"I can not see one single reason to defend rigging up or downwind instead of crosswind, and find it extremely rude to others in fact, as you will really annoy and be a PITA for all others kitesurfers
The only logical choice! crosswind!
SAFTY FIRST! What happens if a line breaks in flight because you dragged your lines across a sharp object doing either an up or down wind set up, and someone gets hurt.
Of course this could happen anyway, but why provoke it?
Is there a way on this forum to set up a survey like I have seen on others?
This way hopefully the sheer numbers of EXPERIENCED kiters can vote and at least try and open the minds of others.
Also, without the kiters free hand on the quick release there will be no assisted launch, good idea for tethered as well!
See the safety section on launching, well written!
Exception, foil kites do throw a monkey wrench in the system in light wind but we know this and give`m a break.
Sorry, but just because your instructor taught you either up or down wind does not make it correct,
maybe like all the b s they taught us in school?
As I said before, it may be easier for a beginner to see the lines correctly connected using up or down, but why not teach the cross connection method from the start?
And of course if you happen to be in a place where you can`t rig cross wind than don`t ride, kidding!