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Turtle_merged
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, 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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