No need to get all defensive or protective of the non wakestylers, this isn't kiteforum. Howerver you do sound just like half the dudes on there feverishly justifying why mowing the lawn isn't lame when compared to the other aspects of the sport. Yes kiting is beautiful and those of us out there who decided to give it a shot are experiencing something ( no matter the level of riding) that non kiters will ever understand. We are on a thread about Wakestyle, and based on the op and your response i thought our young friend could use some positive response.
Suicide is such a strong word. Thats what hooking your safety just above the chicken loop used to be called. Kites did not used to depower when the control bar was released. Now kites depower enough by just sheeting out all the way which is what happens if you chuck the bar when an unhooked attempt goes wrong and you have your leash hooked up "Suicide'. The reason you want to do this is so you can recover your kite quicker and with less hassle then if you hook your leash to the designed attatchment point. You will see videos of guys hooking up directly to the chicken loop, this depowers the same way but if you had to pop your safety on the chicken loop your leash becomes useless. Maybe somebody can fill me in on what I am missing with that.
So , get used to letting your control bar go as soon as you know your going to wipe. You only have to contend with the momentum you have at that moment instead of getting continually yanked by the kite. Your kite is designed to handle this type of impact.
The kite should always be parked at a 45 while setting up and popping, throughout the trick the kite should maintain that angle or drop a bit. The whole idea of powered unhooked is pop and drop. The kite launches you into the trick then goes away until you land and reengage your edge. If the kite climbs at all throughout the attempt it will begin to manipulate your body positioning. If this happens you have to fight the kite for control of your bodies movements and you will likely not be able to complete the trick.
Just like landing a boost with speed you have go be pointed downwind to land with any control.
I am having trouble fully understanding any of FSPs posts but it sounds like he is saying you have to pay to play and you haven't accomplished anything without an injury merit badge. To get back to Adrians defense of the non wakestyler. He is right and that applies to the levels of wakestyle riding as well. Having fun with what your comfortable with will allow you to want to pursue bigger and better things. Chances are you will never achieve "Pro Rider" level of ability, 99% of us won't. Don't fear the ramifications of a double s-mobe to blind gone wrong if you what your working on learning is a back to blind.
Keep on trying cause its a fun road to go down.
a breakthrough session for me in Key West around 8 years ago.
first trip to hatteras and my first unhooked backroll kiteloop
i still remember this crash, still new to unhooked rotations I let my kite climb in the window, got disorientated, yarded , and slammed on my head backwards into the water. It wouldn't have happened if the kite stayed at a 45 or the wipeout wouldn't have been as bad if i would have just let go of the bar right around this moment.
yes i dabbled in the dangle
back to hatteras with the kite in the right spot
learning to use chop to my advantage
chop will not prevent you from landing your first handle pass
don't fear chop or cold
flat water does not solve all problems
but it does exist within driving distance
Your home spots aren't bad