PhysioRol wrote:I have been riding 5 line for a couple of years and like it (mostly for depowering while on land and relaunching a big kite). I do not really notice a difference while riding in flat water but that is probably due to lack of skill.
I recently went in the surf and I came to the conclusion that I could not turn the kite (11m) fast enough to keep it in front of me while on the wave (kite sheeted out all the way).
Question: Does a 4-line C-kite steer better than a 5-line C-kite when sheeted out?
I am considering re-rigging my bar to 4 line to figure it out for myself but would rather avoid that hassle if it makes minimal difference.
Depends on your bar system.
But basically - if you have a 5 line kite, and the kite is depowered more than the same 4 line kite would be when sheeted out - then you will get a bad response/not be able to turn fast
So a "clean" 4 line kite will always turn good of course - but a 5'th line dont make it turn slow, as long as you dont have too much tension on the 5'th
Of course there is a bit more into the design, but above is still how it works.
So I think you have too much tension on your 5'th (or an "active" depower 5'th - which will also result in slower turning).
Correct this, and you should be fine
Or, as said in above posting, dont sheet out as much (or take a smaller kite)
If you have a flat kite with pulleys at the kite, you can avoid this - as you will be able to have tension on the rear lines, even when depowered (tension on the 5'th line or bridles), and the kite is still controllable.
But this is another issue...
:- ) Peter