Are you sure that the lines were stuck in the chicken loop?
I would bet that they were stuck in the harness hook!
Thats an important detail, can you please check that for us?
I was in death loop because the bar was stuck in the hook, I almost died. I got rid of my hook, now I use another system. For me, using a hook for kiting is a mistake (except if you unhook, I would say 1% of the riders do that)
interesting, i will try and ask.. i think lines fron one kiter wrapped around the bar/chicken loop of teh other - hence how they got stuck together..
i have got corner of bar stuck in harness hook too, deathlooping towards fence in low winds with almost no way out I hauled in one line and managed to just clip kite on ground pulling one steering line with enough slack with 2 seconds to get out, with todays fast looping kites though - would have had no chance!
This post really makes me think about all the posts discussing the danger of the hook itself. I guess if you ride unhooked then you need it, but otherwise, it does seem like an unnecessary hazard.
A good J knife seems like an obvious solution as well, but I can see the situation where you are being dragged, dunked, spun or whatever where it would be difficult to get to the knife to start cutting.
I wonder if another emergency release could be built into the harness that would release the spreader bar. Maybe a handle on the side of the harness that would release metal tabs that would hold both sides of the spreader bar. That might add one more level of safety. Just a thought.