31 March 2020

Extraordinary maintenance of the kite

Hi everyone. Today I will discuss the topic of extraordinary maintenance of the kite that follows the video of routine maintenance.

Extraordinary maintenance consists in adjusting the length of the bar lines. This maintenance recommends doing it at the beginning or end of the season.

Basically what happens: using the kite the four or five lines that place the bar stretch in a different way. The front lines that are the lines used for traction always suffering a situation of greater traction than the back lines that are used for piloting, over time, go to lengthen and therefore the 4 or 5 lines are no longer equal equal. Furthermore, since the elastic power system was introduced, this is even more evident because the elastic band loses elasticity over time and leads to an inevitable lengthening of the front lines.

Why do we have to do this check? Why do we always have to guarantee to have the lines all the same long? Because when we are mostly in conditions
of light wind, therefore we have the power completely open, if we are going to pull the bar and we are not in the condition of equal long lines the angle of incidence of the kite becomes excessive and graft of situations of turbulence and the kite more easily stable.

Didactic information: when the wind is light, you should never “cling” to the bar, that is, you should never try to obtain kite traction by working at a low bar. This should always be done but even more if the wind is light. In this case you do not work keeping the bar low but the right and left controls are optimized to create extremely high performance eight that create the apparent wind that allows us to navigate. Light wind and low bar are never the ideal combination.

What do we do then to see if our lines are long right?

1) Spread the lines and put them “in clear”

2) Anchor the lines to a fixed point

3) Wear the harness and connect to the bar via the chicken loop

4) open the power completely and check whether, by tensioning the front lines using the weight of the body, and the beck lines by pulling the bar down, the bar contacts the chicken loop. If this does not happen it means that we are a wrong setting situation.

By using the de-power throttle sheet I can put the bar against the chicken loop. This “shortcut” can be used to temporarily solve the problem. You can use it while I am practicing and I notice that the bar is not set up correctly.

My goal, however, is to “definitively” resolve this situation. How can I do? I act by moving the position of the throttle over the de-power line.

Obviously the four lines must all be equal equal. It can happen that, even doing this work, you see that a line is longer. In this case you have to go to “stretch” the other line so as to have the identical length on all the lines of the bar.

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