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Zip ties are good advice Nick. Old timers like me grew up in the days when bailing wire and chewing gum were all you needed to quick-fix anything mechanical, but zip ties, duct tape and super glue are the new standards (and can even be helpful for minor first aid).
Software engineer, which I kite to forget.
Sorry to hear that. One of the reasons for posting this thread was so that we could network a little and maybe one result would be that folks like you might find something they enjoy more.
I'm a mechanical Engineer who has worked at all of the big computer companies. Currently at Apple enjoying the 17 minute drive to kite.
i'm also a mechanical engineer, designing opposed piston engines as part of a small team in san carlos... my whole life is engines too. track cars. track bikes. i just built a dirt bike. Life is racing, everything else is just waiting ; | Kiting has had a tough time being secondary yet i still go out 3+ times a week... there's a wife too somewhere in between. (lol jk)
Very much enjoying the 15min drive to 3rd!
kiting tip: constant progression will keep u from getting bored. applies to everything.
Low-tech worker here. I like the whole idea of talking about jumping:
I have been working on my soft landings, nail most of them except for the monster ones. One of the things that has worked for me is sending the kite in the direction I am going once I have reached the apex of the jump and started descending. Sometimes I have soft landings after a huge jump, and I have absolutely no idea what I did to make that happen.
I noticed in super strong winds it doesn't take much sending of the kite to get lofted and the intense wind actually continues to give you additional vertical boost as you go up.
I particularly find jumping useful when going out in big surf, as a way to get over a wall of water that would normally bury you. Once airborne you must be able to land and sail away immediately or else you will be caught dead in the impact zone.
There's only one reason you have a soft landing--your kite is directly overhead, or close to it. The goal should always be to have the kite overhead as you start to come down. The more you oversend the kite, the harder this is to do.
You don't want to send it forward too soon after reaching the apex because by the time you reach the water it might be losing the "parachute" effect. The less "parachute-y," the harder your landing. I try to get my kite overhead as I'm starting to come down, and then send it forward just enough before landing to give me some momentum when I hit the water. It's all a timing thing. Of course, this all depends on the height of your jump--shorter jump, things happen more quickly.
I love being a little overpowered for jumping! Ironically, you can have better landings in stronger winds with bigger jumps because you barely have to send the kite. Just a little twitch from 11 to 12 o'clock and you're zooming. Keep the kite at 12 and on the way down you have your parachute.
Mgmt consultant in Energy and Tech Industries, heading back for my MBA. The rest @ LinkedIn.com/forquer
Pro Tip: Get a surfboard- any surfboard. My $20 Craigslist board got me first out and last in privileges many times, and is wayyyy more cost effective than a monster kite.
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Tip: Learn to ride toe-side. It really helps for riding in the surf!