On 2002-11-03 23:09, Mr Jo Macdonald wrote:
If you want to use a normal hook wouldn't it be easier to exert your strength by pulling down on the trim so the depower fell out of the hook then let go instead of pushing down on the depower loop?
I still think the prolimit is safer though, only drawback it has is it don't turn, but it wouldn't be easy to hook in or out of a hook that turned.
Basically like this I can hook out by pulling the bar down, ok kite will be full power but I can lift my weight, or I can release the hook.
I windsufered for years and I did some pretty powered moves while hooked in but anytime I was in doubt or in a sticky situation or trying anything new I was unhooked and ready to let go, what i ask myself is this, if I wouldn't hook myself to a windsurf sail why should I attach myself to a traction kite even semi-permanently? A traction kite is way more dangerous than a windsurfing sail.
Kiting, I wanna be able to kook out if I want/have to.
Yeah Jo, maybe you are right about it being easier or a better use of my strength, but I wasn't thinking, I was reacting. Right now I am thinking about how I reacted and translating that into words on your screen. Maybe if I had time to think about it at the time it was happening I would have acted a bit differ, I dunno. What's really important to me at this point is that my reflexes were accurate enough to get me out of the shit, and pretty damn quick at that!
I am agreeing with you more and more...the QR spreader bar seems to be the way to go. I may even start using one as a backup for the inline one on the chicken loop.
Although I have never windsurfed, I agree with you 100% about being able to kook out when you want. That's the main basis of our crusade too isn't it? I will NEVER shackle in. And I practice using the BEST QR we have too. Antyime I feel danger is approaching, I will totally unhook and hold the bar just in my hands. NO QR will ever outperform your HANDS as a QR.