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How and Why you should know how to self-launch Let us start by agreeing that self-launching should be only done by an experienced kiteboarder and avoided if other individuals are around whether a kiter or not, as you can easily teach someone how to hold a kite for you to launch in less than a minute. Now that we got that out of the way, and understand that self-launching is not ideal though worth knowing in case you are in remote areas alone. You can self-launch one of three ways. One is by using a heavy object or anchor to have your chicken loop attached to while you put your kite in a launching position. The second technique is by pulling your lines and having your kite drag on the land into the wind window to launch it similarly to a water relaunch. And the third method is by folding one wing tip over, and covering with sand while the back is on its back and pulling up directly into a launching position. We won't go in-depth about the three methods as to be taught correctly it must be done by an IKO Instructor in live situation. Though we would like to inform you about the potential dangers of self-launching and why it’s recommended for experienced riders only. When self-launching unless it’s the anchor method, you do not have time to make sure that all your lines are properly set up. If you do have a tangle in your lines, you will need to be able to properly counter to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Additionally sometimes you have limited room to work with. If you have lots of obstacles around it adds another layer of challenge to pulling off an already challenging feat. This is why it is highly recommended to only self-launch when it is needed and to be properly prepared. When is the last time you self-launched, and what is your prefered method?
The battles in the men's rankings have never been closer! The Men's Top 10 is completely undecided moving into the last event of the season. With just one discard, 25 points for a missed event, and the confirmed absence of Sam Medysky and Ramiro Gallart, the possibilities are as follows (it may be confusing so feel free to ask questions in the comments): Rich Sabo with a win could climb as high as 7th Overall and needs at least 8th Place to over take Ramiro in 10th Overall. That is only if Artem Garashchenko does not move into 6th Overall with a win or at least 13th to take 10th Overall, or if Alex Maes moves into 5th Overall with a win or 16th to move into 10th Overall. Axel Tack could move up as far as 5th Overall with a win but needs to defeat his brother by 7 places to overtake him. Tack Christophe could move up as far as 3rd Overall with a victory but needs to defeat Craig and Eric by 3 places while Noe places lower than 8th. Craig Cunningham and Eric Rienstra 's top two events so far are tied and could go as far as 2nd overall if either wins the event. Noè Font could also take 2nd overall if he defeats Brandon by 3 places. The title race has come down to Ewan Jaspan Brandon Scheid and Sam Light, each with an event victory this year! If one of these riders wins the event they will be the Kite Park League Champion! If neither of them win then Ewan will maintain the top spot. Brandon will then have to beat Sam by 2 places and stay within 2 places of Noe to stay ahead for 2nd overall. Sam would then need at least 11th place and stay within 3 places of Noe to move into 3rd overall. Be sure to tune in to this and the Rhosneigr Park Jam facebook pages starting September 30th to get all the event news and updates as it unfolds!