I had kitesurfer in the shop yesterday who told me about a leash system he
uses. He apparently saw it on another guys kite who intends patenting it in
It consists of a 5th line, from a spring clip(suppose you could also use a
QR here) on the harness, to a small cleat on the bar, to the kite. On the
kite he has two webbing straps, each about 15cm adjacent to the centre of
the leading edge, wrapping around the bladder casing with double patches on
the dacron top and bottom.(They could possibly pass through the kite at this
point and reduce the patching) These are attached in such a way that when
the bladders are inflated the pull is against the back of the bladder
casing, reducing the stress on the flat dacron.The webings each have a metal
ring at the front to which is attached a short bridal joining about 1m from
the kite. There he attaches the 5th line.
When wanting to land, or quickly depower the kite, he lets the bar go and
the 5th line then tensions the kite much the same as holding it in the
middle by hand, the kite then gently floats to ground dead downwind and sits
happily on the ground, or water. Because there is then no pull on the kite
the bar only goes a short distance up the centre line and is easily
Then, he uses the same system to water relaunch the kite, according to him
He claims the main benefit is the gentle landing of the kite and stability
when on the ground, even in strong wind and the ease of water relaunching
Am not sure of the function of the cleat on the bar, we didn't get that far.
What do you think?.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Mel <kitebord@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2002 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Line lengths..
> Mike Soultanian <msoultan@...> wrote:
> > Someone suggested that instead of attaching the leash to
> > one of the rear lines, hook it to a center line instead...
> > However, if you've got the leash attached to a front line, wouldn't it
> > depower the kite just like being in the chicken loop? Any reasons why
> > this would be a bad idea?
> Not that I know of, in fact I think the general consensus is that leashing
> front line is best. If set up properly, it depowers the kite much more
> the trim loop. The key is that you're attaching the leash to ONE front
> (the trim loop attaches to both).