OzBungy wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:14 am
Philosophically I can't get past the idea that a system with a single point of failure has a fundamental design flaw.
OK I don't want to defend my design now but rather try to explain my idea behind it: First of all I have designed the Pintxo bar for my own needs. This is mostly hydrofoiling and surfing in waves with a surfboard. In these conditions my system has to be safe. 100% safe and comfortable.
But what means safe for me?
In that past years I have never used my normal quickrelease to activate the single frontline safety. Especially since I am riding with the Pintxo bar with a long bar throw this kind of quickrelease seems to be not really necessary for me, but exactly in the unexpected case it´s essential to have such a quickrelease and therefore the Pintxo bar system has such a push away quickrelease in orange colour to be very well visible. On the other hand what I have used many times so far is a quickrelease to get disconnected with one single action from the entire kite, the lines and the bar. This helps me to safe my body and quite often it has also saved my kite in bigger waves. So if I compare the different use of a quickrelease for me it´s more important to have a quickrelease to disconnect me from all my gear in one single action. I'm for sure not the only one to be happy to have such a system when someone else's kite gets caught in your own kite and starts to loop and you have no control on that kite any more. I have had this situation already personally and that inspired me to design the Pintxo bar system. With a normal chickenloop system you have to push away your quickrelease in such a situation first to activate the single frontline safety and after that you have to search for the quickrelease of your safety-leash to get finally disconnected from all. By doing that you could have been already hurt, because to activate two quickreleases at two different positions needs definitely more time than to activate only one single quickrelease and I think on this there is no room for any discussion. I have watched such situations already at some beaches with lots of kiteboarders out there. Especially at the waterfront that happens a lot and then it's even worse, because the beach and other obstacles are more dangerous than swimming in deep water. It just depends on what safety means for you personally.
Let's please just assume that the Wichard is 100% safe without any chance to have any single accidentally releasing so just to find out the pros and cons. What would you miss in such a system where you can get disconnected in one singe action? Would you miss a safety-leash for example which can tangle around your bar ends and makes the kite looping itself? Wouldn´t you be happy to get connected with your entire bar system just by closing a Wichard instead of first pushing the chickenloop on your harness hook and then unhook the carbiner of your safety-leash from the harness, untangle it and then hook in that carabiner to the ring near the quickrelease? In that action I have watched people sometimes doing a false assembly in stressed situations and then the entire safety system is NOT safe any more.
OK you might say now that the Wichard is not 100% safe, but have you ever had a session with the Wichard setup as we use them? Since we have modified the webbing release we can really say that it works well and safe now. Our customers are happy and they feel safe. To me the only problem at the Wichard is sometimes the availability in the quantities we need them. That could be the only reason for me to change anything in my setup. I am fully aware that there are kiteboarders which prefer a normal chickenloop with chickenstick and safety-leash, but that´s absolutely OK for me. When I take a look at our customers they are mostly not beginners and they know what they want. They were waiting exactly for such a system to purchase as they do not have the time or possibility to do it yourself. The Wichard in combination with our webbing release is really safe. My very close kitesurf buddies are all using the Wichard from very low wind hydrofoiling until 50 knots gale and huge waves. None of them has ever had any accidentally releasing. And do you really think I would let go my friends out in 50 knots with a system that is not 100% safe? For sure NOT!
I know that a different system always needs some time to present its benefits, but that´s life of a lateral thinker. I am sure that Greg from BRM has made the same experience like me when he had published his kites and his bar system which has by the way the same safety system like our Pintxo bar. Please believe me I am so happy with my very simple and clean system that I cannot imagine to go kitesurfing with something else and so do many others meanwhile.
I hope this helps you to understand my point of view about a safe bar system. If you feel more safe with another system you should definitely keep your system and I fully respect that. But I kindly ask you to stop saying that our system is not safe.
Thanks and stay healthy.