Top Down Causation wrote:
Maximum height is achieved when you simultaneously release the stored kinetic energy built up in the kite through board speed, edge release, and the position of the kite in the wind window where you sheet in once you have sent the kite.
Kite size, shape, board size, shape, etc...all play a relevant factor in achievable height based on THAT specific gear but it ultimately comes down to perfect timing regardless of the gear you are rigged with. Practice the simultaneous release of the stored kinetic energy and you will achieve maximum boost height every time.
Sorry to say, but this is wrong
You dont "store" kinetic energy in the kite (nor lines nor board or anything)
For some reason this is a common misconception, that we "store" energy above ourselves, when jumping.
Easy to understand why most go wrong here, as the more tension, the higher we get - so it definitely FEELS like we store energy in the kite system
But we dont...
The only significant energy is our kinetic energy, which is our speed relative to the reference.
And the reason why we jump higher with a parked kite or in a cable park when "loaded", is because more tension (force) means more speed (more kinetic energy) and a better pendulum release away from the line direction
No biggie that this is not understood maybe, but in some cases it makes a huge difference.
Apart from that, you are (all) correct in your observations I think
- it is just the "stored energy" thing that is very wrong eventhough many believe it is so
Someone mentioned that the bar did not necessarily move up when doing cable park jumps.
This is not the cause why you can jump, and in fact the bar could just as well move up as it could stay fixed, no difference in height (or energy tranfer) whatsoever.
The only difference is, that when you do a typical wake jump, it looks much better if you do it with the bar as an anchor point so it will give a stylish arched upward railey
If you just jumped the same way, but took the bar up with you - you would get the same body height over water - but it would just look "lame"