okay, let's try the other end of the catch, down-wind instead! I'm still not convinced this is the proper design for the catch trick. The Speed series kites will dead launch on a smooth surface. Pretty hard to get a long glide when the leading edge has so much pronounced curvature built in.
Anyway, we intent for it to float around in that gradual arc, back to the execution area starting point for the catch (and will position yourself such that you are downwind and approaching a catching point towards the direction the kite is expected to travel).
Man, this will have to be some edge of low-end wind range practice season too or that thing will come back towards the pilot very fast! (scary?)
I'll probably go to very long lines first, but now the flying field location also comes into play. Is the surface sufficiently tangle-free to allow these lines to move as slack while I'm repositioning myself?
I can do this occasionally (in ideal conditions!) with a full sail Pro or the Zen on 120s. Where you can walk along side the kite as it's floating on the breeze (not going up-wind though) and decide when to pick it out of the flight path with your catch. Do I want to rush ahead slightly and have it land in my lap as I sit underneath it's expected zone? Of just that over-passing me into the backwards facing "beheaded catch",.... sitting on the ground? Catch it standing and then swing the kite around "sword style" back at the spectators?
I might have to run a trick-line around all the end-caps of my supersonic to prevent a snag with all the slack in the flying lines. Then onto magic sticks? so it won't require my walk-of-shame as I flail around, we'll see.
If anyone shows up, I'll try to get some video this sunday of this outlandish exercise, then the SS will go back into the closet for another few years.