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Big Land Gaps

Postby NickBaines » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:01 pm

Hi fellow kiteboarders 🖖🏼,

I am new to the forum, and wanted to share a video I made from this past summer consistening of some large land gaps in the Northern Chesapeake. I felt it fitting since Kevin just won the Red Bull King of The Air on the same 9m pivot. It’s only 44 seconds long, so enjoy!

I hope that everyone gets a session today!!

-Nick Baines
https://youtu.be/aE6fIod6mOo

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby NickBaines » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:05 pm

Also, what is your favorite kite to extend your hang time?

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby Toby » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:03 pm

Looks great!

Here one from Aaron Hadlow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqg2_8ff3k

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby NickBaines » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:39 pm

That’s dope! I have had some good times riding with Aaron down here in Hatteras. Here is a big fail I had trying to megaloop one of the gaps and ended up in a bush 😂

I still prefer the pivot for the hang time. What kind of kite do you use, Toby?
https://youtu.be/WrJYj54GnNM

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby jeromeL » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:52 pm

NickBaines wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:39 pm
That’s dope! I have had some good times riding with Aaron down here in Hatteras. Here is a big fail I had trying to megaloop one of the gaps and ended up in a bush 😂

I still prefer the pivot for the hang time. What kind of kite do you use, Toby?
https://youtu.be/WrJYj54GnNM
LOL I love land gap, I have kiteloop one, almost didn’t make it but worked out ;)
So far I never had any fails.

Here is a close one i did in OBX LAST SUMMER in real slick:
https://instagram.com/p/BW87euUldJy/

Next time I go there I want to do more on planet of the apes downwinder, didn’t fin all the good slick yet.

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby NickBaines » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:20 pm

That’s an epic one for sure! I definitely remember you being in the slick this summer. Let’s link up for some downwinders when you’re in town, Jerome!

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby ichabod » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:46 pm

Have often wondered what specific techniques you can use when going for maximum jump distance for gaps like these (as opposed to pure height). Loops or moving the kite while airborne would help but how about the actual take-off?

Edit: kind of hard to see in Aarons video due to the angle, but it seems to me like shortly after take-off he starts to send the kite forwards again - sooner than you would do for a normal jump where you wait to swing underneath he kite a bit more?

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby NickBaines » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:17 pm

It really depends on the kite, ichabod. I usually use a flatter kite like the Xr5 or pivot for horizontal distance. I will typically move the kite forward and back above my head with the kite fully sheeted in to the point of backstalling the sail in order to extend hangtime. I have never gone skydiving but I think it’s similar to flaring a parachute. The flatter kites will tend not to drop you as fast like the c kites and c hybrids. Although, I love taking my old Chaos out for land gaps like this. I just tend to send that kite a bit faster and do a downloop or two if needed on the way down. ✌🏼

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Re: Big Land Gaps

Postby jeromeL » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:43 pm

Oh nice, I will definitely try to go back to OBX soon, April maybe.

Like Nick said it depends on kite and if you want to go for distance downwind or cross wind.
For cross wind I send kite fairly hard for early lift and also pop a bit earlier so I retain a lot of cross wind speed, and I redirect kite fairly quickly too.

It's weird because when you are quite efficient with your pop technique you don't go as far downwind anymore, when you pop you go straight up ;)
You want good pop for power but kite needs to be deep in window, on C kite by sending it harder and popping when kite is still deep while sheeting in all the way, sends you downwind nicely then you can keep kite back for a while and go for a later redirect and heliloop or downloop depending on what you are doing. Usually I don't pop as hard when i go for those but popping early works well since you still have plenty of horizontal speed that you can redirect downwind...


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