35+mph)?
If you are getting lofted 10 feet you must be seriously overpowered. Let me guess you only have one kite....Right? I have never in two years of kiting felt like I was on the edge of getting lofted. And when I do that kite is coming down asap..that's how people die!!!!!
If the beach is that crowded and no one is able to land you then I would self rescue and swim it in. SAFER FOR EVERYONE....
you don't even have to sail back, though if you were getting lofted 10 ft off the water that's what i would do
i usually just ride up to the beach, make sure nothing is downwind of me, hook leash to the flag out line, and unhook and let go of the bar so the kite flags out. then just walk up the line to the kite and flip it over. if you get the kite in the right spot before you throw the bar, your lines won't spaghetti bowl
this is really the only safe way i've found to self-land if you're pretty powered. i usually try the standard method of setting it on its wingtip and pulling a top line, but when you're lit this doesn't work very well. i give it 2-3 tries while hooked to the flagging line and if the kite falls on its back or just keeps bouncing off the beach i just unhook the loop and let go.