gonewiththewind wrote:Most self-rescue techniques seem to be written with a classic single-line flagging safety in mind. What about a newer bow or hybrid-style leash setup, where an ejected kite is 90% depowered, but not flagged and still basically connected to all four lines via a leash that connects to the chicken loop or connects to a below-the-chicken-loop depower line (Naish, Ocean Rodeo). Can you leash your board to the chicken loop in this setup, and safely walk up one of the lines to get to the 90% depowered kite? Or do you need to grab the optional center-line safety instead and totally flag the kite before walking up that particular line to the kite?
On a bridled kite you need to go up one front line and take your board with you. If you leave the board at the bar it will dolphin and drag when you are trying to drag in.
Re winding up lines,,,,,,,,,,,it is very difficult to do in windy conditions or choppy water and you have a much higher chance of getting wrapped.
To wind up lines in wind you have to pull 10m of front line through the bar to flag the kite, then wind on the 10m first then the other lines.
When I was learning to kite I tried winding up lines once with a reride bar as above and the kite relaunched and as the leash line pulled through the bar it wrapped my arm and compound fractured my finger.
It is much safer to simply pull yourself down one front with out kicking your legs.
If the wind has died it might be worth wrapping the lines,,,,,,,,but if the wind has gone offshore or you have brocken something I wouldn't wind up the lines.