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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:37 pm 
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This is part of an old post at the start of this thread. I reposted part of it here because you can now easily go to the KSI to read the accounts through the listed URLs. Leash use is all about choice.

Convenience and laziness were the main reasons I continued to use a leash after I started to hear about guys being injured several years ago. Eventually the repeated stories about easily avoided injuries and the simplicity of body dragging helped me to ditch the leash. I used a fixed leash in those days. Today, I sometimes wear a reel leash for "temporary" use during kite relaunching when I need both hands free. When I am ready to watestart, the leash comes off the board.

Here is some more information to think over.

RickI wrote:

Some of these board leash related accidents and incidents are in the KSI such as:

http://www.fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=225
67. Cut throat and smashed teeth,
66. Likely involvement in a fatality,
49. Head injury,
46. Possible involvement in fatality, we will never likely know for certain,
31. Lacerated leg,
26. Head gash using a reel leash,
24. Head gash and skull fracture THROUGH a helmet,

http://www.fksa.org/viewtopic.php?t=224
17. Caused inadvertant lofting,


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There are quite a few other accident and incident stories in a related thread at ikitesurf.com at:

http://www.iwindsurf.com/threadForum.iw ... startrow=1


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fokiten wrote:
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I think the leash is good practise in light air, the board is handy to have and can help you re-launch.

There have been times I'm sure I could not have re-launched without my board to use as a platform to finesse my big ass kite to fly.
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I've never heard of this. How does this board assisted relaunch work?

Thanks - todd


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:30 pm 
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I think the leash is good practise in light air, the board is handy to have and can help you re-launch.

There have been times I'm sure I could not have re-launched without my board to use as a platform to finesse my big ass kite to fly.
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I've never heard of this. How does this board assisted relaunch work?

Thanks - todd


Well,

On my biggest kites I have a re-launch system, I can put the board on and brace against it to power up the system and so lift the kite off its leading edge,,,This is in air too light to swim flip it,, It's a thing that has saved me more than once....

PS. in good wind you can just lay on the board and your increased drag speed alone will flip it. 8)

You'll have to pay for more secrets :wink:

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solution...I tie the leash around my johnson :smash: :smash: :smash: and my board has never come off my feet since.

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I stopped using my NSI Reel Leash after my Slingshot SX141 came back at me at a great rate of knots. I jumped, got it wrong and kicked the board off on the way down. It got to the water and got to the end of the leash just before I hit the water. The resulting force of me still travelling but the leash being fully extended managed to yank the board back towards me, just missing my head and going through my lines above the bar. The board landed ~5 feet in front of me, so it travelled 15 feet before it stopped. Took the leash off that day and never used it again.


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 Post subject: Re: Another reel leash injury
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A lot of folks provided input on this subject years ago. It was raised again recently at:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2345946

I wonder what other issues have come up in the last four to five years since this thread was up?


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 Post subject: Re: Another reel leash injury
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Hey Toyletbowl,

I tried that method and a guy called from the Outer Banks and said he saw my board. I was kite off the coast of GA.

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 Post subject: Re: Another reel leash injury
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I always use a reel leash.
For me it has been a life saver and board saver too.
Body dragging over bare reef when you have lost your board to the wave is not an option for anyone.
My reel leash has stood me by many times for this.
So you have to know when and how to use one to get the full benefit of it.
i don't believe in writing it off fully because of this, If i did, I would probably end up not kiting at all .
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 Post subject: Re: Another reel leash injury
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Go to the hardware store and buy a pack of 50lb cable ties. Put about 6 or 8 either on the board or where you attach the leash to your harness. Connect the board to 2 cable ties to break the "fuse" in a moderate wipeout, and 3 will work for a fairly severe wipeout. Even if they do break the board is typically closer than it would be without the ties.

The extras are to reconnect to after you lose the first ones. I also use a kite leash between the board and the leash to help absorb energy and lengthen the leash. I only use in cold water but I've never had an issue.


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