FluffyFizzer wrote:After 5 years of having bought my kite (Slingshot Fuel 13m,2004 model) and lots of body dragging, I have finally got a board, and can happily report that I got it wet on Thurs down at Larges beach! Thanks to the little Kiting fraternity of Larges for looking out for me.
I did get a battering however, where I lost my board, (but a 20min search later and we were re united) and the kite kept pulling me even though I had let go of the bar, it kept re launching and dragged me by the leash line.
For a first time out with my board I don't think I did too bad, didn't really get a ride, but did manage to get pulled out of the water, but then ran out of power, and kept falling back into the water.
a couple of questions...
It was blowing about 17knots and is an old kite with out much de power, so should I still be setting it up with the shortest pig tails on the front and the longest on the back, so the kite has its leading edge pointing slightly down?
...and once in the water,should I sheet out, so the kite can generate more power. (I was a bit apprehensive as I was the biggest kite & oldest kite on the beach, oh I weigh 95Kg)
The couple of guys I spoke to on the beach suggested I was not being aggressive enough with dropping the kite into the power zone.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
Your kites is an old C kite, it has virtually no depower. It does not depower at all when you let go of the bar, it just keeps pulling and you have lost control of the kite now!!!
If you get out of control with the kite, you have no way to depower except to operate the safety system, but back in the days of 2004 its was not a brilliant system and you need to get it checked by an experienced kiter. Head over to see the crew at On Board in Glenelg, they can sort it out for you.
Also connecting your kite on those pigtail settings does not set the leading edge slightly down, that is not how kites work. All you have done is make your rear lines longer than your front lines.
The angle of attack hardly changes on a C kite by sheeting the bar in and out, you tended to connect the kite that way to help get a couple of knots extra wind range out of the kite in stronger winds.
If you connect the kite like that in light/normal winds you reduce you ability to steer the kite aggressively which observers commented on.
Connect the kite to the middle pigtails all the time, and adjust the trim of the kite using the trim system above the bar. The trim system is used to adjust the bar position so that it is at a comfortable distance from you when you are riding.
The trim straps do not depower kites, they are used to adjust the bar position.
The trim straps/system do not change the size of the kite you are using, so the power does not change.
This is not my opinion it is the real truth about how 4 or 5 line kitesurfing kites work. C kites hurt many people, make sure you really know how the safety system works, you must know how the emergency depowering system works and that it DOES work.