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Understanding your safety release

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Created by IanR 6 months ago, 5 Nov 2019
IanR
NSW, 999 posts
5 Nov 2019 11:46AM
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I have seen recently a lot of people riding their kites in what Ozone call Expert mode. I have even seen schools teaching in this mode. I personal always ride in the standard mode

The Click-In Loop offers riders a choice of two release modes, the recommended Standard or the optional Expert mode.

- Standard mode offers 100% flag out in all situations by releasing the Click-In Loop or letting go of the bar when un-hooked.
- Expert mode offers 100% flag out only when the Click-In Loop is released whilst hooked in, allowing riders practicing handle passes to miss the bar without releasing the kite to flag out (not recommended).

listery
QLD, 48 posts
6 Nov 2019 7:24AM
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And is it recommended or not recommended for a newbie to attach a long safety leash to the back of his or her harness ?

Gateman
QLD, 346 posts
6 Nov 2019 10:08AM
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listery said..
And is it recommended or not recommended for a newbie to attach a long safety leash to the back of his or her harness ?


Recommended everyone uses a short leash attached to front of harness unless you are an experienced kiter doing unhooked handle passes and need a long leash.

IanR
NSW, 999 posts
6 Nov 2019 12:35PM
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As Gateman stated the long leash that attaches at the back of the harness is really for unhooked and bar pass tricks.

I feel though if you use a short leash attached to the front of your harness and have the safety on the loop in "Expert" mode you can put a lot of load on you back if the you accidentally unhook or if the front lines have a lot of twists in them and the safety line doesn't slide properly. The reason the bar pass leash attaches to the back of the harness is so if you are being dragged by the kite your body can fold like a taco.

Hopefully once someone is doing more complex tricks they fully understand the safety system and it's failings. Then they need to decide which is the best system for them and what they are doing and are not driven by fashion or how others setup their safety.

listery
QLD, 48 posts
6 Nov 2019 5:14PM
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Cheers guys

KIT33R
NSW, 1689 posts
7 Nov 2019 2:56PM
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The biggest problem with the rear attachment is that it is difficult to activate the secondary release which will get rid of the kite altogether when you are being pulled backwards through the water by a looping kite.

If you are not doing unhooked handle pass tricks I would recommend a front release. Maintain minimal twists in the front lines so that the bar travels freely too if a release is necessary.

KIT33R
NSW, 1689 posts
7 Nov 2019 2:58PM
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This is well worth watching too

listery
QLD, 48 posts
7 Nov 2019 8:52PM
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That's a great vid, thanks



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