John Holzhall wrote:
Glad to hear that Shannon is OK...that is a long way to fall for a well fed guy. I would also say he is one of only a few guys who have the presents of mind to unhook while under exteme pressure...most people end up pulling against the power, oversteering the kite and get life flighted away...with that said, here are a couple key points...
Mechanical Lift vs lofting
4 gears to the four line
depower, water or beach?
Lofting occasionally happens ie water spouts, dust devil ect...mechanical lift is a constant which happens for a reason...as wind hits land, buildings, mountains, it rises...it may infact rise at a rate greater than our drop rate. If you bring your kite up into rising wind, you may be going up, not down.
There will be a substantial power increase as you go from the trim loop to unhooked...especially in strong wind (4 gears to the four line)
In pressure situations, there is no advantage in going to shore to depower...depower in the water...fewer hard objects and people, but of course you need a safety system when depowering....weather is a big part of kiteboarding...for real answers to safe riding check out Secrets of Kiteboarding the DVD and Book...dealers welcome. http://www.kiteboardcenter.com
(4 gears to the four line)
Are you from Mars or something? What the f***?
All I know about lofting is this, it don't matter if your kite is high or low it don't matter if your depowered (sheeted out or not...
All this is just wishful thinking, when you get lofted your going up, your not able to steer the kite your just going up.
I got lofted had all kinds of time to f*** around, it didn't matter.
So go ahead a talk about prevention all you want, but when it happens you'd have better pull that shackle or your going up period.
Talks cheep lofting is beyond prevention beware you've been warned
PS. on this no leash being more of a danger to the kiter:
All I can say is, I've no problem with saying "Good bye" none, zero, zip!
I support leashes but don't think i am safer with one than I am without one.
That's just my opinion.