How to properly launch and land a kite
What is a proper kite launch?
step 1: It is important for the Kiter to attach their leash to the lines. this is so that if the kite gets away from the launcher then it will not power up or roll down the beach. “do not attach the chicken loop to the spreader bar yet”
Step 2: Making sure to grab the very center of the leading edge the launcher should flip the kite “completely on its back. ” make sure to flip the kite away from the kiter”
step 3: The kiter should walk slightly downwind of the extreme edge of the window until there is tension on the lines. The kite should be barely flapping indicating that there is no lift being created. If the kiter is to far upwind the kite will knock the person launching the kite over. Also it is important to walk to the edge closest to the water. This is because if the kite malfunctions you will want the maximum width of the beach as a buffer.
step 4: Both parties should inspect the lines and bridling for twist and tangles.” This is the number one cause of kite related accidents.”
step 5: Connect the chicken loop to the spreader bar.
step 6: Walk upwind until the kite stops flapping.
step 7: Double check, triple check, Everything!
Step 8: Issue a thumbs up and go Kiteboarding!
How do you properly land a kite?
Step 1: Identify a properly trained person and issue them the landing single. “A pat on the head similar to the O.K. sign” do not try to train a spectator to catch your kite!
step 2: Bring the kite to the extreme lower edge of the window. ” either 5:45 or 6: 15, remember 6:00 is the horizon on both sides”
step 3: Let the person landing your kite grab it from the sky. ” try to avoid letting your kite touch the ground until they have a firm grip on your sail.”
step 4: Unhook from the chicken loop but leave the leash attached
step 5: Check that your kite is secure or secure it yourself.
step 6: Unhook your leash and roll your lines up to the kite. To protect your equipment and others “try to avoid leaving your lines out”
Check this page in the future for diagrams and photos.