Kiteus Maximus wrote:
Definitely an individual feeling type of thing. I personally like having my outside lines 2-3 inches shorter than the inside lines so when I boost I get more yank off the water. It also gives the kite more low end power.
I still mess with the relative line lengths as well... for similar reasons... but I don't think this is what's meant by "trimming" the kite.
For example... for me... when I'm kiting in reasonable powered up conditions, no trim, the bar is usually around 4" or so from the CL.... don't know why but it just is, maybe that's as far as I can reach... but does this mean my kite is fully powered or choking or under powered with the bar at that position? Until a person goes through the "trimming" exercise how do you know if that's the "sweet spot" as they say... for me I could very well be "choking" the kite and possibly not getting as much out of the kite as I could be. It's not that big of deal but I have found it hard to get my head around the trimming concept. I've always messed with the relative lengths of the lines to get more or less "power" from the kite for different conditions... but it doesn't sound like that's the same thing as what Peter is saying by "trimming" the kite.
Just some of my thoughts on it and hopefully not to convoluted.