I had to use my knife once in the water, so glad I had it. ...
Alexrider wrote: In which circumstances ? It would be interesting to know.
Was it a whale that got caught in the lines an dived, pulling you along?
I have used it twice now. Last time I was doing a self rescue when the wind shut off. In my local river tide going out and running out of beach. I took my leash off to tie my board to myself so I could roll up my kite and paddle in, well I went to grab the bar to roll the lines up and the bar had sank to the bottom of the river and got caught on a snag. On a 2010 airush bar. It was too deep down to swim and free it, I tried. I swam down 20 ft crawling down the lines but couldnt make it any further. So I decided to ditch the bar and finish swimming in, it was already dark and I was the only guy on the beach. Tide was ripping out so hard and so much resistance on the kite I couldn't get the lines taken off the kite. I had been in the water over 3 hours by now, tired and cold. I took my knife out and just cut the lines, freed the kite and went to the bar for some shots of whiskey to warm myself back up and mourn the loss of my brand new kite bar.
2nd time was more critical, was ocean riding, went for a jump loop transition and my bar snapped in half at peek of my kite loop. dropped me like a rock and somehow my foot got in a line when I fell. the kite broke 3 lines when the bar broke and it started spinning out of control. I ejected from leash but was still getting dragged through the waves by the kite line wrapped around my leg. I reached for my knife and cut myself free blind.
I don't know what would have happened if I didn't have a knife on me. It was dragging me under water alot!! maybe the kite would have eventually crashed freeing me or maybe not and it could have dragged me till I drowned. But all I know is I am extremely glad I keep up on my knife maintance.
Plus my kitemare expierences is a good way for me to drill home safety, safety, safety, to my students, always prepare for the worst!!! It can save your life. Don't get lazy, take the extra minute to be propared. It only takes a minute, make it a habit.