Mel is right about the reel leash. I have been using a reel leash
for the past 2 months, prior to that I broke 5 leashes in 2 months.
I kitesurf in shallow water, my wakeboard would often got stuck in
the mud and the leash would break. I have had no such problems with
the reel leash. The reel leash brings the board to you gently, so
you don't have to worry about getting slammed by the board after a
The reel leash is great for beginners because the board is always
near your body, you don't have to pull in an 8' leash everytime you
--- In ksurfschool@y..., Mel <kitebord@p...> wrote:
> <kitesurf@h...> wrote:
> > what is the optimal leash lenght ? - as i tend to tangle alot
> > with it.
> You must mean the board leash, in which case the optimal length is
> "variable" (as in a Reel Leash).
> > I currently fight to jibe , but in the meantime when falling to
> > the sea and trying to get back on the board I draged in the
> > water downwind - what cause the walk of shame
> > how to minimize the distance (increase the no. of legs )?
> Instead of trying to jibe, when you want to turn & go back, just
> while slowly flying the kite up to overhead, & then fall backwards
> water. Quickly remove your feet, spin the board, reinsert you
> you're ready to go back. It may not sound like it, but you'll lose
> less ground than jibing, let alone falling in a jibe attempt & then
> going again.
> Once you can work your way upwind of your starting point THEN start
> to jibe.