The jibes are still the bitches, as you have to pull up front strap/foot first and then fast hit the other one when foot change and additionally after the downloop you have to bring the kite up again to be able to place back foot into strap, which is all not so fast and secure jet. But tacks with full strap to strap are getting well even in difficult conditions. And for the jibes started to try real aerial jibes so foot change in the air, which on the end could become easier than with the wing in the water . Stuff for future videos.
Practically every foil kite can be propellered like that. You just have to pull in on steering line by 0-30 cm above normal sheeting in and full steering in. For small kites with a close to stall point setting as I use it can be enough to just use the bar and correct riding pressure to enter. It is easier to start with an upwards loop. It is a bit more difficult to hold it over some helicopter rounds. For that you have to release the oversheeted line again by about 5-10 cm when the kite starts to really enter the movement and the turning point comes to the middle. If you don't release a bit in this moment angle of attack of the now backwards flying wing tip will become to low and it will "frontstall" / collapse as you also see at least one time in the last video. But if you find the right pressure point, especially a high AR race kite can helicopter extremly fast and also produce enough pull to go on riding on a foil in broad reach in > 15 knts of wind. You just have to remember to stop movement after at least 4 turns otherwise your lines will be blocked .Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:41 pm... it is incredible to see how this kite can turn on a dime literally, and ride backwards without pulling the rearlines - not so with the racekites...
Or is it just the sheer (small) size that makes them able to turn and handle like that ? Most never ride racekites smaller than 11 m2 (me neither).
And you are riding kite trailing edge backwards for a while - cool, have never seen that
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