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When things go bad!

Postby Foil » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:09 pm

Following on from a thread a month or so back I have just bought myself these miniature rocket flares, they are the same ones I have used before only this time they are available in a handy little compact trigger and tube arrangement which is half the size of my mobile phone and fits neatly under my wetsuit attached by a lanyard around my neck, its water proof but I rince it after a session.
The three cartridges fire off with a shotgun bang, fly up too 150 ft and burn bright red at 10,000 candela,

Over 40 years I have carried this style of flare with me when out at sea on a windsurfer and then kite board,
Over this period I have used them on 6 occasions, 2 for my rescue and 4 times for others who have been in need of rescue,
on all occasions the loud bang emitted when firing off one of the flares has been enough to make my wife look out to sea to see if it is me setting off a flare, as I allways send up 3 flares around 30 seconds apart this has worked very well,
for safety my wife allways carries a set of high powered binoculars and her phone with her.
The chances of getting into trouble on a foil board are higher than with any other watersport I have done, so these little life savers will be with me when I hit the water.
They work well, frightens the crap out of you when you operate the trigger.

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Re: When things go bad!

Postby tautologies » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:56 pm

This is good stuff and should be an important part of many kiters kit.

So a buddy of mine makes these:

There is a small version I think can be a great addition to the kit.

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