Any new thoughts on the topic? Considering trying this on my 10m cloud
The thing I wonder about is canopy tension. The kite canopy has been designed to have the right tension in a certain shape. By flattening the L/E in the centre, that should affect the canopy tension - (probably reducing it).
It is something that would only be proved by back to back testing in exactly the same conditions - which is difficult to do.
On a different tack - I have this idea that maybe the best light wind relaunch is by having the bridles exactly the same lengths as they are now but allowing the front lines able to move more toward the centre of the L/E. Ken Winner says the relaunch is better with 5 lines than 4.http://www.sbckiteboard.com/features_ar ... view=print
I find that the IDS kites I have are very easy to manipulate into whatever position you want .
I'm guessing that the best relaunch would be to get the kite to flip over as if you had messed it up and it was going to drop on it's back, but just as it is almost fallen onto it's back, you start pumping it into the air from directly downwind using the front lines. You would have to hold the front lines in exactly the right position to get the perfect angle of attack and move your hands lower down the front lines as the perfect angle of attack would change as the kite was pumped into the air.