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PostSubject: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:51 pm

Harry sent me this which he filmed

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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:09 pm

Doh!
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:18 pm

Ooh, that Best safety really worked well. That's why I've got 5 lines Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:22 pm

I feel bad about filming this now-classic Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:32 pm

.....and really terrible about uploading it to YouTube Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:37 pm

nothing to do with the number of lines, the wing tip got caught up apparantly.
can happen on any kite
bar remains in one hand, he didnt release it
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:50 pm

That was my first kite, I remember it doing exactly the same thing to me after I released the primary safety and the kite carried on looping as it flagged to an outside line, I'm not sure but I think that had that kite flagged to a single fifth middle line then it would have prevented the loop, although of course anything could happen.

I would always advise a five line kite (apart from in big waves), for me it's unquestionably the safest kite killing method.

Was there a thumbs up from the rider? I can't say I'd be that happy if the person launching my kite in high wind lazily had one hand controlling it either.
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Valid points but it's the overall situation that is at fault, high winds, up wind of a groin, not released the primary release etc etc

Besides, there really are fewer and fewer 5 line kites available, there used to be loads. I personally never want to go back to 5 lines!
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PostSubject: Re: How not to launch a kite....   Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:02 am

blast wrote:
nothing to do with the number of lines, the wing tip got caught up apparantly.
can happen on any kite
bar remains in one hand, he didnt release it



Yeah but best's safety didn't used to work Wink. I've had to ditch a waroo that was death spinning like that after I fired off its safety.

Saw two buggyers hold an x4 one on each wing tip directly downwind, leading edge up, just throw it up into the middle of the window. Guy on the other end flew past them at about 50mph!!! I would have gone ballistic if they'd done that to me!!!
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