The nice thing is that we have at least 21 people who already know this routine, and are capable of working with others if they feel inspired to do so. I think it is feasible to have a few teams up and running.
You set up the zen to fly in reverse, (start with the leading edge inverted, keep adding "down" until it will back-up, you may need to walk backwards in a dead calm) then add an inch of forward (or some part thereof only IF it absolutely will not go forward at all!) Now the sail is square to the wind.
When the flying conditions just suck is when you will benefit/learn the most. Take breaks, but keep coming back to your mission impossible, it will get easier with more time invested.
The above 2 points cannot be stressed enough.
While the first seems counterintuitive (why put so much down in a kite when you're trying to get it up) when the reality is, in a light wind, most of your flight will be inverted so why not keep the sail flat/squared to the wind with as much sail area as possible?!
As for point 2, while it is frustrating and an energy drain, not to mention down right annoying to fail at an appointed task, taking the time to learn light wind flying techniques, goes a long way to making a seemingly bad day to fly a good one!!!! Stay with it, be aware of your surroundings and stay safe...........
Ya, I heard reports of people actually throwing footballs AT the kites.
I actually spoke to a couple of "ballers" and politely explained that they could continue to try and hit our kites and maybe succeed one in a hundred times whereas if we decided to "play" back we could pound them incessantly and not miss.....ever. I think after that it may have subsided for a short time but clearly boys with small minds trying to impress hot girls in bikinis makes for some foolish behavior.
It shouldn't however take away from the most excellent time had by all at Dave's ever improving, annual non event!!!!!!!!
Huge props to shenkman, the kite connection staff, DJ Dan, Chilese, MacDonald, Jynx, the guys at Zacks, all the great attendees, my iquad bros, the ikesters, everyone collectively and most of all all the prime unsuspecting targets of opportunity that presented themselves both on the pier and the beach. It was a laff riot from the start. Need to get more of my east coast homies tho to make the trip. Not to take anything away from Wsikf....ooops, festival.....forget that thought. Anyway, don't make plans not to go to KP 11 which probably won't happen around the same time it didn't happen this year......Clear?
I agree with John......too much time is spent worrying/thinking about thresholds and limits. Fly the kite and find your comfort zone. When pushing the extremes at either end, work on the mechanics that help fly that particular condition.
I'll send you an old SLE leading edge thats been sitting around collecting dust for eons if you want it, however I have to agree with the others on the use of a 3 wrap.
I feel and I'm sure others will agree that a better learning experience will come from teaching with a 3 or 4 wrap then an SLE.
PM me your addy and I'll get the SLE out to you right away.
Somehow I got passed by on the Santa Run nut who cares, I have a wife and son who love me unconditionally:blue-love: and though they make fun of (CONSTANTLY) all my kiting talk, etc. still let me run around the country carrying and flying my kites wherever I go! Hard to beat that.
Did get a couple of materialistic items related to kiting but given the above, the material gifts pale in comparison!!!!!!