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Self Rescue

If you can't get the kite relaunched due to equipment failure or user error, and or you are unable to reach the shore with the kite in the air, then you must complete a self rescue.

A self rescue is any procedure that gets the rider from a position of flying a powered kite at the control bar, to a position where the rider’s kite is disabled, the rider is out of the water, and safe from kiteboarding related harm.

There are several different ways to do a self rescue.

The easiest is to activate the secondary safety release, on the bar.  When the bar slides away from the rider on the safety leash line, the kite will be disabled.  Simply pull the safety line towards you as you float, swim, or walk toward the kite.  When the rider reaches the kite and holds on to it firmly, they can be sure the kite won’t launch and power up.

Once the kite is disabled and the kiteboarder has the kite in their hand, the kiteboarder will force the kite into the U position.  From this position, determine where the shore is located, and walk your hands to the wingtip of the kite, that is closest to the shore.  Grab that wingtip with one hand, and roll the leading edge under your arms until you have both wingtips in your hand, or until you have a significant portion of the kite capturing wind.  At this point, keep the kite pointed towards shore.  The kite will eventually pull you to shore without you having to swim, or tread water.

Once you are safely on the beach, with your kite disabled, you have completed the self rescue.

Step by Step

Step One:
Activate the safety leash by unhooking and letting go of the bar, or by activating the secondary release.  Make sure the kite has depowered and the bar has slid up one kite line.  For 5 line kites, activate the 5th line.

Step Two:
Pull in the leash line, which is attached to the only one kite line all the way to the bar.  5 line kites vary based on Brand.

Step Three:
Fast, emergency method: ignore the bar, don't touch it, and continue pulling the line in all the way to the kite.

Slow, no wind, less line tangle method: make sure the kite is still depowered and wrap the loose end of the leash line around the bar 5 times, like you would wrap a string around the end of your finger.

Step Four:
After securing the first part of the loose line, wrap the rest of the line on the end winders, on the back side of the bar, the side of the bar that the chicken loop sticks out from.  As you wrap the line in a figure eight on the back side of the bar, the line should all be touching the bar.

Step Five:
Once you have wrapped the leash line all the way back to the leash, secure it on the bar.  At this point, you should have: three, full length, loose kite lines that go from the bar to the kite; one half of a single kite line, tight, that goes from the bar to the kite; and the other, loose half of that single line, wrapped up on the back side of the bar.  5 line kites will have four loose lines from the bar to the kite and the 5th line will be tight.

Step Six:
Wrap all four lines together on the end winders of the bar all the way to the kite.  5 lines for 5 line kites.

Step Seven:
Point the leading edge of the kite upwind and toward the shore.  Float and ride the wind into shore.

 

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