Self launch

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Here is a video of self launching a bridled kite:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KMegFouZcas  I find with newer kites a weight bag helps pin it before walking back to my kite bar… ALTERNATE METHOD: With the O.R. ‘roll over bridle’ you can tip the kite downwind onto its back. ( Go ahead, secure your chicken loop directly up wind (tether or a vertical post) & walk downwind to your kite & place it in the launch position for a ‘hot launch’ . NO WEIGHT BAG REQ’D. Kite will roll onto it’s back ) Then: 1. Walk back to your chicken loop & hook onto it (after securing your safety line & freeing your chicken loop from tether etc.) ...  2. Walk down center lines or pull them until you can grasp the bar ... 3. Ensure you have adequate depower for launch (MORE depower is safer !!!) ... 4. Gently pull on TOP steering (outside) line to allow kite to move to the edge of the window for a controlled launch as in video

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I launch in a similar way whenever there’s no help but usually without another post downwind of the bar and without a dog running in and out of my lines, That’s a pretty tight launch spot but I guess you have to use what you’ve got. Good job the OR kites are well behaved.


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Good observations !!! The Dog is in a safe spot when I kite She just was in the video because it was a practice session.

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