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Newbie looking for X3 relaunch tips

Postby allezgrand » Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:22 am

Hi. I'm brand new to the sport. I have watched a few videos and read a bit, but after the gobs that I shelled out on gear, I cannot afford a lessons right now, so I'm hoping you guys can help with a piece of advice.

I have a Naish X3 16M, and cannot figure out how to relaunch it for the life of me...land or water (aside from the normal weighting of the edge with sand and launching at the edge of the wind window). I was playing with it today in light winds and whenever it went down, it tended to roll over with the leading edge down and then it would just pull until I let the bar go and held the safety leash. The videos that I watched just seemed to give the advice "play with it" and in the clips it rolled over and popped back up, but I have had no such luck. Advice?? Please??

Also, how does one normally launch a kite from the water if one has to walk out past swimming buoys before launching?

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Postby harakiri » Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:20 am

Try relaunching it shallow water. Run to it until it rolls over, first. (In deep water you have to swim, which makes it much more difficult). Then, if the kite is inflated ok, then it would be able to keep the shape and move to the edge of the wind window. If under inflated the kite gets that twisted cancer society emblema shape. Pulling the chicken loop strap opens kite a litle bit, after which it lanches.

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Postby kitebored » Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:24 am

i had an x-3 16.... those things are near impossible to relaunch....


pump it up hard and pray.

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Postby TheRussian » Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:53 am

the 16m x3 is launchable from deep water (but must be pumped up to 7psi or thereabouts)... and it requires strong/hard swimming. If the leading edge is down in the water with the underside of the canopy facing you... my technique was:-
1) unhook completely from the chicken loop or fixed harness line.
2) get the bar with your left hand, then reach up to the depower strap and pull it from in front of you to right over your head...then
3) Swim hard and fast toward the kite.... when I mean swim, not a leasurely doggy paddle, but swim like there's a great white chasing you!!
4) the kite will then flip over so that the wing tips are up and it is resting on the "roof" of the canopy.
5) then with the kite directly downwind of you, swim AWAY from the kite, but to either to the left or right of the kite
6)the kite will then be in a position to relaunch.
7)sometimes it is necessary to pull on one of the lines to reposition the relevant wing tips
8)prior to launching, it is advisable to hook into the chicken loop.

Alternatively, retro fit a 5th line shift system YOU WILL BE AMAZED how much easier this makes steps 1-4. Basically pull on the red shift line, BINGO the kite flips onto its back without any Johnny Weissmuller swimming :D It makes the process soooo much easier :D

When you prctice a deep water relaunch dont aim to do your first one on the horizon....keep it safe and so that your mates/other riders know where you are.

Good luck :D

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Postby mikes » Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:56 am

Hook up a 5th line to the pump leash, waay easy to relaunch

While you're at it, connect your leash to the 5th at the other end instead of one the front lines for a better safety system

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Postby Fatfish98 » Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:56 am

And nobody mentioned that a newbie SHOULDN'T be on an X3 !!!
It's way too technical for a first kite....an Aero or something mid aspect would be far better and quicker to learn with.
My advice would be to sell it and get something safer and more suitable.

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Postby allezgrand » Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:51 pm

Wow! Thank you guys soooo much! That was an exceptionally fast and thorough response.

TheRussian: Thanks a ton for the step by step instructions. When you described swimming toward the kite, you said I'm holding the bar with my left and pulling on the depower strap with my right, so am I then imagining that this great white that's chasing me has already bit off my arms and all I have to swim with are my legs??? Have you tried doing this while laying on the board so that you can get more speed?

Fatfish98: Thanks for the advice. I was told after I bought it online that this is a very technical kite by a kite shop here in Cape Cod which I visited, but I'm only up here for a week, so I don't have time to sell it, ship it and wait for another one to come in. If I continue to struggle greatly with it, I will take your advice when I get home before I head out again, but for now, I'm going to make due.

It sounds like the fifth line is probably one of the best bets, so I will go to the shop this morning to see if I can buy one.

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Postby KBH » Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:50 pm

TIPS...

sell the kite, way too technical...fifth line is not the answer either...
don't even practice with...
it is a loaded gun and you are a 2 year old...
think about it...
don't endanger yourself and others....
TAKE LESSONS....
come here to hatteras for lessons....
best place in the world....

i am NICE on the forum, but if locals see a guy
like you on our beach with a kite like that, given
your experience, it won't be polite....

you will be shut down....you jeopardize our sport
and jobs....
i hope it is like that at other spots as well....

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Postby KBH » Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:51 pm

TIPS...

sell the kite, way too technical...fifth line is not the answer either...
don't even practice with...
it is a loaded gun and you are a 2 year old...
think about it...
don't endanger yourself and others....
TAKE LESSONS....
come here to hatteras for lessons....
best place in the world....

i am NICE on the forum, but if locals see a guy
like you on our beach with a kite like that, given
your experience, it won't be polite....

you will be shut down....you jeopardize our sport
and jobs....
i hope it is like that at other spots as well....

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Postby TheRussian » Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:59 pm

KBH has a point :oops:


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