This instructional will show you how to safely land your kite without an assistant.
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The drift launch is a technique to self-launch your kite for kite spots with flat to choppy water and no shore break. This technique is for advanced kiters and should only be used if there is no qualified launch assistant available.
First setup your kite as usual and attach your leash and chicken loop. Walk to the front of your kite being careful to not snag any twigs, rocks or shrubs with your lines. Lift the kite by the leading edge and carry it into the water.
If you are at an onshore kitebeach, this launching technique will only work if you can walk out at least double the length of your kite lines.
Once you are in the water, submerge the leading edge of your kite so that the canopy is weighed down with water which will keep the kite stuck to the surface as it drifts downwind of you.
Check your bar and quick release for any line tangles and be ready to quick release if necessary.
As the kite drifts downwind, the lines will begin to tension. Use one backline to turn the kite half way round and let the wind complete the turn.
Untwist your bar and proceed with a regular water relaunch.