I guess nobady ever taught you how to self rescue.
Just kidding, I only say that because I have yet to figure out when when wrapping your shit up in a little ball would be helpful...
Over and above that, you might consider buying a CO2 actuated safety float gismo...
Perfect item for this sort of fatigue thing...
No boats, no way to swim it against the wind, tierd? so so f-en tired...
time to pull the handle and get some instant flotation...
As an added bonus the handle as our name right on it...
It says, JERK
Toby wrote:I just wanted to share a little story, which happened to me lately, and which was pretty scary for me.
I was in Portugal for the PKRA course race event. Alvor has sideoffshore wind and the water had about 16Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°C. I only had a body and a long sleeve neoprene top.
We had some races and then I went for jumping, and suddenly my harness opened on one side. I dropped my kite, and tried to get it back on, but no luck. Got the kite up again and rode to the beach. Just before the beach where I was able to stand, I dropped my kite again and put the harness back on. Now I tried to relaunch my kite, but due to a leak the front tube wasn't stiff enough, so I couldn't relaunch, but get dragged away from the beach.
So I let go of the bar releasing to the 5th line and wanted to swim back to shore...I was about 60m (180 foot) away from the beach.
After swimming for about 1 min I felt my power going down quickly...and then the kite started to pull harder so I didn't move towards the beach anymore. I lost all my power and thought I'm going to drown, so my only chance was getting to the kite and laying on the fronttube. So I pulled myself on one line to the kite and lay on it.
I knew there was the judge boat out, so I knew I will get back to the beach.
- only go out in offshore winds if there is rescue watching you.
- if you feel you loose power quickly, get back to the kite and lay on it
- in general I would recommend to get to your kite, and swim back in laying on it, this way you will save a lot of energy
- if you are bad at relaunching, don't even go out in offshore winds
- if no one is around, think about your life and not your gear...just released it and let it go