70105Re: [ksurf] Flat kite accident?
- Jul 12, 2006I also agree with the statement about increased safety of flat kites,
but from personal experience here's one more suggestion which could
apply to all kites I suupose.
When struggling to relaunch (I was trying to avoid a TE down
inverting situation) ALWAYS make sure you are keeping the lines clear
of the bar. I tangled the leaders around the bar (also complicated
by a leash attached aboave the bar which I do not recommend!).
When the kite powered up before I untangled the bar it went into an
uncontrolled power spin... yikes! Had to ditch the kite
completely... after spinning several times it got so tangled even
this was a challenge!
Anyway, this is pure operator error but a good lesson I think... also
I would recommend ditching as soon as the power spins start... no
sense in getting worked and even more tangled! Save your strength
for swimming and/or flagging down someone!
--- In email@example.com, CCKiteboarder@... wrote:
> I basically agree but was reading on kite forum some talk about
> happens if the bridle gets tangled or a pulley fails. Apparently
> kites go into an unstoppable power spin. People say they have no
> but to release the kite totally. Sounds to me, if this is true,
> needs to be addressed. Runaway kites are not a good thing. What
> think? Is this true? Are manufacturers addressing this issue in
> Carson City, Nevada, USA
> On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 04:27:43 -0700, <hungvu2000@...> wrote:
> > I have been using the Waroo extensively for the whole winter,
> > almost half of the summer now!
> > Everytime I switch back to the classic, foil and other types of
> > kite, I notice how drastically safer the flat kites are.
> > Looks like with the flat kites, accident will be drastically
> > (especially the lofting or dragging into hard object accidents).
> > I would like to hear some statistics regarding the flat kite
> > world wide (especially the lofting or dragging into hard object
> > accidents).
> > P.S., The stopper ball on the chicken loop is great and make the
> > behave similar to a classic when you are not holding the bar (for
> > deadman trick or other reasons), but at the same time, it makes
> > only as safe as the classic unless the tension on the stopper
> > set to real low (then you cannot do the deadman trick anyway).
> > Personally, I would set the stopper ball as far as possible on
> > may move it in closer when in deep water. The other option is to
> > set it to as far as your arm can reach or not having the stopper
> > all especially if you want a safer flat kite.
> > P.P.S., The other benefit of the flat kite is the ease of board
> > retrieval, you can literally swim back to your board and don't
> > have to body drag upwind. Board leash and board leash accident is
> > definitely a thing of the past as you have more choices and can
> > always get back to your board regardless the state of the wind
> > drag upwind was difficult in way overpowered and way underpowered
> > situations).
> > Hung.
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