5. other: Placed my line cutter between my teeth (preparing for the worst). After that I would have slowly swum backwards away from the kite, trying to keep away from lines, until the lines were under tension again. While swimming I would have used big slow breaststroke kicks only (no arm movement at all), to reduce the risk of getting a line wrapped around a limb, and I would have done it on my back so that I could keep an eye on the kite and so that I could keep at least one hand above the surface of the water at all times. A dolphin kick with your feet together would probably be even better than slow breaststroke kicks at preventing lines from getting caught around your feet, but I find it hard to maintain good flotation with that kick.keithspark wrote:whilst bobing alongside the kite (the calm before the storm) would you :
1. have pulled the safety?
2. pull safety and release kite completely?
3. swim towards the kite, hoping to reach it before it re-launches and then self rescue?
4. swim directly away from the kite (and lines)?
5. other ?
This is good advise for flagging your kite.edt wrote:Instead of releasing tension on all lines except for one, you can also flag out the kite by pulling in only one line until it is the only line with tension. This method is good to remember when your spreader bar hook gets wrapped with lines and you can't throw the quick release or your leg gets wrapped or in your case, the lines are all over the place in the water. Pull in 10 meters worth of line and the kite will flag. After the kite has flagged out, you should find it easy to continue pulling in that line until you reach the kite, and can swim in, or sort it out while the kite is flagged this way and keep riding.
I know it's not always possible to pull in this much line especially if the kite is already deathlooping, but there are still a lot of situations where it's useful, like your case. And of course be careful when pulling in this much line.
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