Death Loops

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Death Loops

Postby blast » 11 Apr 2015, 09:51

There have been a few serious accidents over the past few months, some fatal.
It seems one thing they have in common is kites death looping, this video shows how important it is to get detached completely as quickly as you can(or at least flag the kite out onto single line via the QR)
Don't wait till it's too late.

and give yourself DISTANCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GmaGpJChTI
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Re: Death Loops

Postby tonyn1 » 11 Apr 2015, 13:50

oooch, if in doubt let the kite out.....( go )
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Re: Death Loops

Postby TooFarWest » 11 Apr 2015, 20:38

That looked painful :shock:

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Re: Death Loops

Postby St3v3t » 18 Dec 2015, 10:41

liked that - hope i never have too
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Re: Death Loops

Postby blast » 18 Dec 2015, 11:02

Excellent!
Think this would obviously be a whole lot harder in strong winds though but still worth trying!
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Re: Death Loops

Postby rsoibaen » 18 Dec 2015, 14:34

Dont hesitate - ditch the kite completely......

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Re: Death Loops

Postby tonyn1 » 18 Dec 2015, 15:32

Fab video
i hope I never need it but it worth remembering
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Re: Death Loops

Postby Ejones » 18 Dec 2015, 20:11

If I'm ever in what appears to be Egypt, moderately powered well away from obstacles and know what's exactly wrong with my kite I'll give that a go.
But on any other day I'll use my safety release on bar and leash or If I have to I'll pull out my knife and cut all my lines before attempting this. I think it's a bit careless of this guy promoting this as a viable option to save yourself from a death loop in anything but perfect/slightly underpowered conditions.
If you don't have a knife I suggest you get one ASAP. Straps nicely to your harness and you won't know it's there( untill you need it).

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Re: Death Loops

Postby Wenglish » 18 Dec 2015, 20:41

Like ed said if you can't release then grab your knife and cut those lines.

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Re: Death Loops

Postby blast » 18 Dec 2015, 22:21

Good point Ed, like I said this is gonna be a whole lot different in strong winds in which case I'd just pop both safety's if it really was death looping violently!

It all depends on the circumstances of the day but the video may still help someone especially in lighter winds.
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Re: Death Loops

Postby JamesVegas » 19 Dec 2015, 11:27

Last time I had this happen I had the leash wrapped around the hook on my spreader bar so it was impossible to pull the secondary safety. I'm definitely going to practice this. Has anyone ever actually used a knife on their lines?

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Re: Death Loops

Postby St3v3t » 19 Dec 2015, 11:40

Interesting to read the scope of different peoples views. Each very much has merit - arrived at I guess by the individuals personal experience?

I think what is important that you understand all of the options available to you and that you are able to chose the correct solution at a point in time when rational thought is not easy.

Tbh I'm not even sure I would remember that I had a knife or line cutter on me! I therefore hope the individual that gets to me first does and worst case is able to resuscitate me :shock:

Again - hope I never put myself in a position where I have have to deal with this
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Re: Death Loops

Postby tonyn1 » 19 Dec 2015, 11:58

I agree Steve
But I don't think you put yourself in that position, I think its a mixture of mother nature and bad luck. but as the saying goes ( more pokers in the fire)

the more options the better !!!!!!
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Re: Death Loops

Postby Wenglish » 19 Dec 2015, 12:39

I've never had to cut lines fortunately but I've had to let everything go a couple of times though. I think one thing everyone needs to do before every session is release their safety just to check it's still working and not blocked up. I do it as the last part of setting up just before launching as that way I know it will work if something goes wrong on launch.


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