On 2002-11-26 10:48, sq225917 wrote:
the psychio is a brand new design.
flysurfer don't do much advertising.
they don't have a real pro team.
they don't waste your money on marketting campaigns.
unless you totally stuff it into the water it will pop right up.
they will handle ten minutes just sitting there in the water no problems.
performance wise they are similar to lei, but with much greater hangtime for any given height of jump
I second that, and add, that the longest I have had relaunching a Psycho from the water so far is under 1 minute. Normally it is between 10 - 20 seconds when leadnig edge down, instantly when leading edge up, or on the side.
In light winds there is a chance of gettig tangles when the kite goes down, but they usually pop right out with some bar pumping.
Then there is the rare full twist though its own bridals front collapse, which has happened to me twice in 2 months. Once with the 12.5 and once with the 15.5. This requires landing, untangling (easy enough) and then back out. On the 12.5 it happened after a small jump in low winds 11-12 knots (who can resist when you can build up so much speed in such low wind conditions
). Did not bring the kite back, i.e. about 11 oclock, lines slacked, no time to react, oops collapse twist! But still flies!!! Yes it is true. You have to keep a lot more preassuer on the bar, as any depower will make the kite want to collapse again and again. This was the first time it happened, and I was baffled. So I came in (yes you can stil control your direction and get back to the beach), landed and examined, and saw what had happened. 10 minutes later (as I said it was the first time) I was out again, happy as a kiter.
Anyway - I know why this happens, or at least in which situations. Low wind conditions - i.e. lower limits for kite size, gusty (i.e. a few knots up and down occasionally), and kite overhead (on beach), or slightly behind onself (after jump) - AND, not actively controlling the gusts. It has not happened to me in stronger conditions, i.e. over 14 knots with the 12.5, even though I do spill the kite occasionally, and in 18 + conditions, I am quite convinced that unless you fly the thing straight down, there is (almost) no way it can go into the water.