Sure it is possible. Why not?
LIES, damn lies, by ram lovers. This is what REALLY happens when you try to "self-rescue" with a ram air:joriws wrote: ↑Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:18 pmSure it is possible. Why not?
Rewind lines to bar like lei. Grab fabric, pull via bridle the other side tip to you. Or put kite as taco and roll it while swimming. Just don't pull the kite via lines, swim towards it.
Kite is water and airtight. It is less density than water so it will even float empty. That's why drift launch is possible.
For the full epiphany, checkout http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php? ... 9&start=40diraklib wrote:"the SA-19 is huge and can whack you silly if you let it get down wind of you in a low wind launch. It is downright scary - be ready with the QR at all times if not up and riding!!! I can't say I agree with claims that you can ride the SA-19 in anything lower than a steady 8 knots. I made a personal choice to not ride the SA-19 any more. It went down twice in lulls and managed to bow-tie on the way down - there was no way to relaunch. I was not as lucky as others that self rescued. My kite was full of water by the time I dragged my very tired and frustrated a$$ to shore. It sounds simple, "wrap the lines around the bar, fold the kite in half, roll it up on your board and paddle in"... noooo... there are lines everywhere under water that wrap around your feet as you are trying to manipulate the kite. You just pray that a gust won't pop the kite up and slice of an appendage. The kite ... is just too scary when it goes down. My attitude now is - if my LEI won't fly, I shouldn't be on the water. Anyone interested in a slightly used SA2-19m??? Cheap???"
[flash=]+1PullStrings wrote: ↑Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:25 amRam airs have no business being on the water
Only makes some sense on snow....sand...grass...with steady light,medium winds
Foilboards are so efficient with LW tube in 5-6 knots that Rams aren't necessary
Of course there are always ( as PMU likes to put it) BS claims that some ride the water in 3-4 or 4-5 knots of wind using magical soft pillows
It's propaganda that you need a Ram for foilboarding
LEI's sit too far back in the wind window to be effective hydrofoiling, so if you want to go fast, far, on light wind days, foil kites win.
Looks like we're on the same page re. the 7-8 knot low end limit. Although there are some situations where it's good to have the extra power delivered by a 21m kite vs. 18m.