I have to chime in here a little. I do admit that the Hyperlink and R1 fill up quite quickly with water, but only when there is a human still attached to the bar. Recently I have been doing a lot of stupid things like letting go of the kite and letting it fly and trying to catch in up whilst pumping the foil. Quite a few times I have lost the kite completely and have had to swim for a long time to get to the kite, or in stronger winds I have had to swim to shore and get the boat . Anyways in these situations that kite has not had any water in it, even after almost 20 minutes of sitting on the water. Not once in such a case have I had a problem with water in it.
So it probably has more to do with the the extra resistance of a person pulling against the kite, or the position of the intakes when there is such resistance. Any thoughts on this?
I do have video of one of these incidence where I had to swim after my kite, so if you would like to see it, just let me know and I will upload it.
I've drowned my Hyperlink 3 times but it was always when the wind dropped below 8 knots. I've never had an issue relaunching above that.
Im keen to try some techniques others mentioned in another thread recently on how to relaunch a drowned kite as Im certain my skills weren't up to it.
To your original post on air pressure, ive had my hyperlink lying in the beach after a session next to a V3 Chrono and Speed 5 and that is the order in which the three kites hold their air from worst to best.
Wow Gunnar - looks like you have a craving for drama! I think that’s the first I’ve ever heard of someone intentionally ditching their kite during a session and trying to catch it up in the air! Should have a large ‘don’t try this at home’ warning attached....
It's a game played on land. Can be done with waves to. I think it is quite possible with a hydrofoil in light wind, you could ride the swell etc aswell. Would make a good little clip in kite videos. Swapping between 2 riders would be even better now I think about it.
I think people have missed the point of the video. My question was: Why does the kite not fill up with water in a situation like this?
Quite easy answer. Because you have barely left it on the water. It is not a fast relaunch but also not a slow one. I will also add the vents avoid taking any water and narrowly miss some of the whitewash that could have added quick a bit of water. Your technique is no doubt good, hard to see exactly what has happened. Maybe you did drop the whole kite and bar? You did avoid a tip wrap, inversion, hourglass, an some bridle fun. At the end you had some water, tips definitely flapped, kite collapse may have been because of water as well.
I will add a quick relaunch on a foil kite will leave tube kiters not aware it even dropped. I would say 2-10seconds. On many occasions I have relaunched while still on plane, even relaunched while still riding a wave a few times.