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post Sep 18 2005, 01:25 PM
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I have not seen many locals using a board leash. I am new and if I could keep my board next to me when re-launching and after I dump, I would get much more time on the water. I find myself chasing my board and in some instances it ends up on land while I attempt to re-launch. When this occurs I land/crash the kite to go get the board, which causes my lines get twisted. See where most of my time is spent! :x

I know these problems are just a learning curve and will go away with time on the water and getting familiar with my equipment. If I didn't fall, I would not lose my board. I am not a real patient person and I spend so much time chasing my board it is frustrating. I am sure not many use the leash to avoid getting clocked by the board when you fall. I am not real keen on wearing a helmet because chicks don’t dig it! :wink:

If it is not safe to use the leash 100% of the time, what about just when I am walking out and after I fall attaching it?

My concern of just using it for the above question is where should I attach the leash when I am riding?

Any recommendations from you seasoned veterans?
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post Sep 18 2005, 08:30 PM
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QUOTE(Turtle)
If it is not safe to use the leash 100% of the time, what about just when I am walking out and after I fall attaching it?

My concern of just using it for the above question is where should I attach the leash when I am riding?

Any recommendations from you seasoned veterans?


In general, don't use a leash. If you want to buy a leash when you're trying to get your kite in the air and you don't want your board to float off, buy a Reel leash. http://www.oceanustech.com/ It stays on the back of your harness. Hook up your board before starting the processs of water relaunching. Normally, I don't have it hooked up to your board without a helmet and don't ride with it connected to your board all of the time. I still have mine on my harness for the occasional use. One of the local shops may stock it.
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post Sep 18 2005, 10:08 PM
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Turtle ... Body dragging is an important skill that cannot be overlooked. Forget the leash and spend some time in the water body dragging the skills you will learn while practicing this will help in the long run. Once you figure it out you will be amazed on how easy it is.

I paid some dues by not spending enough time body dragging in the beginning and it almost cost me a board. I got lucky and it only cost me a couple of beers to a jet skier. I quickly forced myself to learn how to body drag up wind.

If you do decide to use a leash I suggest only using it while setting up or relaunching and in that case both Kyle and Bryan have what you need.

Tom
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post Sep 19 2005, 10:13 AM
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Thanks guys, I think I should spend more time body dragging. That impatient trait I have wants me to be able to be on the board going up/down wind before the end of the water season.

I did check out that leash product, pretty slick. I think I will probably pick up one of these.

Turtle Out!
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post Oct 16 2005, 10:32 AM
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Turtle, something tmight help you out is if you pick up a leash that you can just wear on your harness. I have a spinning leash that, if I am trying to launch my kite or relaunch, I can slide the leash through the footstrap and then the board will stay with me until I am ready. I would not recommend attaching yourself to the board during riding though. It is nice to leave the board behind(way behind sometimes) you will learn the art of getting back to your board really quick if you practice where it is shallow.
hope this helps
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post Jul 6 2006, 10:17 PM
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Use a leash for sure if you have a kite that doesn't relaunch well...!!! It may save some money.

I have the 17 Contra and was out on the water for the first time with it and have come to realize that if the wind is not strong enough then you won't be able to relaunch until either a gust comes by or the wind picks up... It will just keep pulling you and your board??? Well, I am out $800 from the 4th of July because it happened... This has never happened in the 5 years I have kited. Never used a leash and now... Well the $800 convinced me to get a reel leash. One time loss and I woke up. Beginners luck :-)
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post Jul 26 2006, 08:07 PM
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bestkiter don't feel so bad, I lost my $800 board as well. I was riding for many hours, pooped and winded in deep water and overpowered bodydragging back to my board was not an option. Between staying away from shore and swimmers I now preffer not to go out to far into deep waters for those reasons. Two adjustments I made instead of a leash are a lifejacket incase I have to dump the kite and swim after my board, and bicycle tubing for heel straps to keep the board on my feet. I hope our losses helps future riders avoid the pain of losing their $800 board. P.S If you see somebody far away from their board, and your skill is there try and help them out. People have done it for me and I will continue to do it for others.
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post Aug 2 2006, 01:49 AM
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bestkiter don't feel so bad, I lost my $800 board as well. I was riding for many hours, pooped and winded in deep water and overpowered bodydragging back to my board was not an option. Between staying away from shore and swimmers I now preffer not to go out to far into deep waters for those reasons. Two adjustments I made instead of a leash are a lifejacket incase I have to dump the kite and swim after my board, and bicycle tubing for heel straps to keep the board on my feet. I hope our losses helps future riders avoid the pain of losing their $800 board. P.S If you see somebody far away from their board, and your skill is there try and help them out. People have done it for me and I will continue to do it for others.


Hey Robbi Duck... Thanks for the tip with the tires... Cool idea. I just saw the bandaid repairs for wakeboard bindings and that is what they used... I am also looking for a lifejacket but can't find a good one.

The biggest tip to help not lose a board is...

DO NOT BUY A BLACK BOARD WITH BLACK BINDINGS ! ! !

They are not easy to find in darker water and little waves :-(

Greetings from Germany. Will be in California next week tongue.gif
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post Aug 2 2006, 07:56 AM
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The reel leash is cool becaues you can ride with it disconnected and its out of the way and hook it up when needed.

I have one and thats how I use it. When it looks like I'm going to need it I hook it up. Or when I crashed I would hook up my board then relaunch the kite.

Its also great for when you have to tow in someone elses board. its much easier to tow one that to ride carying it.

A reel leash can be a safety device and doesn't fall under the absolutly no leashes party line. Surf leashes are the ones to avoid.

- DC

Also you can improve the saftey of your leash rig by adding a weak link to the setup that will break and prevent the board from being dangerous.


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