It took me a little while to figure out that I'd managed to tangle the heck out of the lines when I wrapped the kite up last weekend, but once I got that figured out,
When I started, I'd spend more time laying my lines out and untangling them than I did flying. I knew I had to fix that one.
I read a post on the Rev forum from Monkeyboy, I believe about winding lines... I take no credit for the method but can verify that it works each and every time for me. Never a tangle or twisted mess... less than 5 mins from arrival to being in the air...
For my quad line kites...
I never remove the handles from the line set. When I put my stuff away, I disconnect from the kite, larkshead the top and bottom of each side together, hang them on my winder, stick a finger between the pairs and just wind them around the winder. I don't figure 8 them, just a straight wind.
When I get to the handles, I just lay them together and get them around the winder best I can and use the bungee to hold it all together.
For laying them out, I just stake the handles down and unwind, connect the kite, go back to the handles, pick them up and untwist each handle till the lines are clear and I'm up.
This takes some practice to see the way the twists are laying but really, never more than one or two in each pair. With some tension in the lines, they are very easy to clear.
One note on this... I am left handed and use crazy 8 winders. They have a logo on one side of the winder which I always face up for winding and unwinding. When I wind, the winder is in my left hand and I wrap the lines with my right hand.
For unwinding, the logo up on the winder, the winder in my left hand and I unwind with my right hand.
Works every single time.
On my power kites though, I parapack. I leave all the lines connected, make sure the kite is landed without any twists in the line, and unstake the handles so they are just lying on the ground. I walk to the kite, fold it up as nice as I can and leave the lines coming out from the bottom of the kite.
I stick the kite in it's bag and push my hand into the center of the bottom of the kite and make a good sized opening. Then, I grab a handful of line and just stuff it in the opening I made. I keep doing this till the handles are all that's remaining. I wrap a few times around the handles and then stuff them into the opening and I'm done.
To setup, I leave the kite in it's bag, stake the handles and just walk till the kite pops out of the bag. Unfold the kite, shake it out and walk back to the handles and untwist anything that's twisted.
This way looks REALLY messy and it feels like you are making a rats nest but it was surprising to me how well it worked and I've never ever had an issue or a tangled mess... And best of all, it's FAST. only a couple of minutes to setup and get flying...