On 2002-11-27 04:57, aklbob wrote:
at the kites top end jellyfishing changes the projected area of the kite resulting in unsteady power, on/off power if you like... it can be reduced a lot by using 30m lines instead of the 20m that comes with AB's, and kiting with a directional makes the kite jellyfish less.
I don't buy that one !
The projected area will not change (at least almost nothing - because the tips does not contribute to lift) - so you won't get unsteady lift because of this.
But it is still not known, whether the lift or performance will suffer, or not - for other reasons.
And the wobble over the front tube (like some of you have noticed on "soft" AR5's) can be quite destructive yes, but this is not the jellyfishing we are talking about.
Some X2's, and AB's and Black Tips are wobbling cleaner, and not that much, without the front tube problem.
Besides, I am sure that line length and board has nothing to do with jellyfishing or not.
I've noticed that on one day it can be totally "stiff" in the air, all day - and another day, the same kite/board will jellyfish...
This is due to small wind fluctuations (unsteady wind), and also small chop that lifts your board up and down in a rhytmic way. Small things you can not control (but if you change board and lines, you might change the period - so you either get more or less wobble, on THAT particular day)
Hmmm - it seems that noone can say for sure they have noticed that it changes performance...
Its all "talk" - if you are convinced it will - it will.
If you don't care - it won't !
Kindly - Peter Frank
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