gmb13 wrote:2) I know I am probably the only arcuser who does not advocate launching the kite by yourself in strong winds. I prefer to launch with a Partner inflating and holding the kite. This gives you a similar launch to an LEI, and is much more controlled. Also sometimes its the only option, eg. in Hood River last year when the Sandbank was submerged, I had to have people walk out into the river and inflate my kite there and then launch it LEI style.
3) It's become far to normal nowadays to launch and land your kite by yourself. I am one of those guys who does it far too much and in dangerous situations. I should now better, but I only do it if I really can't find anybody to help me. If there is someone there, I will ask. This "out for myself" attitude is what is getting people killed. So I think that is where the underlying problem is.
You make a good point here (point 2).
The assisted launch you are talking about where the assistant hold the kite up in a taco shape and inflates it is a very nice method in strong winds.
When it is well inflated the assistant opens up the taco and releases the top tip, followed by the bottom tip and the kite goes up at the edge of the wind window..
It's particularly nice with small kite when it's blowing really strong and just bending down on the beach will get you a face, mouth and eyes full of sand.
That said you need to have an assistant that knows what he is doing... and when it come to arcs there arn't enough around...
IT's a pitty because the smaller arcs are great high wind kites in experienced hands.
Gunner you should post a video of this type of launch.
You can also do it with some of the flysurfers, However I prefer to lay the kite out just to take a peek at the whole bridal before launching.