I was hooked to the saftey leash when the chicken loop came out, but tried to get the Psycho under control first. I was about to let go and let the leash work, when I got it under control... Good thing that I did too, as after landing her (assisted like an inflato) I noticed that the leash saftey system had come undone!! Thinking back, the last few seconds that I was draggin though shallow water, on the sand, on me tummy - I remeber the scraping of the harness hook - and becasue the leash was connected to the front of my harness, it came loose... another thing I must pay attention to - "Don't go dragging through the sand on your stomach young man"
By the way, Jo, I tried opening the center air valve before setting out the line as you suggested. Works like a charm!! Brilliant. By the time I was back at the kite, having laid out the lines ready for take off (about 2 minutes) it was almost completely inflated. Just closed it up, and launched.
Tried a side launch when the wind picked up to around 18, also works lovely. Just need to slowly bring the furthest tip from you up - the kite inflates, and brings more of herself up, inflates some more, untill she is fully inflated, and starts pushing the sand off the near tip, then rises slowly into the air. Nice.
While my memory is up and functioning (there is absolutely no wind today! So no distractions, except the occasional house chore - but this is a topic for another thread..