KITE LEASES are your RESPONSIBILITY!!
- G'day Ted
Pity you have a new bladder on the way, as your repair will probably be OK
and last as long as your kite.
As you can see I have a real issue with people not wearing kite leashes, if
they kite near anyone else, or in areas where a runaway kite will endanger
people or their property!!
I am not singling you out Ted, but you have been kind enough to provide some
I agree that all manufacturers have been very slow to provide good leashes,
and they have not foreseen the problems that their clunky or ineffective, or
complete lack of, a decent kite leash has caused.
I also agree that pro/sponsored riders, comp organisers, magazines, and
advertisers have been extremely irresponsible, in promoting kiteboarding
with no kite leashes.
To me it looks like most manufacturers are in it for their own selfish,
probably mainly money related reasons, especially now after the totally
unnecessary death of Silke Goordt!! (there have been many other avoidable
deaths and injuries too)
What will it take for the IRRESPONSIBLE and SELFISH, SHORTSIGHTED
individuals and companies in this sport to reaslise if people do not wear
kite leashes, this sport will be banned almost everywhere that people now do
it? Because more PEOPLE will DIE, or be MAIMED for life.
There is no future for the sport, unless WE ALL TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
and ensure we and all others around us have a kite leash that works. "Grab
leashes" are absolute nonsense.
If manufacturers leashes do not work, tell them, make it publicly known,
boycott that manufacturer DO NOT BUY THAT BRAND!!
I am going to publish a list of manufacturers that do comply, and a list
that do not and it will be put on the AKSA website for all to see, the time
is now, we cannot give any more slack on this issue.
I am also going to insist that our insurance/insurer includes a clause, that
removes cover to any individual whose actions, by not wearing a leash,
instigate a claim against AKSA's insurer!
So called "grab leashes" do not count as a real working kite leash. The
minimum standard will be kite permanently attached to rider with a secondary
release in case the kite must be released to save the life of the rider.
If you want to do handle passes, do it in very isolated areas or go
wakeboarding behind a boat!!
Without this action there is no future for this sport. Please forward this
message to everyone you know, including any manufacturers.
Australian Kite Surfing Association
Message: 7 (from Yahoo Kitesurf international newsgroup)
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 11:42:06 -0000
From: "edwardahaynes" <edwardahaynes@...>
Subject: Re: Hole in bladder
The hole is the size of a quarter right next to the sealed section of
the bladder tip. I tried to put a bike patch on it, but the glue did
not hold. So I ended up using the clear patch tape that came with the
kite. It holds for now, but I have a new bladder on the way. I have
rarely crashed the kite, so I am not sure what it is from. I must
have slammed the kite down at some point and not remember it.
I'll start wearing a leash when people stop using the chicken loop. I
have lost my kite once in the last 2 years of kiting. Individuals
often emmulate the professionals in their respective sport. The lack
of leash usage is rampant through out the sport. Kiting pros dont
wear leashes which sends the message that they are not neccesary.
Manufacturers create bars that are not equipped for leashes (airush)
which contributes to the message. If leashes were such a necessity,
then why are they not so widely used? When you kite with your crew,
every one looks out for each other. One of the things you look out
for are lost kites.
I used a leash when I started. I flew F-One foils. The only times I
needed the leash, it failed. One incident, the leash broke as soon as
the bar left my hands (Dakine wrist leash, plastic part broke). The
other time, the velcro came undone. So I dont put my safety in the
hands of the manufacturers. I hold onto the bar and never let go.
This is the one sure way to not lose your kite.