grab that ball and unhook let the kite completely go, even un attach your saftey to the kite, attatch your safety to the flagging ball and let go, kite will depower, then walk towars the kite, holding line, working your way up it. LB
Wouldn't it be safer to have leader line, instead of kite line, to hold with your hand' while you are working your way, along the line, to the previously released bar? You would have to modify the center lines so that you had enough leader line so that the kite could completely flag out. Maybe you could make your own front line setup with Q Power and spectra leader line. The proper length for the leader line would probably be the distance from wingtip to wingtip of the largest kite you would be using with that bar.
Also, after you have pulled in enough of the leader line to recover the bar, wouldn't you want to wind all the rest of the lines on the bar while you are working your way to the kite? This would prevent the lines from becoming a tangled mess, accidental relaunching by having lines catching on seaweed, or rocks, and also protect the rider from getting tangled in the loose lines.
It seems like a good idea, to me, to modify both of the front lines and therefore, have two of the "flagging balls", giving the rider a choice for attachment of the leash. I knew of a kiter who had a bridle line flip over the wingtip on the side of the kite to which the front line having the "flagging ball" was attached. The kite became like a propeller, dragging her out of control, toward shore. Her front line safety system was effectively disabled, and since she had let go of the bar, had no control over the kite, and was being dragged by the safety leash. She had to totally release the kite, by pulling the secondary release on the safety leash itself, and the kite then flew away. If she had been given a choice of having a "flagging ball" on the other front line, she could have possibly switched the safety to the other ball and safely flagged out the kite.