This should have come with your kite. We are working on a dedicated manual and will make it available both online and with the kites shortly.
One Bar and Kite Supplement to Manual
Full manual available online at www.oceanrodeo.com/one.html
Congratulations! You are the proud new owner of an Ocean Rodeo One kite!
There are some important differences between these new kites and a traditional C shaped kite. This supplement is designed to review those differences and help you out!
Attaching the flying lines to the new Punch-Up Bar
1) Unwind all 4 lines carefully to avoid tangles
2) Attach your front lines to the leader lines on the knot closest to the swivel.
3) In order to attach the rear lines you will need to remove the rear secondary leaders.
4) Thread these rear secondary leaders through the loop on the end of the flying lines to make a loop to loop connection. Once connected, re-attach the rear secondary leaders to the primary (tubing coated) leader lines for the bar.
5) Check lines!!!! Your lines should all be at equal lengths.
6) Un-roll your new One kite and remove the rear kook or fool-proof connectors from the kite.
7) Attach these connectors to the rear flying lines using a loop to loop connection.
Tune your bar for safe operation!
1) Your new Punch-Up bar features a variable tension adjustable stopper ball. By adjusting the set screw you can adjust the required force to disengage the stopper ball.
2) NOTE! You can adjust the tension to such a point that the stopper will not disengage. In this case we recommend the use of an external leash attached to one of the front lines at the swivel.
3) You can easily adjust the location of the stopper ball. To do so simply:
a. Loosen the set screw using the included Allan key.
b. Slide the stopper ball up off of the internal plug, seated in the trim rope.
c. Use a push and pinch motion to slide the internal plug up or down.
d. Replace the stopper ball and re-set the stopper balls tension screw.
e. The lower stopper ball will require adjustment if the upper stopper balls location is changed. Simply re-tie the keeper knot to adjust the relative distance between these two stopper balls.
The Punch-Up Bar offers users the ability to adjust the set-up to suit your individual style and preferences. Be sure to test your safety releases before each session!
Release the trim-loop by simply pulling up on the eject cuff and pushing away from your body. This will open the trim-loop and release you from the harness hook.
Launching and Landing
Always have the stopper ball disengaged and the bar in Free Ride mode when launching or landing your kite! If you have the stopper ball set to maximum tension, launch un-hooked!
Trim loop as a leash; preferred set-up
1) With the stopper balls tension set to allow for a potential disengagement simply push up and away from you with the bar and disengage the stopper ball.
2) Once disengaged you can release the bar to safely de-power the kite.
3) To reset:
a. Simply grab the lower stopper ball or bar assembly and pull back towards you
b. Whack down with the bar on the lower stopper to re-set the upper stopper balls location.
Front line leash; experts only!
Some riders will not want there to be any chance of the upper stopper ball disengaging. In this case they can adjust the tension to the point that this ball will not move. If so, use a front line leash.
1) Adjust stopper ball tension to high / extreme
2) Attach a leash to the front line at the D-ring by the front line swivel.
3) Attach opposite end of leash to harness or wrist
Warning! In this configuration the kite looses its ability to completely de-power!
Attaching the lines to the kite
Flat kites feature a bridle rigging, to avoid tangles be careful in rigging and de-rigging routines
1) Unwind and separate lines, as per traditional kite set-up routine
2) Start with one back line. Detach rear line connector from the Velcro tab on the inside of the leading edge tube. This tab is only used to help avoid tangles in storage!
3) Connect the fool proof connector to the rear attachment point.
4) Now detach a front connector from its Velcro tab and attach a front line to it. These connectors feature several knot placements:
a. The attachments closer to the kite will shorten the front lines and therefore de-power the kite more.
b. The middle attachment is generally the best attachment to use.
c. The attachments further from the kite will add power to the kite but will also increase the possibility of a stall.
5) Repeat for second front line and second rear line.
6) When storing kite be sure to use the Velcro storage tabs to avoid tangles with the bridle
7) Once attached check all flying lines for tangles, check bridle for tangles and that pulley is free and clean (no sand).
Go Fly a Kite!
These new kites are excellent for the amount of de-power that they offer. Further, they allow for the rider to absorb gusts and fly in marginal conditions with greater control. It is important to note that these kites do not guarantee that you will be safe! Please take lessons and always use discretion when and where you fly a traction kite!
Thank-you for your purchase of an Ocean Rodeo One kite or Punch-up Bar system! Ocean Rodeo is converting riders the world over, welcome!