flyyboyy wrote:Peter_Frank wrote:flyyboyy wrote:It is kind of in the way. Is there a reason why it has to be as long as it is?
It is a very good question - and you got the answer: It is for handle passes and unhooked use
As I ride hooked most of the time, I can and will not use such a long leash - would be a total mess to have "flying around", and in the way.
So I have a very very short leash instead, it actually only has to be 1 or 1½ foot long - much better and not in the way
Apart from the days where I dont use a leash - as at many wavespots it makes no sense and you can choose to ride without the leash (when hooked, and not having a push release - so you dont accidentally unhook)
Thanks everybody, it's obvious now. I am new to the sport and would like to shorten it, but not endanger myself, so now I know what I am working with.
So I guess that ditching the kite by releasing the leash would be in the case of an out of control kite. Maybe a broken line etc.
No QR is for that situations.
Ditching the kite is the last resort when your life is in danger. (being blown to open see with no way of getting back ,....)