Been some interesting threads on the busier UK forum of late, well, they start of interesting and soon turn into a load of old horses cock once the people that believe their own bullshit get amongst the discussion. You know the sort of thing; someone comes along and asks a sensible and relevant question, and then about two hundred idiots reply saying, “I’ve never flown it, BUT, trust me, the kite in my signature is better.”
There’s one happening right now about Delta kites all tumbling from the sky when the lines go slack. Someone has even said that such kites are really holding their riders back because it stops them from doing their usual freestyle tricks whereby the bar can become weightless. Just how long do these people think a rider is flying through the air under his own momentum after releasing from the water? It’s baffling. Anyway, if you’ve been unfortunate to stumble accross such a thread, you may be interested to see the above photos.
It’s a small part sequence I took of Etienne L’Hote in Madagascar last year flying the Bandit Dos. First up, he doesn’t appear to be too held back by the kite. Second up, check the slack lines in the third photo, then check the photo after that – what’s that? Tight lines? B-b-b-but it’s a Delta and supposed to fall out of the sky I thought?! Yes, that’s because you spend too much time reading forums and playing with your Googles in a dark room.
One last thing, before anyone says, ‘but why aren’t there any Delta kites on the podium in PKRA competitions?’. There are no Delta kites on the podium in comps because all the team riders are too busy going to Madagascar, Mauritius, Maui, Margaret River and other nice places beginning with M and couldn’t give two figs for the PKRA. Soon no on else will either.