The only place where I ever had a problem with not rigging crosswind was actually in Denmark. A very small landing and starting area at a fjord. I was pretty new to kiting and had never laid my lines crosswind, but it made sense there and I had no problem doing it like the others, after I was told so. And yes, the others seemed to think of us as being rude not to do it like they did (what we couldn´t see before, because when we started there was no one around). It was at the eastern side of the Rinkobing Fjord.Peter_Frank wrote:... 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
you job is writing posts on forums? how much do they pay you?sijandy wrote:This has got to be one of the dullest threads ever and yet i'm still reading it.... fuck i need a new job!
haha.... shit joke maneree wrote:you job is writing posts on forums? how much do they pay you?
i said 'dullest' not 'mind blowingly irritating that i'd rather dig my eyeball out with a aids riddled rusty spoon'eree wrote:and yet you did not said the same about the epic threads?
It depends on the kite design as to whether it will backslide or not during self launch. My old Warroos would slide a bit, then rock up to face the wind and take off. My Wainmans (Delta shape) never slid. They rocked up to face the wind immediately. (I think the Delta design was part of the reason) My Renegades.. sometimes they slide a little bit. I give a second pull on the lower line and that tends to put the brakes on the slide, and rock them up to face the wind.eree wrote:Question regarding a self launch when doing x-wind rigging... When you lay out the lines behind and then head to your bar at x-wind position (think same as downwind layout, but then walking your bar to x-wind position). Does the kite ever start tumbling or sliding on you guys downwind once it rotates into take off position? Or is that just a factor of pilot skills in getting it airborne as soon as lines tense and it rotates?
You were too far to the side to launch. You start more upwind, at about halfway between crosswind, and upwind. Once the kite has caught a little wind and fills, you walk toward crosswind while pulling the bar on the side you want to rise. Keep in mind, if the kite is sheeted out and the bar pushed out, you can hold the kite straight downwind, with no problem. You wont go flying unless the kite launches from that position, which is impossible if the leading edge is facing the ground. Watch that Cab video a couple times. His launch would have been smoother if he walked a little to his left as he was rotating the kite.GregWoj wrote:Thanks guys... good info. I did a self launch from the x-wind rig set up once and the kite slid a bit, caught some wind and tumbled over itself once, then I grabbed the line and she went up. Prob would of been fine if I had just recognized it 1/2 second sooner and would of been clean. I didn't get pulled or dragged or anything. I did, however, get some odd looks from oiled up tourists on the beach. But good to know that a bit of a drag or slide is normal.