After a crash to find your board you could try popping out of the water by flying the kite overhead and sheeting in like a jump. You can get high enough so that it cuts down on the glare and gives you a better vantage point to spot your board. You may have to do it a couple of times to pinpoint your board.Starsky wrote:I have had at least three close calls losing track off the board after a crash. You take your eye off it for a second to get the kite back up and it takes an extra minute. By the time you look around there is nothing but glare and chop. I make damn sure to pay close attention to where that board is at all times now. In some conditions boards move really fast and with your head at water level! I hate that pit in the stomach feeling when you realize you are unsure where you should even be looking. Have had to go ashore for a bit of elevation to find my foil. Usually its farther away than I feared.
3InletsWindsports, Can you elaborate on how would you pack the kite lines using this technique? I guess rubber bands would just be lost in the water when you drift the kite?3InletsWindsports wrote:I have often thought of using a parachute packing idea where the lines are zigzag laid into a series of rubber bands. So when deployed the lines come out in sequence.
We used this in ski racing (waterski) with 2 skiers on 175ft ropes. 175ft back from start line skiers drop off and as boat idled up to start line ropes peeled out.
Maybe using the bridle as a rubber band location point you could swim out lying in kite pushing foil ahead of you, then sit on foil and push kite away to drift and deploy.
oh nice idea! I don't see any problem except of course make sure the quick release is easily accessible and of course don't be hooked in while paddling out. Let us know it goes.fun2kite wrote: Once far enough , disconnect the leash , drift launch and ride away!
my board has enough volume to paddle on (Moses T40 )
Anybody see an issues with this approach ?
So do rubber bands just break under tension when kite drift away or there is a clever way to release them?3InletsWindsports wrote:The rubber bands would loop around bridle line, larkshead knot style.
Go from one side of kite to the other so shouldn't have too many rubber bands.
As you finish fit chicken loop onto pump leash so no lines accidentally slip behind.
Maybe there's a YouTube vid about parachute packing.
I used similar technique when I ended up in a wind shadow on our bay few times. Had to swim out of it, so while attached to the kite I wound lines on the bar leaving just enough slack to be able to flip the kite as needed. Flipped kite upside down and attached it to my harness with the leash, secured the bar by laying on it on the board and swam out into the wind line. When there, I flipped the kite on its leading edge (detached the leash of course), paying close attention to the lines, let it drift off, sat up on the board and unwound lines carefully. When at full line stretch, checked lines for any twists and relaunched the kite.fun2kite wrote:I also came up with an idea I will try next time I am on the water and report how it will work. It basically this :
Use a kite-leash ......