HOW TO LAND A KITE IN STRONG WINDS

The way to land your kite normally,is to bring the kite down to the side of the window. I generally do this so the kite comes down on the sea side of the high tide water mark as there is less debris, so less chance of your kite getting a tear. When the wingtip touches the sand let go the bar. Let the kite settle! Then grab the centre lines above the bar and disconnect your chicken loop. Keep your safety connected and walk on the wind ward side of the lines. Do not pull the kite to you, but go hand over hand toward your kite. Make sure that you never step into your lines so should you need to let go, you do not get entangled in your lines. Should the kite launch into the window then hang onto your lines as it will be de-powered. Walk all the way to your kite and then  grab it by the leading edge and job done.

IN STRONG WINDS THIS ISN’T SO EASY. Holding a paper bag makes you feel like you are about to get blown away,so to repeat the above with a 5 or 7m kite can be very tricky. So sometimes you are going to have to rely on your kiting buddy to get your kite down whilst he is still flying his. This is where I get nervous, as things can go very wrong very quickly here. What should happen here if you want your mate to catch your kite is you should do as explained above. Try to get the kite to settle on the side of the window lying on the sand, as in strong winds if you are bringing your kite down into your mates hands and a gust hits, it can make the kite fly into him!  He can get hooked up in the lines or if it flies into his lines it can make his kite dive across the window and it can be very dangerous. It is easier for him to deal with my kite if it is on the beach on the side of the window and you are not holding the bar. It should stay more stable and give him more time to grab the kite whilst controlling his. Once he grabs it, RUN and assist him!!! Don’t try disconnect and take a moment to reflect! Get up and help your mate, as he is now holding yours as well as trying to fly his. That is why it is best that the more experienced kiter should be one catching the kite. He should also hold his kite more on the side of the window, rather than above him, as it will allow him more control as if a gust hits him he will get pulled away from your kite rather than into it!

HOPE THAT HELPS AND REMEMBER IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THEN JUST USE YOUR SAFETY!!!