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2011/10/29 von CORE Kiteboarding

HowTo: trim your kite using C.I.T.

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Innately all our kites have plenty of different trimming possibilities. We‘ve asked our teamriders, how they adjust their kites.

The word „trimming“ makes one think of tricky work adjusting knots or measuring different lines exactly, but it‘s definitely not like that. Thanks to the „CORE Intelligent Trim System“ (C.I.T.) the rider can adjust the bar pressure and turning speed individually. Everything one needs to do is open a loop and ty it to a different attachment point. Entire effort? One minute. The result? A kite revealing a completely different side.

The turning speed can be adjusted individually from easy handling to super agile at the tip of the kite. You‘ll find three attachment points on each side. The further outwards you move the steering line, the more agile your kite will be, e.g. for waveriding. To take away some of this fire, move the steering line inwards instead. That way the kite will perfectly stay in one spot, for example to do handlepasses.

It‘s pretty similar with the bar pressure, which can be easily adjusted from very light to hard. To do this use the three attachment points found on each side of the fronttube. Out of the box the bridle is tied to the middle option, but you can move it up to get even more immediate feedback or down for notably low bar pressure.

By the view of it, it might not seem much to move the bridle for a few centimetres, but once in the air it‘s a completely different ball game. After all, you‘re changing all angles within the bridle.

The whole issue is once again explained in the following graphic:

Plenty of times we meet surfers at the beach totally suprised by their kite having this particular feature. Give it a go and try it. Perhaps you‘ll like your kite adjusted to your personal preferences even more! For some „inspiration“ you‘ll find the setups of our teamriders here:

Beany Burblies:
"I fly my kites and the bar in the initial state, as it fits like that perfectly. On Maui we‘ve used the fastest variation exclusively for riding waves to make the kite turn on the spot and be even more reactive."

Tim Kummerfeld:
"For perfect unhooked performance I prefer the slower setup. To be precise, I use the most inner position on my 7m and 9m and the middle setup on my 12m GTS. For me the advantage is obvious: the kite doesn‘t react to minor steering input.
Due to that you don‘t mis-steer your kite that fast, especially while having just one hand at the bar during handlepasses. In addition to that the kite loops a bit wider making Kiteloop Handlepasses even easier as it will be directly in the zenith afterwards!
Regarding the barpressure I prefer the middle option. The reason: great feedback and no tired arms!”

Marilou Lavallée:
„I prefer very light bar pressure for almost endless freestyle sessions.“

Robert Kidnie:
"I like my kite to turn as fast as possible for no delay while waveriding. Therefore I set my kites at the fast setting at the tip."

Lasse Girolstein:
“I like all my Kites at the same speed, which makes it easier to train the same tricks in different wind conditions. So I put my 7m at slow (last knot towards the middle of the kite), my 9 at the middle and my 11m at the fast setting (first knot towards the end of the edge). For the bar pressure I set all my kites at the middle knot to get not too much but also not too little pressure on the bar.”