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you want airtime of 1-2 minutes??? this is it.

Postby Guest » Tue Aug 12, 2003 3:45 pm

or go straight to the video: ... toopid.mp4

this is pretty dangerous, so don't try it. we had safety shackles EVERYWHERE (like 9 in the system) and still wanted more.

12-16knots wind. 20m kite.

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Postby chemosavi » Tue Aug 12, 2003 4:24 pm

There was a Seattle artist who did this tethered to a dump truck years back and it was his very last kite flying experience or any other experience for that matter. His lines broke.

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Postby bragnouff » Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:08 pm

Damn! he's so high !!! scary !

I think it would be more efficient and way much safer if both riders would have a board on the feet and with a much shorter rope between the riders, something like 5m or else... and maybe not that overpowered.
It is important that the pilot (the lifted one) could ride and take some speed to drag the other one.

Then, when the dragged rider will edge like a bastard from hell, the pilot would be lifted, maybe it is possible for him to jump too... :idea:

Need wind to test this !!!
Need to have a good sync between both pilots.
Maybe you'll see this soon in the next portnawake production...

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Postby zeroprestige » Wed Aug 13, 2003 4:15 pm

Actually, we tried with boards for both flyer and rider. Extremely difficult for flyer to not catch edges as the loads are so different.

You don't need to be any more powered up than you would for a normal ride (or barely more anyway). Fitting an extra long sheeting line is a good idea.

The tow rope was definitely too long. It took the rider up to 60' which was fine, but meant very little load transferred to board rider. (you could easily hold it one handed). A shorter tow rope would mean better transfer of towing force to following rider.

we used a 7'x2' board for extra planing area and were still struggling to plane.

shorter kite lines (15m) would also be a plus.

We simply body dragged out to deep water before starting the flying.

Much different than tethering to a fixed object (ie dumptruck) which is dangerous.

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Postby BigSmelly » Wed Aug 13, 2003 5:11 pm

Where was this done?

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Postby devin » Wed Aug 13, 2003 10:53 pm

after watching that video it reminded me of a video i downloaded a while back, they had a person attatched to the kite, then instead of to another person, to the back of a personal watercraft.
but the load was too great, and the lines snapped, the kite went off and he fell into the water, luckily he was wearing an impact vest though.

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