3980Re: Keeping things straight ...
- Nov 20, 2002Good points folks. Some of us have been saying that kiteboarding is
not as easy as it looks for quite a while. The problem is that it
can be very easy until things go wrong. Just like flying, you can
learn to steer a plane in about five minutes, landing, takeoff and
dealing with emergencies take a lot more time and training. At any
rate being more methodical is critical for kiteboarding for the long
term free of serious incidents.
Many of us may remember launch approaches in the pre-four line
inflatable days. Launching unhooked was fairly common and endorsed
for obvious safety reasons. Easily taking advantage of the greater
wind range of 4 line inflatables compels the majority to hook in to
the chicken loop to launch. Jo makes a good point, launching
unhooked solves a lot of safety problems during the vulnerable step
in kiteboarding. It does raise some other issues on restricted wind
range but kiteboarding is all about choices.
--- In ksurfschool@y..., "Jo Macdonald" <mrjomacdonald@v...> wrote:
> All good stuff, but everyone can makes mistakes and even if I
> and recheck my lines, this is one of the best reasons I've got for
> launching unhooked.
> In strong wind with the trim all the way down, or depower held on
> the bar.
> If the shit hits the fan let go fast and let the leash do its job.
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