I really like to fly in light wind conditions. (Especially dual lined kites.) Somehow I get even more “in touch” with my kites. I think it’s because I must read the little wind there is to really make the most out of it. And when it drops below a certain point – which differs depending on what kite I’m flying – I must start “making” the wind myself.
The extreme point if this is flying indoor or in true no wind conditions outdoor. Then I must create sufficient pressure in the sail for the kite to fly. This is not as hard as you might think if there’s absolutely zero wind.
But how about those days when there’s just a slight draft, like 1 to 1,5 meters per second (2 to 4 mph)? You know, just a bit too much for 3D flying (unless you work your socks off) but not quite enough to effortlessly keep that kite in the air?
In such conditions, you will need to move backwards – upwind – to make sure there will be enough wind pressure in the sail to make the kite fly. However, you can’t move backwards forever. Sooner or later you will hit that wall, fall back into the water, step into a creek, hit a fence, a car or whatever. You’re running out of (field) space. So what to do?
No worries mate! I’ve got the solution for you. You just glide that kite and gain some ground! …and if you do it a couple of times more, you’ll end up where you started and you can keep on flying!
OK, let’s just do a quick summary of the Glide before turning to the video. You fly the kite up (as) high (as it gets) in the wind window. Then you turn it 180 degrees so that the leading edge is pointing down (inverted position). Start moving forward while the kite is gliding downwind. And before it hits the ground, turn it around again and repeat the whole thing.
Let’s check it out!
You must adapt your speed moving downwind depending on the gliding characteristics of your kite and the wind conditions. Some kites will glide for quite some distance while others lack something in the glide department. The speed of the glide will also vary. Sometimes you just walk slowly downwind, sometimes you must move faster, yeah, even run.
So just go out there on a day when the winds are low, experiment with the glide and see how much ground you can gain!