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Author Topic: How To Handle Large Swings In Wind Speed  (Read 5957 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2010, 08:33 AM »

Luckily, I live in a town with an active commercial port, and the wind/weather report is always right on. Wind speed and direction reported is almost always what I find when I get to the beach.

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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2010, 10:16 AM »

Yesterday, I went to my favorite kite field. Weather report said 7 to nine out of the n/w. When I arrived, the wind was about 15 out of the south. I chose a std and jumped in. As the afternoon progressed, The wind dropped to 4 out of the North, then to zero, then to 8 out of the NE,  then 12 and shifting. The entire afternoon was stop, change kites, change direction. Somewhere in there, I set up an SUL, A UL and a STD. Since I was flying off a dogstake, I found it to be fairly easy to change kites when the wind changed either speed, direction or both. Flying inland can sometimes be challenging.
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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2010, 12:37 PM »

I just got in some wind brakes from Skyburner (should be able to order these through Steve here at GWTW).  They are made for my Widowmaker but will work for pretty much any of today's kites.  They have a pocket on them that slides over the standoff and the lower spreader.  The screen material slows the kite down in the stronger winds and smooths out the wind in the gusts to where they are either not noticeable of very light compared to the jerking / bumpy feeling of gusty conditions.  I think they actually help the kite sit on its back better as well as helping from over-rotating the kite when doing JL's.

Although they probably not what you would want for light winds, they do work very well for the stronger / gustier winds.  I was able to trick much easier and more consistent with my WM in winds constantly varying from 8 to 18 mph where normally I would have been very frustrated and inconsistent.  It's not the "holy grail" for crappy winds....but for the cost, how much they "help" and ease of install, they are pretty darn awesome.

John (the Godfather) has some pics of the wind brakes, I just can't seem to find them right now.  I will post them up if I figure out where they went.

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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2010, 03:30 PM »

Speed Limit (Passive, Dynamic) Variable Venting (linked photo)

Widow Maker Brakes (4 pictures start at linked photo below)

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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2010, 03:45 AM »

Thanks for the pics John  Smiley
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