Just been thinking about this again as there was a old topic raised yet again about the slow return reel leashes,
as normal the posts are filled with comments from the usual bigots who love to bash them.
anyways this is not about any type of leash.
its about how the hell do you get your head around the rare time you come across a foil board drifting out at sea, and you are yourself riding high and dry on your own foil board?
I can remember 3 times in the last 2 years this has happened to me, the first time I was carrying a small 6ft line on my harness both ends with clips, it enabled me to drop in on the drifting foil board and with one hand undo one end of the line clip and loop it around the footstrap of the lost board, the other end was already clipped to a ring point on my seat harness,
then with my one free hand firmly holding my own foil board by the front foot strap, I could slowly body drag to shore,
it was not too far, but took flipping ages as speed was impossible, but it works, and the owner who had a downed kite was happy to not see their board drift away on the tide.
the other two foil board recoveries many months later on a different beach were on the same day for the same owner,
yes he was a complete novice, and his first time being able to hold a foil board up for any decent distance,
but each time this ended in a wipe out and kite down, and twice he lost his board from line of sight, and he ended up body dragging the wrong way,
he gave up looking and bodydraged back to shore so I went to collect his board, and by accident I found the best way to easily recover a drifting foil board,
On this occasion I had a much longer reel line attached to my harness, and tried attaching one end around the front foot strap and then just slowly and carefully getting up on my own foil board going as slow as possible, but to my surprise i did not need to go slowly as the other foil just flipped over on its side and followed on behind me with its wings tracking nicely through the water, no drama and virtually no drag on me, magic!
returned board to delighted owner who set off again out to sea, too fast and very wobbly and finally wiped out hard again, and again he started off body dragging in the wrong direction looking for his board, and again he gave up and darted back for shore, and off I went again, repeating the first tow back to shore, perfect recovery.
but if you have no line with you, how the hell do you go about getting two foil boards back to shore?
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