I'm usually able to see retrospectively what could have I done better after my kiting troubles. But this incident I can't see too much. Maybe folks here can give some advice.
Downwinder, fairly powered on a 9m.
I was getting quite far from shore actually to signal my buddy that we should ride closer to shore. Anything happens so far out it's quite a pain to get back on land.
Obviously it was just when I felt something weird happening on my bar. Bar pressure suddenly eased a bit for a moment.
I knew something is off but I wasn't sure what so I tried to keep my kite in the air. It started looping then it crashed. I tried to relaunch a couple of times but it resulted more looping. It kept looping while it was down so I ejected and started to self rescue.
I got to my bar and started to wrap the lines but the kite started to loop again pulling me a lot. I remembered one of the YouTube videos on how to stop looping but I couldn't reach any single line as the lines were already twisted all the way up far. The pull from the looping was so strong I had no chance wrapping up more and reaching the kite.
I accepted that I will be dragged to shore (2+ kms) by a looping kite. I layed on my board, even edged a bit to get to shore sooner (side on shore wind)
On the bright side it was much faster than sailing by laying on the kite
)) I think it looped a couple of hundred times.
The scary part was when reached shore and the kite was still looping crazy. Fortunately a kiter was on the deserted beach just there. She tried to catch my weaponized kite. That was the moment I almost ejected the leash, I was so worried of injuring her. Luckily she was able to grab the kite after a few attempts.
After catching breath I found that one of bridle lines snapped. And it seems the bar stuck before completely reaching the depower position after QR activation I am guessing because the lines were already twisted a lot when I ejected.
Miraculously the kite survived (this Airush DNA is a tank) and I kept my board too. It took ages to untangle the lines.
I can only think of two lessons learned but I feel they couldn't stop this happening.
1. Eject sooner if the kite looping (?) UPDATE: actually it might be wiser to stop the looping before ejecting while still can reach the steering lines
2. Don't go too far from shore
3. UPDATE: release the safety leash and let the kite go if failed to stop the looping. At least when it already pulled me close to shore. It is much less dangerous when not loaded. It would have likely just collapsed by the waves or stopped by an object on the beach
Bridle lines had no visible wear btw, that I check regularly.
Advice is welcome.
How to handle when bar stuck before reaching full depower position?
Is there a way to stop the looping even when you can't reach a single line?
What to do when kite is looping on the beach ?