Thanks for the link - I bore out the hole today on the unibar to make the depower happen sooner. However, I suspect that the bar did pass through a steering line (though to know when you've let go of the bar in the first place in the middle of the unfolding chaos).
PVITfrumBYRAM wrote:Thankfully you did right not your safety system. Had your leash functioned right but been backwards as I see occasionally, you would be severely injured or worse. You may have lost a kite and board but you are ok. You work well as a safety system. Recognized something wasn't right with the kite so you were on guard, activated the primary, bad situation and quick thinking to ditch the mess all together.
Was your leash attached to your harness in front of you on your spreader bar or on your handle pass area or perhaps a d-ring on the side. It might be helpful for others reading to gain insight on the dragging. If it was on your handlepass area, clearly it was reachable otherwise injury would have happened. Was it easily reachable or did you learn enough to know where it was and could get to it without too much trouble?
I've had the leash on the handle pass area as that's what all my instructors did (and as I'd never really known differently). I wasn't getting dragged backwards as when I fell I was facing the kite, and the leash had moved to the side of the handle pass area. I also wear a PDF. I can see how this setup could be catastrophic, especially once you start on handle passes. Just now I've looked at some videos of alternate leash attachment points at http://vimeo.com/48361608
, and I think I'd like to attach to the metal fastener on the side of the spreader bar. Any disadvantages to doing so?
I also lost my board
hoping someone in Squamish finds it.
EDIT: I just noticed there's another QR on the liquid force luxury harness to release the handle pass altogether. Mind you, it's not so prominent and I'm not sure I'd be able to find it in a panic...