On 2002-08-29 12:44, Royce wrote:
How do you get that to work. Wouldn't you be towed backwards by the boat or if you were facing the boat be backwards to the kite. I can't see a way to face the boat and kite nor hold onto the handle and do it.
boat is off to left side of me, but ahead of me so it pulls me forward and away from kite. kite is off to right side of me, flying as if their was wind. if you viewed it, or us from air, it would look similar to a somehwat flatened out V with the boat at one tip, kite at other, and me at point of V. sorry if sounds confusing, but it works, i do it. most kitesurfers who witness are usually pretty amazed and say that they dont see how we do it.
You have been fortunate to have had no breakages, incidents or accidents in your reported two years of experience with this. You must focus on keeping loads to a minimum and keeping the flier low.
excessive loads? i dont think so, not in this situation i describe. have never broken a line, pigtail, harness, towrope or any other while performing it. boat driver must have sense and reasoning to know not to throttle up if i jump, trying to see how high he can make me go. understand, we are kitesurfing with the kite, using the boat for power, we are not manlifting or parasailing.
i agree that neil placed excessive loads on his equipment, much more so than i, and i agree one should never do what he did. but i do not think we should be viewed as irresponsible by guys like you for doing it just because some guys like neil decided that they want to push it beyond its limits. if it weren't for simple things like experimentation rick, then we wouldn't even have kitesurfing here for us to do today would we? understand too that i am not trying to advocate anyone to do anything with their kite as you say, neither do i see how you warped what i said around into that. i think in my first post i compared what we do to wakeboarding with a kite, not manlifting. what I am trying to advocate is for people like you to stop being so judgemental of people like neil or me or whoever for trying the untried and experimenting a bit. i guess if you ever see us or anyone else off of one of your local beaches participating in what i describe, you will refer to them or us as careless, stupid, and seeking a darwin award. i myself like to think that their will also be others present who may view it as another milestone or maybe give them birth to a new idea, or find it interesting, rather than just slam the door shut on it and write it off as stupid and carelss.
mnay thanks for sharing neils experience with us all so that we may use better judgement the next time anyone on this forum decides to try to sail 100+ feet into the air on a kite. something that i personally never have and never will try to do. but ya never know whos going to be next to try so it doesnt hurt to share the information. keep it coming.
g'day to you mate