Today I had my second teaching event with my ‘12 Razor 5m.—- This is not the reason I bought the kite, it is my high wind kite for 35+ at least.. (i’m not even used to my 7.. there is simply no wind when I’m off.. )—-
So I picked up the plan to use the 5m for teaching the kids.. Made one bar with 17 lines to make it safer (kite will be faster at the edge), changed the CL to a very short one so the small arms of the kids can depower the kite.
Depowering the kite and adjusting the power with the strap works now for them.
So back to today:
Gusty wind; 12 to 20 kts.
My son is 130cm, 24kg, 7yr. (my daughter is older but not there today)
We had enough wind to go together with the 10m on the Skimboard (and we had a lot of fun doing that!!) I’m 71 kg so together 95kg..
So today there was enough wind for flying the kite but there were some “issues”.
The kite (5m) would not relaunch normally, the 10 does it very easy, just pull one side and the kite goes to the edge and relaunch. The 5 doesn’t (in the same wind) Will the 5 do it in higher winds?
I even changed the front settings to more power but the the kite would almost not fly at all, i did not understand. So changed it back fast..
It is not an issue about the line lengths all is ok, had to depower a bit on the strap otherwise it would backstall a bit. I trimmed the kite so it would fly nice unhooked and then a bit more power (with the strap so it flies nicely with sheeting in and out)
My son could nicely fly it but due to the gusty wind it just hindenburged when the wind suddely dropped a bit.. And that is not a really problem… the relaunch is..
I think he can nicely fly the kite when it is steady 15kts but it just won’t relaunch..
I’m thinking of trying my 7 for teaching around 12-15 kts but I’m doubting.. (my son was almost getting lofted on the 5 and could not hold ground with the kite on the water at 6) should I buy a very easy trainer tube kite which my kids can use in 10-15kts which will relaunch very easy? and if so which kite must that be?
I’ve looked at the trainerkite (Viron I thought)from Flysurfer but I’ve been told that it need some bar throw.. which the kids don’t have due to shorter arms..
So crew any suggestions to get the kids going?
Ps. John did you decide to make a Mako Mini with extra inserts for very small stances? (hopefully yes, and also on the other boards..)