flysurfer had a well working quick-release system before anyone heard the name 'takoon'
also, the 2nd version of the 2001 aiblast-bar had a quickrelease @the loop and one @ the leash.
there definately are approaches to safer kiteboarding.
everyone of us knows how a leash is attached to his kite.
for those who don't know:
this shackle is the one that works:<br>
the website is:
<a href="http://www.wichard-usa.com/Catalog/HR_Snap_Shackles.htm">Wichard Shackles</a>
i'll take a pic of my (newest) configuration and post it later.