I will disagree with you Bille on launch as the most dangerous time. To me it would be coming in and landing a kite. When launching you are rested, have the strength to deal with the kite, and react faster. Upon coming in you are tired, have muscle fatigue, and most likely dehydrated. All things that can influence your decisions and reaction time.
Gonna have to Agree with Ya on that one !!
Makes Good sense .
That habit i got for walking on the beach to my board, with the
Kite at Zenith ; it's gotta Go !!
I'm Gonna get Hurt one day, by continuing to do that (.)
When there are no kiters on the beach, (all out riding) and i got
to get a beach-goer to launch me ---
I'll do a tether launch & bring the kite up myself to check the lines. The person
i ask to hold it, is there to stabilize the kite only until i get to the QR.
I usually ask them to let go Before i even hook-in . If it's Real windy, then
i'll attach the safety & ask them to let go before i hook-in.
I basically do NOT want someone that i don't know , holding my kite
while I am Hooked in to it, other than the safety. I'll even bring the kite up
just out of their reach, (while Still on tether) before hooking in. I learned "That"
lesson already ; they can't be trusted !!