Sermon (was Flexifoils)
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> During a force 6 I flew both my foils...(:-() I had a
>body harness and attached myself to the front of my campervan.
>The rope used was not bungee.During the two
> minutes of my being dragged from left to right I must have been stretched.
> Two minutes of extreame pain. My wrists have never been the same. The line
> (300lb) broke. My brother swears to this day that the campervan moved.
> I would be only to happy to hear of other stories. Not just relating to foils.
Although to a lot of people this might sound fun- I have a bone to pick,
actually a few bones to pick...
NEVER wear wrist straps when power flying! With the amount of
pull possible with todays power kites- it becomes very difficult
to release one (or both) straps during an emergency. I have
also broke 300lb line while flying a 5.1m Peel, but I was useing
handles at the time.
(on a related topic)
I personally beleive (here it goes again) that there is no
reason to use a harness when flying a power kite- if you
can't hold on to it, maybe you shouldn't fly it. (Now
granted, there won't be a harness burning ceremony after
this posting reaches the 11000 readers)
If you have a harness and still plan to use it- at least try
using the safety release system while in the worst possible
scenario- possibly the kite in the power zone, and you on
your stomach being dragged forward.
(back to the topic)
Also granted that people feel a need to tie themselves down
to something while they are power flying- I suggest the following:
If you want to hover above the ground, do chin-ups. Don't
use a power kite with a body harness tied down (especially to
something with wheels!!!!)
NOW the conclusion of my sermon:
Anytime you are in a dangerous situation- let go of one handle. If,
after you let go of one handle, the kite still spins and you are
being dragged forward, let go of the second handle.
A guy who hates to see people get hurt
(THIS IS NOT A FLAME, just giving my safety sermon)
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