t3rse wrote:I had a kite take off walking back on the top flying line and by the time I reached the bar it was way overhead out of my reach and the kite spectacularly impaled itself on some erosion control stakes.
But that's the point of running your hand along....you give it a little pressure/tug to keep it down...and if it takes off, then you yank on it hard just like a self rescue situation, kite should 100% depower on 1 flying line.
FabsPH: not many people would self launch if there's other people around to help. Self launching is when you don' t have that luxury. I have done a lot of reading/research on drift launch, it seems to be a viable alternative but has serious negatives too ... if things go wrong (like line tangle or kite lines grabs a rock or seaweed under water), it can go very badly. At least with carabiner launch, if things go bad, your kite suffers but you are not attached to it. With a bad drift launch, you may be attached to a death spiraling kite in shallow water. I do need to learn to drift launch though (safely), for areas that have no potential for carabiner launch....and in these spots, it is drift launch or don't kite.