tomatkins wrote:A new development in kitebar control systems, which for the reason of simplicity, has been designed WITHOUT a "stopper", and this new and clever simple system has triggered the discussion of the actual need for a "stopper".
To many kiters, the idea of not having a "stopper ball" might be a deal-breaker. A stopper is handy for a number of reasons, like spinning the bar, tethered (ghost, dog stake, etc) self-launching, etc... so these kiters may demand a stopper device.. or may reject the whole system, along with the clever innovations based on "simplicity"....
BRM control system
Sooo, for those that want a "stopper", there may be a simple modification to the system, where the "stopper" would be placed on only one of the two power lines, and secured with the "internal to the rope insert", like Naish used, at one time a few years ago. A LARGE ring or specially designed "funnel tube" would be placed at the junction of the two front lines… and this device would be designed so that the stopper could PASS THROUGH, when the "front line safety" system was activevated. This stopper device could be sold separately and easily assembled, by those who want such a device.
I am reawakening this the "Stoppers… the good, bad and ugly" where a collection of ideas about the subject of "stopper balls" are located to present my thoughts on this modification:
It may be that the new BRM control system, used with the strutless Cloud kites can be modified to accept a stopper system.
Below are 2 crude drawings showing (1) how I believe the system is set up and (2) how the system may be modified to accomodate a stopper. There may be things that I am not aware of in this system, so all additions and corrections are welcome:
The ring is on the line that goes slack, so it doesn't need to be big as the stopper doesn't have to go through it.