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Postby Rossall » Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:22 am

Has anyone any advise on the following incident.
After a wipeout yesterday I had to let go of my 10 mtr TORO and leave it to the safety leash. After a couple of seconds the kite went into a 6 or 7 rotation spin and completly tangled itself up, this resulted in a bloody long swim in. I was using a Airush bar with a TOTAL of 30 mtr lines ( inc the standard 10 mtr Airush leader reride system) the reride stopper was in the correct position on the leader line ie. spen of kite. Yet the kite spinned, any ideas anyone, Oh the reride is fitted to the port back line as standard.


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Postby kruzlifix » Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:50 am

Could this be the reason why in general the recommendation is to have the kite safety leash fixed to one of the frontlines, instead of the backlines?

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Postby Dwight » Mon Sep 09, 2002 12:20 pm

Your kite spun because it is so stiff and rigid, it stays in the "c" shape even when the leash has been deployed. A back line leash works slighly better than a front line leash, so changing leash systems will not help.

With older soft kites, leashes worked better. With floppy real high aspect kites, leashes work better, if the leash is long enough.

It's best to never deploy the leash if you can help it. There is always going to be a slight risk of the kite spinning and doing this. Hold on tight and try not to use the leash.


Postby Guest » Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:51 pm

In my opinion it is better to attach the leash to the front lines. The kite turns by pulling on a rear line, so by attaching the leash to a rear line it will spin more. It will still spin when on the front line, but not as much.

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