Mel's Major Mishap
- Hung Vu <hungvu@...> wrote:
> Mel,Because I'm an idiot ! I simply didn't think of it (until later that
> Can you tell us what happened so we can learn from your mistake.
> Why couldn't simply activate the safety leash, drop the kite on the
> water to retrieve your board?
What happened was I was riding with my Reel Leash disconnected, as I often
do* when I'm way upwind & nobody's around to accidentally run into my board.
I luffed my ARC after landing a big jump, & it opened inverted in the power
zone, ripping me right off the board. I figured I'd just land the kite, let
it roll over & relaunch (as I've done several times), & then drag back up to
the board. The problem is both rear lines ended up hooked over the LE near
the tips, & it took a LOT of screwing around to finally get them unhooked, &
by that time I was WAY downwind & the wind was dropping off so much I
couldn't even drag upwind, so I had to just drag back to the beach.
*to eliminate any possibility of slingshotting, & to prevent wear of the
webbing where it exits the housing (it tends to wear right there, since it's
rubbing back & forth continuously at the same position)
Next time I will just land it (to help prevent further tangling) release it
to the leash (since with an ARC there's nearly no force to swim upwind
against), & swim up to the board, to reconnect the leash before messing with