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The thread was: When Extreme Ability Isn't Enough
This is the sort of fundamental information which is coming here by accident just because Rickl felt like sharing it today .
It shouldn't be fortuitous; every rider should have been taught that, and more, from the very onset.
The majority of fatal accidents are caused by ignorance or disregard of elementary aerology and meteorology, and IKO shares a huge responsibility for the tragic statistics for failing to provide instructions of matters which are taught before anything else in all sports depending on the air and its dynamics (most sailing and all flying sports).
IKO claims it is in their syllabus, but the fact is that, at least in my region, I haven't seen any IKO branded instructor teaching these topics. How could they, not having been themselves taught that?
IKO satisfy themselves by selling their stickers to schools to fool the punter. For new schools, it's a quick substitute for experience. They (IKO) never follow up nor bother to check if the teaching given corresponds to their programme, if there was any.
Considering IKO is dysfunctional beyond redemption, has anyone an idea about how to make up for it and disseminate meteorological and aerological subjects in all the schools? There is a safety thread in kiteforum, and if it were there, it would be a good start, but that would not be enough, as beginners usually get aware of forums' existence only after they have learnt.
PS: all good links on meteorology and aerology welcome here for a digest.
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"We seek excellence, by constant trial and error."
Master Jin Kwon (South Korean Martial Arts master)
Airush One Kite
Airush is on the right track. This is the evolution of kite.
Next step: no strut. Rumors are that such a kite is already in proto form (the Zero kite?).
And then finally, the greatest innovation of all: replace the remaining leading edge tube with a second skin in order to produce a proper airfoil.
The brand will appropriately change its name to RamAirush.
PS... the evidence that that Airush should follow the logic further is taken from report:
"However, the advantages of a one strut kite that become apparent after the first session are: set up is quick, pack down is easy and quick, relaunch is easy (no water wheel effect of extra struts), flies great and pulls well in light winds (improved aerodynamics I'm guessing)."
That's precisely how a foil kite is defined. ;-)
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"Carve every word before you let it fall."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Transcript from a kiteforum comment Mako King-riders pics
where I had pointed to a recently uploaded clip: Carve cruise
Looks like you were riding in fairly light wind. What size of FS Speed 3 were you flying? Did you notice any tip tuck as you carved downwind? From the video it appeared that you had a very nice flow going. Any tips or observations would be appreciated."
Hi Fern (or is it Manus?),
That was a 15 and a slightly hacked Mako Wide.
No tip tuck, or only just a bit that I deliberately allowed for quicker turning.
The very first recommendation I'd give anyone to feel the flow, is to come to a place like Bali . The glassy emerald water between the breaking waves makes the riding not only easy, but truly exhilarating.
What struck me when I first saw the video, is that I did not appear to work the kite at all; but that was not the case. The Speed3s, like the Psy4, but unlike the Speed2s, like to be worked in order to maintain the pull, which is particularly needed when gibing downwind.
The lesser the wind the earlier the kite has to be thrown in the opposite direction; board follows after, and then comes the moment you have to prevent tip tuck (or the kite falling out of the sky if you had a tube-kite). If you managed to get the kite down near the the water quick enough then work it up again, otherwise down-loop it to ensure you're maintaining the pull.
In a way, I deal with a downwind carve a bit like a jump of the horizontal kind, by loading the kite prior to the turn in order to gain max momentum. With foils in a jump as well you've got to be attentive to maintain lift in the kite throughout and after the jump.
In any case, it helps a lot to start the downwind carve with the kite as low as possible and then try to make it turn in a tight radius almost stalling the kite, in other words, don't let the kite anywhere near the zenith.
It is equally important to maintain the carve till you are again at the proper angle relative to the wind in order to restore the generous apparent wind every FS rider appreciates.
PS: It took me some time to understand how to do it with foils... The fact they naturally stay so much more forward in the window (or high near the zenith), made the completion of the carve that much harder. I actually got the trick of the gibing properly with tube kites. Finishing the job with foils is the hardest part compared to tube kites I tried (F-One M5 12, Naish Park 10, Airush VarialX 12, FS Cronix, all great kites btw).
PS2: Yet another tip to add to the above: before going downwind, release the depower strap to nearly full power in order to keep the kite deeper in the window without having to keep the bar to my chest.
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Rushing to click "like" might be counterproductive.
As much as I am dismayed by the disaster, as much I don't think a boycott is a sensible solution for fixing the problem. BP is responsible for the spill (but not alone, there is Haliburton etc...) no doubt about that, and consequently will be the entity paying the enormous costs for the cleaning up the mess. A boycott will reduce their capacity to do that.
BP has 100 000 people working for them, who bear absolutely no responsibility for what had happened. Punishing them for something they couldn't have prevented in any way (when perhaps only a dozen of people in the chain of responsibilities are the culprits), and putting thousands jobs at stake will not help the hundreds of thousands of people of the Gulf of Mexico directly affected by the spill, on the contrary.
Furthermore, with the continued use of fossil and nuclear energies, the statistical odds are that it will come at a immense cost to our environment. What happened could happen (and will; it's only a matter of time) to any oil company. Just check the safety records of the other major companies. Amoco has certainly learnt the lesson from their catastrophe. BP will too and change their safety policies accordingly to improve safety, there is no doubt about that, but the risk will never vanish.
Finally, I'd be very hesitant to join a movement who might have a hidden agenda. Who's behind the idea? Who will it benefit ultimately? Those are questions that require answers before calling the movement genuine and join the shouting crowds.
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