The Variable Control concept is based on dynamic front line attachments which move forward and back when the kite is trimmed in and out.| Here’s How It Works The Variable Control concept is based on dynamic front line attachments which move forward and back when the kite is trimmed in and out. There are two front line attachments on each wing-tip approximately 6″ appart. These are joined by a loop of line with a pulley which travels along it. The front line pigtail is attached to the pulley. When the kite is sheeted in, the front line pulley travels back on the wingtip, opening up the leading edge while stablizing the wingtip. As the kite is sheeted out, the pulley travels to the front of the wing-tip, allowing the kite to depower much more than any other eliptical kite. The downward angle of the wing-tip is critical for this system to work properly. We all know the effects of moving the front lines further back. It makes the kite fly more off the front lines and creates more power. The downside of this is the loss of depower ability. This system has the best of both worlds, and it adjusts automatically. When the kite is fully sheeted in, the front lines move to the possition where you would attach the lines to fly 2-line. This also eliminates a lot of bar pressure and makes the kite steer much faster. If you prefer a slower turning kite, you have the option of two back line attachment possitions. Performance Benefits Inflatable kites as they are designed today are limited. They cannot achieve a high angle of incidence without wing-tip flaring, which creates a large amount of drag as you can see in the illustration to the left. When the rider pulls in the back lines, the kite reaches a point where the downward force on the back lines translates into inward force, causing the flaring effect. This is like putting on the brakes, and when the forward speed of the kite decreases, so does the amount of lift. Globerider’s new system allows the kite to acheive a much greater angle of incidence while reducing drag. When the kite is sheeted in, the front lines move back towards the trailing edge, shortening the wing-tips. This eases the pressure on the back lines, eliminating the flare effect. This equals huge lift with minimal drag along with a major reduction of jellyfishing. At the same time, this system allows the kite to depower more than any kite on the market. When the kite is sheeted out, the front lines move forward beyong the point that any other kite is flown. This allows the kite to rock forward and achieve an incredible amount of depower while remaining stable. This will be a giant advantage for beginners and pros alike.