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  • Stan Schiller
    ... WE ARE HOPING THAT A SOLUTION WILL BE HERE BEFORE THE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, AND IF THERE IS ONE I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT!!!!!!.I NEED IT FOR THIS
    Message 1 of 50 , Dec 1, 1999
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      kmeder@... wrote:
      >
      > David, is your quick release the type that is attached to your wrist or
      > is it attached to a line that you have to reach out and pull to
      > activate.
      > I would think with the type that is attached to wrist will work, even
      > if you are hooked in and being dragged. All you need to do is pull
      > your arm away from the control bar and it will activate and release the
      > line.
      > This is the one that I use and I feel it is the safest since you can
      > completely depower the kite even if you hooked in.
      >
      > Keith
      >
      > david trewern <davi-@...> wrote:
      > original article:http://www.egroups.com/group/kitesurf/?start=7419
      > > During an otherwise perfect sail on the weekend - I had a bad
      > experience
      > > where my front foot slipped out of it's strap - and I got catapulted
      > over
      > > the board in my harness. Somehow - I twisted in the air, and landed
      > on my
      > > back with my head looking back at the kite. I then went down under
      > water
      > > like an anchor - and had a very scary underwater ride. I tried to
      > find my
      > > quick release, but the force of the kite and speed I was going made it
      > > impossible to reach. I think the fact that I was on my back made
      > things
      > > extra complicated, as (I just worked out) the kite would have been
      > steering
      > > in reverse?
      > >
      > > The thought *drowing* came to mind as I tried to look up through the
      > water
      > > to find either where the kite was in the window - or the quick
      > release...
      > > Eventually - I popped out again and saw my kite spinning with twisted
      > lines
      > > right in the power zone - and I was able to get it in the neutral
      > position.
      > > I got a hell of a fright from this - and my submarine ride that
      > probrably
      > > only lasted 5-10 seconds seemed like forever... A bit like being held
      > > under by a big wave. What can you do in this situation other than try
      > not
      > > to panic?
      > >
      > > I would assume that after the first big power surge, you're usually
      > going
      > > to pop up within 10 seconds or so so you can at least get a breath...
      > Is it
      > > safe to make this assumption?
      > >
      > > Has anyone else had a similar experience? It seems obvious in
      > retrospect
      > > that I should have just hauled myself up towards the bar and unhooked
      > - but
      > > this didn't really seem possible at the time...
      > >
      > > this might have been a bizzare once off, or it might be the case that
      > if
      > > you don't panic, you get a chance to do something with the kite
      > before you
      > > swallow too much water...
      > >
      > > But if not - it might be worth developing a harness line with a quick
      > > release on it. Has anyone tried this?
      > >
      > > Any ideas?
      > >
      > > David T
      > DEAR>KEITH SORRY WRONG ANSWER, THE QUICK RELEASE cannot possibly release when you are hooked in . Thats the problem, we need a latch or some type of other release to kick in when YOU ARE HOOKED IN BECAUSE THE LEASH ON YOUR WRIST WILL NOT RELEASE, UNLESS YOUR ARMS ARE LONGER THAN *#%#*!!!!
      WE ARE HOPING THAT A SOLUTION WILL BE HERE BEFORE THE THE TURN OF THE
      CENTURY, AND IF THERE IS ONE I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT!!!!!!.I NEED IT
      FOR THIS AFTERNOON, TOMORROW ETC.ETC.....
      ATTENTION KEN WINNER WE NEED SOME HELP.!!!!
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
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    • SeanCMurph@aol.com
      buy a foil... let the flames begin...
      Message 50 of 50 , Dec 6, 1999
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        buy a foil...

        let the flames begin...
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