How to prepare your kite for launch

How to prepare your kite for launch

In this blog entry we will see how to prepare your kite for launch.
In our case, the kite is a Flysurfer type foil kite model of 6 square meters.

Back some time ago we already went into the topic of kite, lines and stuff and how to prepare it properly.  This time we go into it through a photo sequence.

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I consider important to mention that our kite student, Tuan, has get so far two kitesurfing lessons, in which he has gained progressively control of the kite, and, today, on his third day of lessons, he is going to prepare the kite for launch following my directions, being this his first time doing it.

Follow the pictures and see how to launch your kite foil safely, in detail and with success.

In the first photo, we see how Tuan is digs a hole to collect some amount of sand. This sand will be placed on the upwind tip of the kite.

1 dig a hole and get some sand

We should do so, considering the right amount of sand.
Not placing enough amount of sand may do the kite to launch too early, while too much sand will not allow the kite to launch.

Or, even  worse, it would force the kite to fall to the center of the wind window and therefore will launch in the power zone, something that we should avoid by all means.

Therefore, place just the right amount of sand, not too little neither too much sand.

2 check wind direction and open the kite

On the second and third photos, he is placing the sand through all the upwind tip of the kite.

3 anchor the upwind tip of the kite with some amount of sand

And in the next one, Tuan extends the kite from upwind  to downwind

4 extend the kite towards the wind direction

In the next photo he picks up the kite bar and starts unwinding it.

5 start to unwind the lines

He should do that until some meters past the yellow bridles and the pulleys and until the ring where the kite lines are connected to the kite.

Important to mention that once your kite session it’s over and when packing the kite, you should in the first place make sure that all lines remains in the inside part of the kite and no line should stay out of the inside part of the kite.

And second, start rolling the kite tips together and make sure that the kite bar gets clear of the bridles by placing the kite bar inside the kite the kite once the lines are inside the tip which is already folded.

If the kite bar gets tangled between the lines and bridles, you will need to clear the mess and this could take from just minutes to even half hour.

6 check briddles and pulleys

That important is to separate the kite bar from bridles and lines when we are packing.

7 do it in both sides and place them correctly

Once the bridles are separated from each set of them on its correct side, it is time to check that bridles and lines are not crossed and pulleys run smoothly. That done, Tuan disconnects each side line from its ring.

8 disconect the side lines

He now walks backwards unwinding the kite lines and keeping the lines in an angle of 80 degrees with the incoming wind direction.

9 unwind all the lines now

Until he places the kite bar on the sand at the end of the lines extended and keeping the green side on the right and the red line on his left side.

10 place the lines in 80 degrees angle with the arriving wind direction

Now is the moment to pull from each line and recover it until its end.

11 pull and recover both side lines ends

Then he pick each line end, green on his right and red on his left hand and walks towards the kite .

12 walk towards the kite holding one sideline end on each hand

He now, attach each line end with its ring attachment.

13 attach them again making sure the lines are not crossing with the central lines

Checking once more that all is is correctly done and pulleys are running well.

14 attach them well and check it is ok

Now is the moment to return to the kite bar and by keeping the bar parallel with what will be the kite in the moment in which it will stand up against the wind, Tuan starts the kite launching.


Your kite is ready for launch

15 walk back to the kitebar at 80 degrees angle with the arriving wind direction

To do this correctly, he will keep kite bar, lines and kite in the same plane, and as the kite starts to rise he will pull with both hands at the time, gently, some 15 centimeters towards his body.

16 the kite will fill with wind and will launch getting to the 90 degrees angle by itself

At the same time that he will keep pulling with his right hand -in this case as he is launching the kite  from his left side- and then pushing the war away gently to release the excess of wind pressure inside the kite.

17 check that lines are well attached once again

Once that it is done Tuan will keep the kite in the 11h position and will walk towards the water.

18 walk keeping the kite at 11h

Once in enough depth he will start his bodydrag practices.

19 now you are done, practice bodydrag

This will take half hour, towards the left and later the right side side on the wind window.

20 after a while and having gained control of the kite

As a final note, just to mention that after training his waterstarts.

Tuan was rehearsing the precise movements that he must do with the kite bar to waterstart. That requires to send the kite from his left at 10h- towards his right side -until 14h- and by pushing gently the bar upwards as the kite is crossing the zenith.

One moment after ,Tuan will pull the kite bar towards himself with both hands. This trip plus the bar pressure towards his body will supply the right amount of power to stand up on the board and start his ride.

By doing so, -nobody should be shocked about it- Tuan, after positioning on the kiteboard with his legs stretched to keep the board in front of him.

22 position in the board for waterstart

Was able to stand up on the kiteboard few meters in which was his first attempt of waterstart.

23 and there you go, up on the board and riding

It is only left to congratulate Tuan for his success and thank him for being the photo model for all the photos that illustrate this kite reportage and this blog entry

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