Depends on so many things. There are a couple of kite schools nearby so there are regularly beginners needing rescue here. Boards are pretty easy, especially tt. Surfboards are not much more of a problem, still pretty easy and safe to do. People, you do what you have to to get them in, regardless. Kites depend on the wind and water to be doable and safe.
When you show up, first talk to them from a short distance away to be sure they are ok & not panicked or injured. Usually they are fine, just stuck and confused about what to do next. If onshore wind and not to far out, you can just let them drift in or teach them how to self rescue. Pretty much the best time to learn as they are motivated and if you stay with them and step-by-step it, it works fine. Release, wrap the safety line, etc. We mostly all here know the drill, I hope.
Sometimes, I’ll teach them to get them to the kite without kicking and have them rest on it and start wrapping the lines from there. If they seem comfortable with this, you can haul their board in while they wrap or go back after the rescue and get it, either way. If they can taco the kite and sail it in, great. You’ve helped them get in safely and taught them a valuable skill. Stay with them and praise them, like a good puppy, when they make it safely in. Reinforcement helps.
If they can’t taco it, you can drag them in fairly easily now that the lines are wrapped and less of a problem. All this depends on flattish water and decent wind. Doesn’t have to be steady but you can’t be way under or over powered.
In surf and 40 knots, good luck. You can’t do much unless they are willing to ditch the gear.
Which is what a lot of my friends advise right from the start no matter the situation. “I’ll bring you in but lose the gear. If not, you’re on your own.”
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