Did that too on first few tries I feel really stupid watching my wife take lessons and doing it on switch blade on first try, you can't make a mistake on cabrinha system it seems. I learned on bandit and flew only bandit for a while....justkite100 wrote: One thing I noticed compared to the single line flag out kites I learnt on was how do I properly pack down the kite?
On a single line flag out it is the wrap the harness leash around the bar procedure, however this doesn't seem to work on the bandit-x / monolith bar. When I tried practicing this the kite actually started flying with the leash line wrapped around the bar.
Short answer is to first wind up 1 center line until kite is in true flagging position.
For Bandit or any other kite you need to make sure the kite is flagged before winding the line. If it s waist deep water I just pull the leash line all the way to high Y then grab one of the center line until kite flag.. then I secure that 1 center line first then grab all and start winding it up. If it's not waist deep you don't want to float around with excess lines so procedure is a bit different.
If it's not waist deep i pull the leash line and push the bar all the way to stopper ball.
1) wind leash line
Then I hold bar with one hand and with other hand I wind the leash line first, I start with going around one tip of the bar with a slip knot then all remaining power is on the bar so with free hand you can wind up all the leash line remaining.
2) I flag the kite by grabbing only 1 center line and winding it up the bar same as leash line. go a few more feet after kite is flagged.
3) now kite is flagged so grab all lines a do a few figure 8, then you can start winding all of them around bar using whatever method you like, some people use the bar as a leverage other just wind it up just like on the beach.
4) As you get to kite you can wind up some excess lines while holding kite, make a slip knot around the bar. then you can let go of bar or not while you self recue back to beach.
General advise while winding up the line is to make assumption kite can power up anytime so make sure no body part of finger is in the way of lines, do a figure 8 around chicken loop once in a while or a slip knot on one hand of the bar in case kite catch some wind and you have to let go of line.
Remind me of my first session, I went for one last tack because wind was getting light and it died totally and was side shore. I was really close to shore but still took me 30 min to pack down and self rescue because I didn't properly flag kite prior to winding the line....
Last year I had to do it on top of reef with waves breaking, no booties, sea urchin, half a mile from shore, it wasn't fun...