GungaDin wrote:15 feet is a standard jump
20 feet is a good jump.
Winds have to get strong to start exceeding that.
Smaller kites typically make jumping high easier, although landings become faster
1. Speed is your friend in lighter winds
2. Speed is not your friend in stronger winds; good edge will count for more than speed as the wind increases
3. Hold your edge absolutely as long as you can....release milliseconds before you cannot hold it any longer.
4. Sheet in after take off, make sure to keep pulling in all the way
5. Contrary to other poster do not sheet out (partially) until on the way down and line tension reestablished.
6. I overfly the kite to good effect, although I guess it's possible to overdue it.
You mileage may vary!
I dont agree with no "5" !
Be careful not to sheet to far in - but let the kite "fly" faster by releasing just a tad when up there...
Then you can sheet in to get more hangtime on the way down, and for a soft landing (if you are ONLY going for a high jump, and not loops nor speed in the landing etc)
But it depends on your "normal" trim setting.
I always want my kites to be able to stall, when fully sheeted
This way I have more control in EVERY situation, and can utilize the kite performance to the max - giving more low end in REALLY light conditions, and having the ability to land really gentle by almost stalling, and you can also park the kite very low in the window on purpose, when waveriding down the line
Most others trim the kite so they can just pull the bar fully without thinking or feeling - but I dont like that, because it takes the extra "edge" you can get when you know how to, out of the ride
Meaning - in reality I think you both agree (mobettah and GungaDin), as your kites might have a very similar trim in the air.
But I find a huge advantage in letting the kite gain speed when up in the air, as this does not really decrease "real" max lift although you have lower lift coefficient (because the extra speed gives more lift), and you suddenly have a lot of options, because the kite is much more agile and fast, so you can turn much faster, and decide where and how to land (fast with speed, or really soft floating down).
This is not possible if your kite is "parked" on max lift coefficient with lower speed
Timing is everything.
You probably take off too early for going huge...
Keep the edge as long as possible ! And when you've mastered that, learn how to "pop" at the exact same time as you need to release from the water.
You can not "think" how you have to do it
You have to practice, and "feel" when you get it right, thats the only solution IMO
Kindly, Peter Frank