Adrenajen’s KITE POW- Things we Learn Along the Way.
KITE POW 2: LINE LENGTH
Lets talk about Line Length!
Over the years I’ve been kiting, bars have come with anywhere between 20 & 30 meter lines and I was taught to use what I’ve got. But my latest Best performance bar comes with 20m lines and 3m extensions giving the option of flying with different length lines. My question was what length to use and when?
His method of teaching involved flying the kite with no lines just handles and then progressing in 5m increments as the student became more comfortable until the full length lines was reached. He believes that using shorter lines is like reducing the size of your kite. This is an interesting theory that can still be used today.
- Decrease the power of the kite.
- Create a smaller wind window.
- Make the kite quicker to respond to steering.
- Allow the use of a larger kite in higher wind.
- Can be better for learning.
Shorter lines can be handy at some locations such as a crowded beach covered with people and full of other kiters where maneuvering between other lines in essential.
- Increase the power of the kite.
- Create a larger wind window.
- Make the kite slightly slower to respond to steering.
- Allow the use of a smaller kite in lighter wind.
- Can allow the kite to fly higher in the sky.
Some locations call for longer lines. A jetty or point upwind can create a wind shadow close to the water so longer lines will allow the kite to fly higher in the sky where the wind is cleaner.
So with all that in mind it is a great feature to have 3m extensions to put on or take off as needed. Extensions can expand the wind range of a one kite quiver or make for a quick adjustment change when conditions alter without having to pump up another kite.
Next time your deciding what size kite to pump up also think what line length would work better for the conditions on hand.