Laughingman wrote: ↑Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:20 pmMatthmatth wrote: ↑Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:15 pmGlad to hear you are okay. I good knife is a must, having two, even better...EEZYCUTS are a great choice.
Talking to a friend who recently had a long swim in side off conditions I had a crazy idea. I said in offshore winds why not wear a backpack with some flippers you could use to get back much faster and with less effort?
There was a thread where this was discussed long ago. Someone here has experience with it and had recommendations on which fins to use as they were small and light weight.
I had the similar situation but I was in LaVentana so water was not so cold and I wrapped my lines so well that if the wind was to pick up I could easily have drift launched. Its important to make the call to self rescue when you have the energy to take the time to wrap the lines carefully. I typically just swim up a center line taking care to move around the to the outside of the lines and then wrap them once I have put my leash on the kite. If you haven't deep water self rescued lately... maybe practice on a no wind day just to remind yourself how hard it can be...
I also pulled my board over my leading edge of the kite with the mast vertical in the water. This seemed like the best way to keep it with me without having to always hang onto it... no matter what its not gonna be fun. glad you made it in.
Just an idea. Instead of swimming and kicking with feet could you pump the foil by sitting on board and pushing with hands/weight transfer, foilboard CPR . Similar how hf-wave surfers pump between waves. But this with submerged board and no fly on foil. Using the same idealogy how waves pump foilboard fast downwind.
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