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Author Topic: Hubris (or, why I need to order a bunch of Zero Air sticks)  (Read 2641 times)
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« on: March 16, 2014, 04:13 PM »

It was a beautiful early morning walk to the beach. little to no wind, so I took my elegant monochrome Vanishing Point with me.  Smiley

Nice light, a few photos before I flying...

It was just past high tide and the beach was pretty narrow for the 75' lines. No problem, the kite looks real nice out over the water.  Smiley Smiley Smiley

Very light wind, hardly nothin', just right for floaty flatspins with hardly any effort at all. Heaven.

Just one more rotation out of this lovely pinwheel, there's just enough altitude....   Tongue

A wingtip just touches the surface of the water, but the water is receding rapidly and pulls the tip in the direction of rotation and the kite is sucked down like into a vacuum. A little wave comes in and the kite disappears under the foam. Having plenty of kites go swimming in the past, I knew not to let it go, nor try to reel it in. I walked down the line and into the surf as a second wave rolls over the kite, then pushes it towards me. I fish it out in a heap of poly and broken carbon.   Sad

It's ugly.  Huh

But once I spread it out there weren't any major tears just a couple of poked out LEs. Not surprising as this kite is built really light with just folded over Icarex for the LE tunnels. Turns out that the main damage is going to be monetary. Five Skyshark Zero Airs and some small sail patches will do the trick.  Smiley

A little dunking like this with a standard kite, no problem, fly it dry and put it away. I really should be more careful with my dainty SULs, but man it was a nice flatspin.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 05:36 PM »

Maybe a thread about Hubris and kite destruction stories.  Everyone loves a little carnage - as long as it's someone else...

I hope to come across a VP to add to the classics bag some day.  Not that many of them on the loose.  Glad the sail survived.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 07:01 PM »

I did NOT need to see those pictures.

The Horror. The Horror.

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 07:59 PM »

I did NOT need to see those pictures.

The Horror. The Horror.

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 08:11 PM »

Oh the humanity! Cry

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