Hey Norcom - Looks like you have had quite a time with your R1,
I suggest you put that experience behind you and get ready to start again.
When I took delivery of my first Chrono (18m) I did the following, basic and obvious I know but essential in my opinion.
· Read the manual front to back
· Laid the kite out in garden in order to study the kite and bridle configuration
· Checked how the bar was setup and chicken loop assembly worked
· Checked to make sure that I knew how to connect the lines to the kite
Launching a “closed cell foil kite” is very different to an “open cell foil kite” having mainly flown open cell kites over the years. Open cell kites launch fully inflated immediately as compared with “closed cell foils” that don’t.
Chrono's take off partially inflated in which the wing tips (Sometimes one or both being tucked in) It took me a bit of time to fully inflate the kite whilst the kite is airborne on my first attempt. There was “absolutely” nothing wrong with the kite, it was me who had to learn the technique on how to inflate it. Once fully inflated, I flew it for couple hours flying it back and forth learning its flying characteristics and being easily dragged around the beach in very light winds.
With one or both wing tips tucked in, a very “careful” pull down on the brake line flattens the kite out with the kite descending at the same time. This allows air to fill the wingtips, but there is a fine balance. Too much brake results in the kite descending to fast, letting go of the brake line to quickly the kite powers up so fast, the wing tips will probably still be tucked in.
As the wingtips start to inflate you carefully ease the pressure on the brake line which then causes the kite to ascend. I usually perform this task near the edge of window depending on the wind strength. It will probably take several attempts to get the kite fully inflated.
As time goes go by it gets easier and have noticed the kite inflates faster now. I guess the fabric and bridles have “bedded in” and I am mastering the technique. These kites do need to be managed and respected. They need to be carefully packed away with the lines either left connected to the bar or if you remove the lines make sure you secure the bridle pigtails in the velcro tags on the trailing edge.
The bridles can tangle easily, in which untangling can take time. However the more you understand the bridle configuration the easier it is.
I always wash the bar and lines in fresh water after use and check the pulleys are sand free. I have upgraded the speed system having received the free warranty replacement from Ozone last year. I now have the 12m and the 9m, they are all great kites and I’m very pleased with them.
These kites look stunning in the air and fly beautifully in my opinion.
Hope you are not put off by your experience, you have a very high aspect, high performance foil there that needs to be flown. I couldn't say how you fly them, I just fly them.