Hey,John Holzhall wrote:Glad to hear that Shannon is OK...that is a long way to fall for a well fed guy. I would also say he is one of only a few guys who have the presents of mind to unhook while under exteme pressure...most people end up pulling against the power, oversteering the kite and get life flighted away...with that said, here are a couple key points...
Mechanical Lift vs lofting
4 gears to the four line
depower, water or beach?
Lofting occasionally happens ie water spouts, dust devil ect...mechanical lift is a constant which happens for a reason...as wind hits land, buildings, mountains, it rises...it may infact rise at a rate greater than our drop rate. If you bring your kite up into rising wind, you may be going up, not down.
There will be a substantial power increase as you go from the trim loop to unhooked...especially in strong wind (4 gears to the four line)
In pressure situations, there is no advantage in going to shore to depower...depower in the water...fewer hard objects and people, but of course you need a safety system when depowering....weather is a big part of kiteboarding...for real answers to safe riding check out Secrets of Kiteboarding the DVD and Book...dealers welcome. http://www.kiteboardcenter.com
Shannon was able to unhook however not everyone has been able to including myself some years back as detailed above. He also had one to two dedicated quick releases in line with his chickenloop on his Best control bar.toddjb123 wrote:What kind of safety equipment could have helped at that last moment when Shannon was attempting to unhook?
The new Slingshot Surefire Spreader bar comes to mind. No, in no way affiliated w/ SS, don't even own a kite yet! Just wondering if this system would release under load?? - can't tell from the pictures.
Again, I'm sure he had other safety mechanisms to release the kite but of course didn't expect to be lofted...
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