Rando1994 wrote:Hey supa, do you mind describing how you land, deflate, and pack down your tube kites with the lines attached? Sounds like a great idea, but not sure how you get it done quickly. Thanks!
I would be glad to:
Land kite at edge of wind window by yourself or with assistant
The kite should fall Leading Edge down or assistant will flip it LE down
At this point detach yourself from kite completely and go to your kite and flip it belly up (wingtips up)
Hit the dump valve at kite's center or wingtip and lay the kite on its back "in line with the wind flow"
Weigh the upwind folded wingtip (about 1 1/2 foot fold) with sand to secure kite down
Push as much air out of struts as you can by pushing with flat palms and do same with leading edge
At that point go to your bar and start winding your lines by walking toward the kite's Trailing Edge
When you get about 20-25 ft from TE(stop winding) walk around upwind wingtip of the kite with bar
Place bar (secure flying lines w/bar ends cords) on ground 2 feet in front and on center of the LE
Gather all the "loose" lines and toss them in the kite that is still on it's back (by now pretty deflated)
Fold your kite from "wingtips to center"
If your kite has a "wingtip dump valve instead of center" start from wingtip without the dump valve
(easier to get air out faster)
When the kite has both wingtips folded in to near the center strut
Take the upwind folded area and place on top of downwind folded area
At that point you will have about a "2 foot wide kite strip" with the bar 2 feet in front center of LE
Fold kite in 2 (if battens) or in 3 starting from trailing edge going towards the leading edge
Squeeze all the air out the kite then grab bar from ground and simply lay atop of neatly folded kite
I never never advise to roll bar/lines EVER INSIDE any type kite!!!
Always should have bar/lines outside of kite 2 feet away from leading edge (with kite on it's back)
Works the same with either a foil or a tube
Next time you go out you pretty much undo in reverse all the steps