JS wrote:Here is a good, quick alternative to wrapping up your lines, as suggested by CG:
Attach your chicken loop or bar to your board, and then pull yourself along one of the kite lines until you reach the kite. In this fashion, it's easy to prevent tangles and avoid getting yourself wrapped up.
Then you can deal with your kite and swim to shore, while your lines, bar and board trail neatly behind you. This works well, regardless of whether you deflate and roll up the kite, or self-rescue with the kite still inflated.
If the wind comes up again, and you haven't deflated the kite, you stand a pretty good chance of retrieving your bar and relaunching your kite.
In high or gusty wind, placing a wrap (or even 2 wraps) of the one tensioned line around the harness hook can be particularly useful in relieving the pressure of the tensioned line on your fingers. The kiter, with one hand, can pull the kite to the kiter, by pulling the line (coming from the kite), towards the hook, and at the same time, the kiter can use the other hand to pull the loose line away from the hook, pushing the loose line away from the kiter's body. Using this method of belaying in the kite, if the kite powers up or violently flips over, the harness hook takes the strain, rather than the kiters more delicate fingers.clydesdale wrote:agree w/ js's method. i essentially attach board to chicken loop, then put the lines under my harness hook and belay the bar/board downwind and the kite to me then self-rescue.
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