juandesooka wrote:ok....dumb question.....why wouldn't you just use a fixed point launch, tether to something solid, even if only the kite bag full of rocks?
with friend holding it, if something does go wrong in launch or with their airborne kite, and they let go, there's nothing holding the kite. Not sure I see the advantage here?
Seems to me if 2nd person wants to help, simply ensuring the tethered kite doesn't launch itself would be more useful.
It not always easy to have a fixed point as secure as a kiters hand. If there is a secure fixed point, I would also prefer it.
Especially for landing, there are times that there is no fixed point because nobody thought of sorting one out before leaving the beach and their mates (someone who finished his session launches the last guy at the beach and then leaves).
As far as letting go is concerned, what we normally do is that we attach the kite leash of the person with the kite in the air from his kite to the kite on the ground, believing that the one still on the ground is more likely to run loose if things go wrong. In any case, we make sure that there is downwind clearance. So far, it has never gone wrong. We make sure that we depower the kite on the ground enough to make it very easy to be held by the CL. It only needs to be held for like 5 seconds, anyway.