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post Dec 30 2004, 01:55 PM
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On snow or on water the most important skill to master in kiting is being able to activate your quick release when things get dodgy. New kiters should practice their QR repeatedly before ever going out, the idea is to commit this action to muscle memory. When things go bad it can happen very fast, you do not want to think about letting go - you want it to be a reflex.

On a few occasions this past year I have come across newbies concerned about heading out in given conditions. After evaluating kite size, wind velocity, etc.., my ultimate reply is "are you comfortable using your quick release"? A few have had no idea how to use it.

Awareness and forethought as to when you might need to release is also very important. Sudden Weather changes or downwind obstacles should have you thinking about letting go well before you might need to. Limit your exposure to bad situations.

Get it dialed. Being able to let your kite go is the key to this variable and powerful sport of ours. Master a few safety fundamentals and its all Gravy.
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KyleK   Quick Release -   Dec 30 2004, 01:55 PM
Steve Martin   Good information. Scary to think that some newbie...   Dec 31 2004, 01:11 PM
KyleK   still got it   Mar 26 2006, 09:28 PM

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