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4978Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Board Leash

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  • George Sarris
    Sep 2, 2004
      I prefer to keep my hook knife on my vest. When I was
      learning the added bouyancy of the vest was a plus.
      As with any safety gear, you hope you never have to
      use it but in that off chance you need it, it can save
      you from serious injury.

      Ride safe, ride tomorrow.
      --- ex_cpe <wetstuff@...> wrote:

      > --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, "Scott"
      > <wind.snow@v...> wrote:
      > > Hello everyone,
      > > I'm pretty new to kiting, took a lesson an been
      > out 3 or 4
      > > times. I can get up on the board and ride both
      > directions but still
      > > dump the kite a bit and havent gotten upwind. I
      > was using a
      > > wakeboard before but now I got myself a nice naish
      > board. I noticed
      > > it had leash attachment point on the back. Do
      > you guys and gals
      > > use leashes and if so what kind. I've used a
      > surfboard leash before
      > > and havent had any problems but I'm guessing if
      > it's too short I
      > > could get a nice slingshot action right at me.
      > ________________________________________________
      > Don't use a leash. I use a leash. FOR SURE don't
      > use a urethane surf leash. While you're
      > getting a high-speed faceplant, you board is
      > aligning itself for a shot at your head. ...and,
      > No; a longboard leash isn't any safer - you just
      > live a nanosecond longer.
      > I use a reel leash from NSI in the ocean. I've lost
      > a board in the Atlantic because my head
      > was 4" above choppy waves and I couldn't see the
      > dark Maroon shape. I also don't like the
      > damn board taking a hike down the beach in the rip
      > while I'm stumbling out of the water
      > with an angry chunk of nylon in the air. ....and,
      > if I'm feeling lazy, or the wind is offshore
      > Bayside, I may still use it. I also "always" use a
      > helmet! ...the helmet has become like
      > seatbelts in my car.
      > The pisser about no-leash in the learning period is
      > all the damn time you spend fishing for
      > your board when the kite seems to always pull you
      > the other way. Flip the board over
      > while you are fixing your tie - it won't drift off
      > quite so fast.
      > ___________________________________________________
      > Also does anyone
      > > carry one of those hook knives? if so where do you
      > where it? On your
      > > harness? Thanks for your advise.
      > ............I carry a machete in the truck, but
      > haven't needed a knife in the water yet. The
      > fear-dream I have: getting rolled in the shorebreak
      > with hot lines around me...
      > Scott - have fun.
      > Jim

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