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Postby gideonlow » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:14 am

Windrider wrote:They sell the hook knife separately, and it is made to connect on the front by the spreader bar. As it was explained to me, this is to make it more available if you need it. Having it stuck way around back was difficult to reach in time of dire need.
Say what???? Like many of us (I'm pretty sure) I can whip the hook knife out of a Da Kine back pocket faster than a gunslinger and without the slightest "difficulty". Bad move on their part if you ask me . . . it would have been better to keep that option if only for your backup hook knife.

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Postby Jurriaan » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:58 pm

Any pics on how to attache the knife to the spreader bar?

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Postby Windrider » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:45 pm

Jurriaan wrote:Any pics on how to attache the knife to the spreader bar?
Yo! Dakine reps? Resellers? We hava a call for pictures! I'm just a guy who went to a store, noticed the new Fusion harnesses, and asked about the missing knife....

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Postby afflatus » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:23 pm

What with the unanimous opinion that a knife is essential gear, and the recognition that handling lines is a very risky thing to do....

I'm wondering why any one is instructed to engage in this risky behavior.

Anyone out there know why they teach rookies to get involved in their lines?

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Postby Wibbler » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:59 am

afflatus wrote:Anyone out there know why they teach rookies to get involved in their lines?
Prolly cos u dont want to send your kite/lines downwind for an innocent to deal with...

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Postby Darktanyan » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:16 am

It's best to control the kite with the bar.

If the kite goes down in light wind, pull the safety, play out the safety line (bar floats downwind). Then reel in the bar by the safety line. Disconnect the leash.

Wrap the safety line only around the bar. Now one line is shorter and the kite won't relaunch if the wind picks up - it's flagged out.

Then you wrap all the lines around the bar until you reach the kite.

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Postby afflatus » Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:23 am

The man says,

(It's better to control the kite with the bar.)

That's what I'm talking about, there's no advantage I can see in cluster-fuckin-up your lines...

What's up with this pack-down thing?

everyone talks like its the shiz-nit; the thinking man's power move?

You got to be kidding me???

sorry, just not getting it..


Why would you do this pack-down thing?


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Postby docuk » Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:44 am

i think it depends how far out to sea you are. If ur far out then swimming in is not an option - ur gonna need both floatation and wind assistance to get in - hence the above method.

Personally, if ur within swimming distance of shore, then releasing your bar and swimming well to the side with the leashed line until u get to the shallows seems to me to be the quickest, easiest ans simplest option.

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Postby afflatus » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:41 pm

Thanks,

I guess it's fair to say this pack down thing will be the last thing you do, as it's game over for you as a kite surfer....

Still cannot understand why anyone would completely extinguish their options....

I guess the wisdom of pack down will remain a mystery to me...

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Postby gideonlow » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:05 pm

afflatus wrote:Thanks,

I guess it's fair to say this pack down thing will be the last thing you do, as it's game over for you as a kite surfer....

Still cannot understand why anyone would completely extinguish their options....

I guess the wisdom of pack down will remain a mystery to me...

Thanks again
Breakdown . . . . when it's game over anyway. The skill to safely wrap your lines around your bar assures that thereafter they aren't a safety hazard when you use the kite as a raft/sail to get back to land.


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