bragnouff wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:00 am
When someone is struggling with his kite in the drink, doing a deep water pack down, and his board drifting downwind much faster than him, (assuming you care) how would you retrieve his board?
I got confronted to that situation yesterday on a Side shore wind with a tiny bit of onshore on it. Board about 300m away from the shore, would have ended probably 2 or 3km down the beach.
After riding nearby for a while to keep it in sight and assessing his situation (struggle relaunching/ definitely won't relaunch/ pack down & swim), I went back up/square-ish to the wind to the shore, left my own foil on the beach, body dragged out downwind to his board, and rode it back to where my board was, for a happy reunion.
Not really sure you could retrieve it like you would retrieve a twin tip, it's heavier, bit more leverage underarm due to the foil, awkward appendix, didn't seem like a good idea.
Not sure you could tow it either, first because there's nowhere to hook a leash, and also because I assume it would go berserk on the tow.
All this made a bit more complicated due to the fact that wind was light, not much luxury in parking the kite in the air while messing around anything.
What would you do?
I think you did the best thing as it was sideshore and not that far out so you could put your own board on the beach.
We often experience something like that, but further out (as otherwise no need to help) and not in sideshore as we avoid these winds usually.
The kite goes down, and the board is dolphining away downwind from the rider.
If my friends board is relatively close downwind, I ditch my own board a bit to the side of him/her, loop down to his/hers board and either sail or boarddrag it up back.
A much better and safer way though, is to give your board to your friend to sit on, while you loop down to the runaway board and get it back.
This way you both will have flotation no matter what happens, and you dont risk one of the boards end up ruined on rocks when dolphining ashore by itself.
Even if the wind stops fully, you both have boards to sit on and can take care of when reaching the shoreline.
And usually you end up having your own boards both of you, he/she can drift safely ashore steering the course with the kite LE down pulling one rear line, and by pointing the mast (it gives an amazing control over where you will end up), while you can ride again yourself, maybe even back to shore and run down to help if a risky shoreline he/she is drifting into