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A bit like a public beach.
Hey, I guess it's totally cool on an empty beach.
Drag-launching, that is.
Just you and your sliding kite.
Sliding your kite across the real estate like you own it or something.
Wearing out the leading edge and dragging the shells off the beach.
It's gotten to the point where kiters think they have the right.
Antagonist!! I love it.
You'd have to be a total arsehole doing it if theres even a possibility of someone getting smashed
only if you really need to do it and in that case do it down wind of everybody.
Or teach someone, who seems interested in what your doing, how to hold the kite for you
WTF is a slide launch? When I self launch my kite rolls over, then goes up. Dunno how you would do it any other way.
And "dragging the shells off the beach"? Eh? Moving a shell a few cms is a crime now? How do you think they got there in the first place?
Bored troll is bored?
on a more responsible note, can you point me in the direction
of the paddock where you get your shrooms from????
they seem to be working good. whooosh [}:)][}:)]
... it does depend upon what sort of beach it is (ie wet or sticky type of sand), if you have kite fever (impatiences) and of course how strong the wind is, to whether it rolls over or does the ssssss-whoosh. Having said that, it is uncool amongst public for sure.
So what happens if the kite slides, rolls so quick that it rolls over and points in the other direction so that it now flies further into the power zone and 'cause your steering it what you thought was up, is now going to loop. Punch out should be the option but most attempt to correct and do either the bum slide or worse the body beach skull drag as the kite whoooshs. Not cool amongst non kiters. Seen it many times.
If your a serial whoooosher, then learn to slow it down and just do the gentle roll and up slowly.
As I have only been kiting two seasons and still do more windsurfing than kiting, I feel like an imposter at the beach so generally do my own thing and self launch. If the beach is too crowded, then I'll go find another spot. Windsurfing is a self reliant rig/launch sport, so I just continued this with kiting.
Reading this forum gives you a good idea what you guys think about windsurfers so it does not encourage me engage in chat on the beach.
drag launches are ok if you have enough room. if your going to loop into a gaggle sunbathing nuns and newly born babies.... maybe not.
ps i teather launch when possible. Sometimes its not possible and i drag launch.
Is there are people on the beach, it's not windy enough to go kiting.
I don't get out of bed for less than 40 knots anymore.
LOL, then you will remain a cook forever,
I do the same in surfing but the few times that I go out in perfect wave turns out to be very average because I no longer have the paddle fitness and I screw up most waves.
The only way to progress and fine tune your skills is to spend as much time on the water as possible. Flying a kite in marginal winds is a great way to improve, you need to concentrate on your posture and weight placement on the board and pay great attention to the kite.
The few cowboys or lazy bum like myself who only come out when the wind is nuking definitely pay the price for their lack of commitment.
Only if you do it safely and have a penis stuck in each ear![}:)]
if no one assists me to launch i slide for sure and knock the be- jeezus out of them and as max smart would say "and loving it "
One of my older kites was prone to the wing tip bridle snag , I found doing the slide launch fixed that problem with that kite , the lines stay straight as the kite Whoosh's around to launch . Out of the way of people as we all know . The kite I use now needs no whoosh .
There is no need to "slide launch" great way to wreck your gear!
You should be able to launch your kite without it moving an inch across the beach.
Slide launching shows the control a person has over their kite!
If your going to let your kite slide why not try a hot launch. Might look alot more cooler.
I reverse hot launch on occasions. provides a good skud!. but other lei pilots freak out and think i'm going to kill myself... hehehe.
Ps I've been reverse launching foils for years and years.
Best 'swoosh' ever was watching a guy launch at Lancelin in March when the kite did a 90-degree swing at speed, headed downwind for about 20m, with the pilot face down and toes scraping through the sand, before the kite planted itself across the bullbar of a 4WD - splat! Like a 10m-sized insect on the windscreen. Why people launch among the cars on the sand there is beyond me, but kind of fun to watch ...