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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 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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