Kitescare/mare when dropped bar. Advice?
I've bodydragged a couple of times and had a scare the second time
when I practiced letting go of the bar. (in water which i now know is
The kite lines (6.5m free air 4 line) were tangled in the middle, and
uncontrollable, so I wound one line in two winds more than the
others, then continued with the other four lines. The kite still
managed to launch, so I proceded to crap my dacks as the lines were
ripped from my fingers. The saftey leash pulled tight though was now
cought on my harness, so I frantically undid the velcro and untwisted
I pulled the bar in and undid the red saftey release (pin thing) and
wound the rest in, carefull to keep my fingers from getting tangled.
Eventually I just wound the lines over the whole bar, as it seamed
A couple of guy's came out to help (with 10 meters to go and no
relaunches since detaching red line) so i decided to let them hold
the bar while I swam to deflate then detatch the lines. (carefully
up wind of the lines.)
It turned out that the green line was somehow knotted within the
front lines. I'm guessing this occured due to the bar looping over
Was it the bar looping over it self? (or was it some crazy mystery as
I thought for a while)
Should I have let the guy's hold the bar while I swam?
Could I have swam to the kite without the help of the two guy's or
would it have drifted faster than swimming speed? (15 knot winds)
Would the bar sink if I did so?
Should I have swum to shore (35m away) and ran after the kite to
detatch the lines? (it may have been chomped by the swell and
tangled a swimmer, though it was a very uncrouded beach)
Is it always hard to wind in a kite in this situation?
Do people use saftey knives?
Am I a stupid head?
I was with another kitesurfer though he didn't realize my situation.
I now fully realize the time for this to happen is in a lesson.
I also realize i should have wound it in a full kite length.
Any comments are welcome.
Thanks in advance,
- extremesash <extremesash@...> wrote:
> I've bodydragged a couple of times and had a scare the second timeActually I highly recommend it, but not while riding. Find an area where
> when I practiced letting go of the bar. (in water which i now know is
> not recommended)
you can try it standing in waist-deep water, with the kite over water
(doesn't matter how shallow under the kite), & of course nobody downwind,
except a helper (also highly recommended).
> The kite lines (6.5m free air 4 line) were tangled in the middle, andI can't help you there, as I'm unfamiliar with that control system.
> uncontrollable, ...
> It turned out that the green line was somehow knotted within the
> front lines. I'm guessing this occured due to the bar looping over
> it self.
> Was it the bar looping over it self? (or was it some crazy mystery as
> I thought for a while)
Somebody else here should be able to though.
> Could I have swam to the kite without the help of the two guy's orNo, to both. An inflatable kite will drift downwind quite quickly. Both
> would it have drifted faster than swimming speed? (15 knot winds)
> Would the bar sink if I did so?
the stock bar AND the lines float.
> Is it always hard to wind in a kite in this situation?Kind of, but it gets easier with practice.
> ...I wound one line in two winds more than theYou got that right! (now).
> others, ...
> I also realize i should have wound it in a full kite length.
> Any comments are welcome.Consider it a lesson learned cheaply.
- I also have had an free air 4 line, and when you let go of your bar,
the lines allways got tangled and it was impossible to relaunch.
After a while I noticed that in stead of just letting go, you better
throw away the bar ( forward and away from the side where your leash
This way the chance your lines get tangled is far less.