|Advanced Kite Skills|
Tricky Kite Flying
When the kite falls backwards with the trailing edge first, the kite is stalling. Preventing a kite from stalling is very easy, and so is preventing the kite from crashing, if the kiteboarder allowed kite to stall in the first place. However, preventing and recovering kite stalls is generally counter intuitive, so be prepared to go against your natural instincts.
When a kite stalls, the kiteboarder loses steering and pitch control momentarily. To recover this control, the kiteboarder needs to depower the kite by pushing the bar away as far as needed for the kite to resume flying with the leading edge forward. Most beginners will pull the bar in more, because they feel a loss of pull from the kite and they want correct that problem by giving the kite more "power". If you pull the bar in when a kite stalls, it will exacerbate the problem.
There are many factors involved that will determine how quickly the kiteboarder can recover steering control during a stall, such as: how quickly the stall can be identified and reacted to, how the lines are tuned, how far the bar is pushed away, size of the kite, and wind speed.
Once the kite is moving leading edge first, and steering and pitch control has been established, the kiteboarder must still prevent the kite from being steering into the water. This will vary, depending on where the leading edge of the kite is pointed. After recovery, if the leading edge is still pointing to 12 oclock, then steering the kite away from the water is as simple as keeping the bar straight, balanced, and allowing the kite to fly up to 12 o'clock. If after recovery the kite isn't pointed at 12 o'clock, then evasive maneuvers may be required to prevent the kite from crashing.