Is Johnny pumping the kite downwind?
I see he has a extra log depower rope
I've seen photos of Adam Koch doing the same thing.
My guess is that it allows them to depower/trim the kite without having to lean in, so they can hold more power with their weight outboard.
They steer with their back hand and trim the kite with the front hand from what I have seen.
The front hand pumping technique at 2;54 on the vid.
Many brands (Takoon, North, ...) used to propose a small handle attached to the depower strap of their C-shape kites circa 2003 to achieve the same result and was then abandonned.
It is strange that this is back. Is it that effective ?
What are really the benefits compared to a bar sheet-out ? Does it virtually increase your arm length ?
Where is this 5th line attached to the kite ?
By "pumping the kite downwind" are we inducing a jelly-fish type oscilating movement (the parasite effect that has been fought for years by kite designers ) ??
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PS: Pouch, is it this kind of picture that was removed last year upon Bruno SROKA's request ?