edt wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:19 pm
... I have to kite pretty far out because of the wind shadows near shore and the seaweed. Yesterday I was able to keep my kite in the air when the wind died but sooner or later I will have a long swim. Any advice on how to swim I dunno a mile or so back to shore with a hydrofoil kite and a foil board? ... Do you keep the kite tail down in the water and pull it behind you, or do you sort of pack it up in some way that prevents the water from getting into the kite? What if you get a bow tie before the kite goes down? How do you keep the water out then? Thanks for any help.
first, I don't want to encourage anybody to go out with the risk to swim back, let's say half a mile. (a complete mile really seems to be exaggerated, possible but in this case better check for another spot)
But if you learn how to do it, it is no problem at all.
- You don't need to tangle your legs in the lines as there won't be any lines around.
- You don't need to pack it in a messy way as shown in the two videos on the last page, but clean folded tip on tip, as already Peter Frank said, once again
- You can have a clean packed kite on the board that is always launch able, if wind picks up again and no need of compression bags, etc.
- You needn't be afraid of any bow tie, as you can correct everything with the same following technique.
There is also a foil kite forum in here
http://kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=19 ... 44#p932444
Don't be confused as both links show how to start the kite in the water, but practically explain also all steps to pack it together in the water. All the steps are the same, they are just in reversed order. Even the pre filling step you see on the cover of the video can be used for pack down before rolling up to get the water to the tips and out, in the case there are still some short light gusts. The benefit is that you always can stop starting or packing process, if for example conditions are changing as wind is getting better again or obstacles coming close ...
The only occasion I would pack down the messy way as shown in the other videos is when the wind is getting to strong and there is no need to launch again. Then release, wait a bit to get some water in the kite and do it as shown and just in this case you have to be afraid to get tangled with the lines around your feet.
But biggest secret is experience, try this maneuver on land, in the shallow and last in the deep, when you really feel safe and ready to pack the kite with order.
And as others already said:
Never try to pull a foil kite behind you in any way, 50 m later you will end up with a drift anchor filled with one or two tons of water which you won't move another meter even with a 1000 hp boat.