Yeah I have to disagree mostly with these methods especially the rationale for landing. For me if it does turn to crap and there is no room I'd rather go back out and pull the release and wind in whilst drifting back to shore than have a guy wrestle landing a kite whilst he's struggling with his own.
I detest landing and launching with a kite in the air. In my most humble of opinions it's one of the for more dangerous things to do with a kite.
Releasing in the water can also be dangerous if the sea is rough, the waves might make a line or a bridle twist around a tip and then you have a deathloop situation. Releasing on land might also prove dangerous in sinister conditions.
Many people here - including myself
- say that "I NEVER HAD any problem doing this" but this is very different than saying "I WILL NEVER HAVE a problem doing this" or "YOU will never have a problem doing this".
It sounds reasonable to detest landing and launching while your kite is in the air. But in the right conditions and with the right skill it can't be that dangerous. Has anybody actually ever heard of an accident that happened this way? It would be nice to know.
I have heard of numerous accidents and fatalities but never ever heard of one occuring like this. Maybe the extra attention we pay during it (feeling it is not an ordinary thing to do) makes it safer than a relaxed, careless, cool assisted launch that nobody cared to check the lines for tangles etc.