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Self Rescue should be practiced BEFORE you need it!Never deflate your kite unless absolutely necessary!ONE PUMP USERS: ALWAYS LOCK OFF YOUR STRUTS WHEN SETTING UP!C-Kites-
grab rescue handles inside wingtipsBow/Bridled kites-
grab TOP bridle where it connects to front lines
and lower wingtip area..Standard Method-
Wind at least one kite length (20-30â€™)on the bar to prevent relaunch, then wrap the rest of the lines until you reach the kite. Grab (what will be) your UPPER wingtip or bridle, and work your way to other wingtip by sliding leading edge under your arm with the other hand. Fill the sail with wind to pull yourself back to shore. Practice this on the beach, or in shallow water to find correct hand positioning-BEFORE YOU NEED IT! All kites have slight differences, practice this with each kite you own.Offshore/Upwind method-
that works well for "rescuing" in OFFSHORE winds, or going upwind for board retrieval, is to lay on leading edge of kite (wingtips in the air), with legs extended down center strut. You can easily overhand swim or "dog paddle" to your board, just don't do this in the waves!
From there you can swim to shore or use traditional self rescue techniques. Both methods should be known and practiced before you need them. RAFT Method-
A popped leading edge bladder will force you to roll your kite up into a "raft" and secure with leash, lines, harness, or whatever you have. You then lay on the "raft" and swim in, after you find your board of course.Board Retrieval
If you canâ€™t body drag upwind to your board, Drag back to the beach and walk upwind, keeping an eye on your board, then drag back out and get it. Make sure to have your name on all gear in case it is lost, and post lost items on your local forum.
Do not kite alone! Experienced kiters are always helpful to those in need of assistance, and have been known to save lives on the water. Introduce yourself to locals and you will instantly have riding buddies and someone to watch your back. If you lost your kite, please notify local authorities, in case they are looking for you.
More safety and rescue info here:http://www.kiteboardingtampabay.com
right of way rules here:http://www.kiteboardingtampabay.com/