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Self Launching and Landing 

!Increased Risk!

Self Launching 

Self launching is dangerous because you don’t have a chance to check the gear for the third, and final time while your lines have tension on them, and while the kite is secured in the C, or backward C position.

C Kite

Once your kite is set up properly, your harness is on, the board is by the water, and you have double-checked everything, walk to your kite, which should be in the holding position.  Roll the kite into the U position, away from the side of the wind window that you will be launching from.  Make sure that as you roll the kite, the lines stay away from the leading edge, and that they go straight from the kite to the bar without getting wrapped up on any part of the kite.  Once the kite is in the U position and while standing still, walk you hands toward the wingtip that would be closest to the ground if you were doing an assisted launch from the kite end for someone else.

Bow Kite Or SLE Kite


Self launching a bow/SLE kite can be done in the same way as self launching a C kite, however with a bow/SLE there is an additional way.

Once your kite is set up properly, your harness is on, the board is by the water, and you have double-checked everything, find a secure and stable object, like a tree, sign post, trailer hitch, etc. . . .  Use your safety leash to connect your chicken loop to the stable object.  Walk to your kite, make sure there is some slack in your lines and roll your kite into the U-position.  Put the kite into the launching position in either the 9 or 3 o’clock position, as if you were doing an assisted launch from the kite end.  Walk the kite a little bit further into the power than you might if you were assisting someone else, and make sure one of the wingtips is firmly touching the ground.  With the leash only having tension on the chicken loop, the kite should be de-powered 100%; make sure this is the case. Release the kite.  The kite should stay in that position while you go to the bar, disconnect the chicken loop from the stable object, attach the chicken loop to your spreader bar, and attach your safely leash to a proper safety point on the control bar.


Self Landing

The safe way to self land is to use your safety system, come int close to shore bring he kite to the water slowly, then pull your safety on your chicken loop or let go of the bar and unhook.  This is really the same procedure as the self rescue.

 

4 Line Kite Pro Method

As you are riding, spot the place you would like to land your kite.  Ride to shore and place the kiteboard on the beach above the tide line.  Depower your kite as much as you can, but make sure you are still able to steer it.  Fly the kite so it stays still about 10 feet above the ground.  All at the same time, fly the kite further into the wind by running away from the kite a short distance, steer the leading edge toward the ground, drop the bar, and pull in on the upper front line.  This should cause the kite to land in the holding position.  If it doesn’t, get ready to start activating your safety systems and begin a self rescue.

 

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