Hey everyone, I hope you can help me…
A few words about me & how i got to OR: I’m from germany, 29 years old and began kiting a year ago in denmakr when I took a three day course with core kites. At the end of the course I could body drag and control/relaunch the kite. When I got home I immediatly checked eBay for kites where I found a set from ocean rodeo by accident: The 12 + 8 Rise with bar. I bought it as I read how awesome+sturdy these are…
Unfortunately it was already autumn by the time I had everything (neo, board, ..) so I only went a few times out and -being only with a beginner friend- did not really get anywhere.
But now I have returned from another kiting week in denmark with more lessons, been on the board a few times with spleene kites from the school.
During the last two days, i tried my 12er OR…
The wind was at the low end at around 12 knots when i tried it first. What happened (at least in this light wind) is: Whenever I depowered the kite too much, it stalled and fell out off the sky. Whenever I parked the kite at 12 o clock for too long, it flew above me and stalled aswell. Luckily I had a teacher with me who untangled the lines…
What I tried:
To get on the board, I parked the kite more at 2 o’clock & used the stopper to not depower too much.
Since I was quite unhappy with the 2008 bar since the safety leash has to be attached above the bar for maximum depower and a quick release that just felt a little outdated, I bought a 4 line north bar from 2010 in the shop nearby.
Additionally I checked and fixed the E2 line length according to http://oceanrodeo.com/forums/viewthread/1112/ - it was 1cm too long on one side and 2 cm on the other.
The hell broke loose:
After the new bar + E2 fix, I went out again the next day with a little bit more wind (14-16 knots). At first the kite felt better, but I still could not prevent it from stalling from time to time (depower at 12 o clock).
One time the kite stalled & crashed, lines got tangled and it flew erradically in front of me without too much power, but i could not really steer it. Thats when i decided to quick release - big mistake: After letting the bar go, the kite began looping at the edge of the wind window (it looped and pulled me a few meters, crashed onto the water and relaunched + looped once the safety was tensioned again). I already had my hand on the safety release since i could not do anything and was getting closer to a harbour when another kiter came by and took the kite.
On the thread http://oceanrodeo.com/forums/viewthread/2396/ you write any 4 line bar will do with equal line lengths (plus “kook” proof connectors) - however with the north bar the safety is attached to both front lines whereas the OR bar has the safety only attached to one front line. When testing the quick release of the north bar after this accident by a teacher, it lead to the kite sitting in the water in front of you pulling so you could not reach the bar anymore.
After this shock, I re-attached the OR bar and went out once again. While getting on the board, the kite stalled, lines got tangled and when it relaunched by itself, it looped in the power zone until i quick released. This time, the kite was properly depowered and i could safely get to the land.
I immediatly stowed the OR away, got a 12er kite from the school and went out - it did not stall once. :(
These two incidents not only scared me, they made me think if i got the wrong equipment. Especially since my girlfriend wants to begin kiting, if this had happened to her, it would’ve been the last time… Is the kite not beginner friendly? :( Did i just threw money away at the north bar? Am I doing it wrong?
When a teacher flew the kite, he complimented the steering of the kite and the pull, however he was too quite irritated by the stalling.