edt wrote:supaez I have a request next time you viddy this launch technique can you do it in 25 knots or more? Self land and self launches are all pretty easy when the wind is lite. It's when the wind is nuking that separate the bad from good self launches.
Yes, it can. But I think the point here is not really seen.
It is a kite of a size that would not stand easy/safe for long with a normal tethered launch (that takes longer too) in extremely light wind.
Also, making a normal "slide" launch could be done - but NOT easy or possible to turn the kite up from the LE down in such low winds. And more difficult to check the lines this way.
Most likely if light, the kite will slide fully downwind and you have to launch it reverse - easy to do, but not nearly as "simple" and clean.
And - the lines can be checked much easier with Supa'z way, as they can be slightly tightened before you pull the dead weight away.
Finally, in REALLY light wind, you walk a bit further upwind, so the kite is launched deeper in the window - as it can not be launched to the side, if really low winds (f.ex at the beach, even if okay wind up higher and further out).
So if I am not mistaken, this method is AWESOME for big kites in really light wind, besides being fast of course.
Although, the "softer" (thinner) LE is almost necessary in order to have the kite lie down so stable with
the dead weight on the tip, right ?
As big kites with stiff thicker leading edges will need a lot more weight on the tip, to keep in place
Just guessing a bit here, as I havent seen your launches...
In more wind, there are also many other methods - tethered, standard easy/fast slide, on its back.