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KyleK
post Jul 10 2007, 11:06 PM
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Had a kite wrap up today in some high winds. Turned out okay. These things dont happen often but you've really got to always be ready to instinctively react when they do.

When two (or more?) kites wrap you should prepare yourself to release via chicken loop quick release.
A. If the kites stay airborn for a bit holler to the other kiter "release your kite" if you are able as they might freeze and not react, if you can avoid it you dont just want to let your rig go and have the other guy hooked up to two powered and uncontrolable kites.
B. If the kites wrap and immediately start looping powered use your safety release and let it go.
C. If you release your kite to the leash line and the other kite is still pulling you be prepared to use your secondary leash release to let the whole thing go.

If you're not sure where your quick release or secondary leash release are ask your retailer. If your rig does not have these features get a new rig.

And consistently use your releases, if its on land with the kite not attached or at the end of a session. The more you do it, the more muscle memory and instinct you'll have and the better prepared you'll be to handle an emergency.

KK


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Turtle_merged
post Jul 12 2007, 03:51 PM
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I have to say, I ride a lot and have not pulled the releases on my new kites yet. I saw the tangle that Kyle was in and it could have been a real bad situation. Thankfully only some gear got trashed and both are OK.

Another real situation that can occur is being dragged by a boat or Jet Ski. Boaters and even more so jet skiers do not realize the length of the lines and can/have run over them. I was sucked into a Jet Ski impeller my first year kiting and luckily the driver cut the engine about 2 feet before my face got smashed into the back of it.

I plan on pulling and re-setting all my safety systems the next time I am on each of my kites. I hope everyone does the same.

Everyone should have a leash that has a release on one end. If you have an older kite your leash may not have this option. The release end should be attached closest to your body/harness not on the kite end. If it is attached wrong you won't be able to reach it if you are being dragged.

I guess I should check and see if my line knife is in my harness while I am at it.

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