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vindsportknut
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Downhill backwind

Postby vindsportknut » Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:26 pm

This is not a fancy music video of spectacular moves, but an everyday show of different skills in downhill kiting with backwind. This setting is not easy as you need to understand that the wind cannot help you. You have to make your own wind by moving faster than the wind and thereby produce power in your kite. Similar is shown when kiters move faster than the wind downwind on frozen lakes. This video is not published to make negative comments on those troubling downhill with the wind from behind, but to show that you need insight to perform well downwind and downhill at the same time. The point is: keep up your speed, higher than the wind or your kite will fall down.
https://vimeo.com/163944677

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Re: Downhill backwind

Postby Hardwater Kiter » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:11 pm

Very cool.

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Re: Downhill backwind

Postby FLandOBX » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:22 pm

vindsportknut wrote:You have to make your own wind by moving faster than the wind and thereby produce power in your kite. .......
Please explain the theory in more detail, if possible. What you've said is obviously counter-intuitive. So more explanation might be useful.

I understand the concept of apparent wind, but I'd suggest that apparent wind is created by working the kite and is necessitated by the pilot traveling faster than the speed of the wind. Is this the concept?

Very interesting video and topic. Thanks.

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Re: Downhill backwind

Postby Windstoked » Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:19 pm

Why no kiteloops? One good way to keep apparent wind speed of the kite high enough to prevent stalls is to keep the kite moving faster than you.

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Re: Downhill backwind

Postby waynepjh » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:38 pm

Here is a downhill downwind shot. Gravity and apparent wind
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Re: Downhill backwind

Postby Windstoked » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:24 pm

Excellent demonstration, Wayne. That ridge is impressive just to ski down, much less have to simultaneously work your kite to keep it from stalling.


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