Easy to do ...... hard to describe.
To start I'll say this is what 'I' do, and not what 'you' do. It works for me
Make sure you have SPACE
Do it with a friend while you learn.
I use 3 methods .... launching on the edge (safest) hot launching and reverse launching (not as safe).
1. Self launching on the edge.
Before you even start self launching on the land, practice self water launching to death and you will have 90% of the process covered
Here we go ....
Rig up your lines as you would normally and pay special attention to making sure the bar is FULLY de-powered.
Check your QR works.
Note: You are NOT hooked in yet.
Walk your kite to the ocean side of the wind window to approx 45 to 60 deg towards the edge of the window.
Make sure the lines are running clean and have not caught on any beach crap.
With the leading edge facing DOWN place the kite on the sand making SURE the outer lines are CLEANLY running UNDER/BEHIND the leading edge and the closer lines are in FRONT of the leading edge and also running clean.
Tangles = trouble.
As you should already know, the wind will now hold your kite to the ground.
If it's blowy ... say 15 + put a few handfuls of sand on the canopy .... towards the down wind tip.
When you have double checked your rigging is running clean, slightly turn the kite so the outer tip begins to catch the wind .... how much you turn it will depend on the wind speed and your confidence.
The more you turn it, the more wind the tip catches, the more the kite is prone to doing it's own thing.
Watching the kite at all times, pick up and gently hold the flagging line and walk back to the bar, this is just in case the kite goes to take off before you get back to the bar.
Once you reach the bar look over it. It is COMMON that with all the friggin round at the kite a tangle or 3 may be found at the bar.
Once the lines/bar are clean hook into your safety first ... then the chicken loop.
Through the rest of this process ALWAYS BE READY TO HIT THE QR
Slowly walk away from the kite, keep the bar sheeted OUT at all times and keep the lines straight.
The aim is putting GRADUAL tension on the lines .... the downwind/outer lines WILL tension up first.
Is the outer tip is filling with air and being held up by itself ?????
, you may need to turn the kite more so it can catch more air (This can be done solo but is best to use your helper while you learn) If you have to go solo, walk towards the kite till there is NO tension on any line.
Walk directly upwind of the kite and, keeping tension ONLY
on the outer steering line (Make SURE all outer lines are slack) tug the outer steering line which will allow you to turn the kite more. DON'T wrap lines around your fingers !!!!
Once you are happy, take the tension off the outer steering line and walk back to your original launch position.
Now that the outer tip is
filling nicely with air the kite will want to turn/roll itself and the tip closest to you will stand up.
Make sure the bar is sheeted out and increase the tension on your outer steering line.
The perfect scenario is the kite turns, outside fills first, inside stands, then the whole kite smoothly lifts.
The worst scenario are many .... it can roll back to the center and hot launch, the lines can tangle on the tip causing instant kite loops the lines can tangle at the bar .... blah blah blah.
Whatever the case, if you are ready with your QR ... ya are prepared
I state again ... the MORE you practice self launching in the water the more you will have it wired for the land.
Light wind launching and high wind launching use the same method but come with different consequences
Hot launching and reverse launching are a different kettle of fish and my brain is now buggered .... so get the EDGE sorted first
Hope that helps