HA !! it's Page (4) !!!!!!
Thanks for posting 'pro' reason (7): Nicer to grab a floatie, than a bare leader, or kite line, when the need arises.
OK -- that's 'pro' reason (7) ---------101
THIS -----is 'pro' reason (7)----------210 ,or for the more Advanced Class on # 7 :
First i tell Ya how i screwed some San Diego kiters into Eating S**T by unsuccessfully
It's Spring 2010 in sail bay San Diego. I get there & meet my friend, it's blowing 12-15
and everyone sets up large, i set up my 13m Edge.
It picks up to 25mph & everyone puts away their kites & go Small ; everyone but Me.
My buddy wants to help me put up my 11m Edge, but i say NO, i'll be Fine.
So 14 kiters are watching me as now i'm the only one ready. I get a launch
and go out, I powered Perfect !!
So i get about 100- yards Off Shore with the sun in everyone's eyes, cause there
I start a transition turn back South in front of everyone & grab the Bar Float. (still blowen 25)
I drop the kite to where i Know from the last 100 times i did this, (that the kite will
just barley clear the water). They Really couldn't see what i did except that the kite
did a full 360 and i never slid an inch toward Down Wind with the Board.
Here's the FUN part :
Some cocky Lil Sh*t decides that if the Legless White haired Guy can toss a kite-loop
in a 25, then, "so can He" (.)
So He does ----------------------------------------------------He gets Fricken LAUNCHED !!!!
Skipped like Three Times before sinking into the water.
I Laughed so hard i Nearly fell off my board !!
SO -- let's say your doing a 180 back to your Right but your still tacking Left.
Just after you put your kite up overhead to slow down and turn the board
up-wind to do the transition, place your Left hand on the center of the bar and
grab the floatie with your Right. Place the Kite kinda far to the other side of the
As you're watching it fall straight down, bend the back knee A Lot to weight up
the rear of the board. If you get yanked too hard then the board will just follow the
Once you pull that Bar Float back to your hip, HOLD IT !
Do NOT let go until the kite is parallel to the water-line & headed to the other
side of the wind window. Even if Ya do get Yanked, it'll only last for a moment
as the kite is headed OUT of the power zone. If you let go early, you'll get
launched as the kite powers back up.
When done correctly, the center of rotation for the kite should be somewhere
about 2 foot or (.6m) inside the tip of the kite. About where the first strut is located
on an Ozone Edge.
When i'm warming up & trying to get the adrenaline kicken ; I will usually do a back-roll
and land it then do my next transition turn with This De-powered kite-loop.
then do the same in reverse. It is ecstatically Way more pleasing to view because it
at-least it LOOKS symmetrical !!
Unwinding your lines by spinning the bar Looks :"GAY" (.)
NO Beer from --Bille-- if you spin your bar !!