No easy answers or absolute "this always works" solutions that I have heard about. One thing you could try would be to tell the guys I will give you some tips but for starters you have to setup a safe distance downwind of people and hard objects, if they have a leash that can be rigged toss that in as a condition as well, what I have done at this point is to setup and launch the kite without a lot of commentary and then have one of the guys get in front of me and grab on to the bar. They are not hooked in. I then give them some feeling for the power of the kite. The area should be wide open and free of obstacles and people. I may even give a yank on one end of the bar to really let them get a feel for the power of the kite. If they freak out be totally sympathetic, say it is really tricky and say what most people do to manage through this is to get adequate lessons. It isn' t perfect but has worked in some cases.Kinky John wrote:I had a similar experience whilst visiting Dubai. I was walking down a very crowded beach with my wife, when I spotted a large LEI kite on the sand. I popped over to have a chat with the kiter, it turned out to be a couple of guys who had borrowed the kite from a friend. The kite was big - 16 SQM and massivley underinflated. They had no leash, or helmets and were trying to launch hooked in, by throwing the kite up from a directly downwind position. Luckily for them there was not enough wind to fly the kite, otherwise they would have been dragged through a crowd of families, 4x4's and other nasty obstacles. I told them that they should leave it and get some instruction, but they ingnored me. An hour or so later we passed them again and they were still at it - throwing up the kite. What more can you do?
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