kiting, there WILL become a time when you run into a bad
situation. Gear failure or sudden weather changes are two examples
where knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life!
Be sure to practice this with each kite you own, as all kites have slight differences and require different hand positioning for an effective rescue.
Activate safety system to flag the kite out on one line
Pull yourself up the line to the bar
Wrap (the line you just pulled yourself to the bar with) at least one kite length (20-30’)on the bar to prevent relaunch, then wrap the rest of the lines until you reach the kite.
Grab what will be your UPPER wingtip or bridle, (depending on direction of travel) and work your way to other wingtip by sliding leading edge under your arm with the other hand. (hold bridle and push L.E. away from you)
Practice this on the beach, or in shallow water to find correct hand positioning-BEFORE YOU NEED IT!
Remember: NEVER deflate your kite unless absolutely necessary!
This technique also keeps you more visible to rescue personnel.
From there you can swim to shore or use traditional self rescue technique.
Both methods should be known and practiced before you need them.
Use this method if your leading edge deflates.
Roll the kite ends to middle and secure it into a "raft" with your leash, harness, lines, or whatever you have.