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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.


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post Jul 15 2007, 01:39 PM
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As a spectator just in from a 3+ hour session, I noticed that once the sea turtle was in place the kiters were on it like bees to a hive, myself included trying to get in on having one of my lame attempts at jumping recorded on film. I think all blame should be left alone and lets all use this as a lesson that as distractions come up when out on the water , we should be really focused on surroundings and safety. Aside from that incident there were alot of other close calls even though there were only like eight or nine kites on the water at peak. There have literally been days at metro where there have been 18-20 kites on the water without incident. I really feel for the people involved and I'm thankful that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Broken lines and bruised egos are not all that bad considering....which brings me to the next thing, Metro is fast becoming(or already is !) the only legal access site that we have stateside to st. claire and if we're not careful could face undesirable consequences. I know Fellowcountryman and Kyle had started the ball rolling but I would like to suggest in addition to establishing basic rules for kiting at Metro, that we collectively approach the park and ask that we post these rules onto a sign that everyone can read at or near our launch site. I'm sure that the park would even provide the signage if they saw how strongly we ALL feel about this. That is my rant! :evil: Marcus
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