dereck wrote: My question, is there an advantege in going to a waist harness? Why is everybody using one?
.... I even see pros coming out of the water with the harness high up on their body and the hook twisted off to the side...
The point of the waist harness is that you have your legs free, and this is a great advantage.
As for the twisted hook on the side, it is really nice to let your waist harness quite loose so that it can turn and give you a really comfortable feel when riding TOESIDE or blind. Even if you have sometimes to re-adjust it or lower it when riding, this is quite natural.
As far as I'm concerned, I always used a waist harness for kitesurfing, until late... when I broke a rib and couldn't use anymore a waist harness that would have made the things worse. But I've now real troubles to ride toeside for a long time with my new seat harness, and do not feel as comfortable, even if I really think I can handle bigger power with the seat harness. Just a question of habit, for sure... but annoying.
Anyway, the waist harness I had was the Pro Limit Felix Pro model, that is really big and comfortable and doesn't hurt your back. Very solid, It has a inner belt, and doesn't go up too much unless you are shaped like a bottle I guess... On the other side, it is sooooo heavy when wet!
Heard some good things about the Takoon too but never tried it.