Nitro 4 relaunch

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john251
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:35 pm

I recently bought a 12m Nitro 4. I'm enjoying the kite, but the one thing I'm not enjoying is the relaunch. I'm sure my technique leaves a lot to be desired, as my previous kite (Best Kahoona) seemed to relaunch by itself, but lots of people have said in their reviews that the Nitro's relaunch is pretty easy, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something basic in terms of my technique. I was trying to relaunch in about 16 or 17 knots of wind yesterday, so not exactly a light-wind relaunch, but still I found that the kite was just sitting there, leading edge down, pulling me hard downwind towards the shore, but not wanting to move to the side for a relaunch. There are no shallows where I ride, so I don't have anywhere I can go to just experiment with the relaunch. Any advice would be appreciated.
Elyes
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:50 pm

hello
try to swim in the direction of your kite before relaunch and be sure that your bar is depowered . adding a lot of depower must help too.
Hope this will help you
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Andre
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:37 pm

I agree, the relaunch is tricky when you are in the lower windrange. In normal winds depower the bar and yust pull the steering line harder than you know from your kahoona. In lower winds you must work with the frontlines to roll the kite a bit on its back... try this (works with swimming too) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnwAlDxAOwg . Another vid : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyW_Xfkhe0g
john251
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Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:43 pm

Thanks for your replies. I think the winds would have qualified as 'normal' rather than 'light', but by the sounds of it, regardless of the wind conditions you would want to depower the kite before relaunching, which was something I didn't do. In fact, I had the kite fully powered the whole time, so perhaps that was the big thing I was missing.
Windmaster
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Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:35 pm

I have the same comment as john251, my new nitro 4 16m is harder to relaunch than my Zephyr 17m and a lot harder than my old slingshot Z 13m. I will try next time when the weather permits the reverse launch and rocking the kite techniques. Then again I didn't have to do it with the ozone or slingshot.
igoryak
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Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:10 pm

it is much heavier construction than a zephyr... zephyr is more in the Helium range
Windmaster
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Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:54 pm

igoryak wrote:it is much heavier construction than a zephyr... zephyr is more in the Helium range
While not specified. , I was expecting that it would be easy in 15 knots wind.
Shape is more a factor than weight, even in light wind.
igoryak
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Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:12 pm

15 knots is not light wind..
I wonder if Nitro3 was easier to relaunch because of the different bridle..?
To me it seems that the more the bridle is configured toward the center of the kite, the longer it is, maybe these attributes affect relaunch?
Andre
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Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:06 pm

I try reverse water launching my 12m Nitro 4 in 13-14 Knots, didnt work :| Maybe on land when the kite is dry. So Nitro 4 16m is no lightwind option for me.
Faxie
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Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:16 pm

Depower the kite. Get it to lift the wingtips off the water so the kite can pivot over the LE. That's why delta kites got such a good relaunch. They have that shape already built in, even when powered.
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