You will be able to use the repair kit enclosed in the wing bag. Note: If the leak is too big, please contact a kite repair professional. Before proceeding with any kind of repair, it’s important to follow the following steps:
- Repair it in a place that is sheltered from sand, water, and wind. Use a clean and flat surface to work on.
- Surfaces will need to be cleaned with freshwater or preferably alcohol.
- You will need the repair kit supplied and a marker.
1.LOCATE THE LEAK WITH THE BLADDER MOUNTED: Pump the wing and try to hear where the leak is located, pay special attention around the valve area. In case you cannot hear the leak, you can spray water onto the leading edge and strut. You will see bubbles popping out where the leak is. We do this step first before dismounting the bladder as sometimes the leak may occur very next to the tips or the zipper. In this case, the repair can be completed with the bladder mounted on the wing, you can skip steps 2 and 4 if this is your situation. If the leak is not close to these areas or we simply don’t detect the leak then we need to remove the bladder.
2. TAKING OUT THE BLADDER: Disconnect the pipe from the strut, take off the valve if the wing is fitted with it. Tie one line on each side of the leading edge (wingtips), and take the leading edge bladder from the zipper.
3. LOCATE THE LEAK AND REPAIR: Use a water spray or sink the bladder into a pool or a bath tub. Once you locate the leak, dry up the area, make a circle around it with a pen, sand the area, then stick the repair patch (enclosed with the repair kit).
4. INSERT THE BLADDER INTO THE WING USING BOTH LINES: Pump it softly and make sure there are no wrinkles when the bladder reaches some pressure. Do not pump fully at the psi recommendation until the bladder is perfectly inserted.