I need some help on this one. I had an interesting session of kiteboarding yesterday. Winds were about 14mph when I started setting up. I ran my lines upwind with the leading edge face down facing me. I checked my lines and they looked good – nothing was tangled or out of alignment. So I pulled the kite around into the wind and then it started – the death spiral (see the video below). What I am looking for is someone to tell me what happened. What I think must have happened is my right steering line must have gotten caught on the pulley for my right brake line and couldn’t get unstuck until it crashed in such a way as to jar it loose. But I am hoping someone with more experience can tell me if I am right. Let me know in the comments below. Thanks in advance.
This was a freaky situation. The pull was really strong even though the wind wasn’t. Notice I end up laying down to dig my skis in as much as I could. After the kite lines untangled themselves the kite crashed and all was good. I reviewed the situation, checked the lines and everything looked good. The kite was now responding as usual so I started up again as if it never happened. The spiraling happened so fast I didn’t really have time to think about what was going on until after the fact. After thinking about it and getting the comments below I see there were some things I could/should have done differently and will next time I hope. Read the comment below and pay attention to what he says about the shape of the kite before launch. I think that would have been my clue to a problem and had I noticed it may have been able to remedy the situation before it happened.