What I am about to tell you could one day save your life...
With proper instruction and modern gear, kiteboarding has evolved to be very safe and fun, but like any sport, things can go wrong. One of the most dangerous situations that can happen is the infamous "death loop" which occurs when your bar and lines get tangled in such a way as to cause your kite to loop repeatedly. This builds a lot of power and invariably will drag you aggressively through the beach or water like being pulled behind a bus. Sometimes the bar gets tangled in such a way as to block your initial safety release, so what should you do? I came across a couple of good tutorial videos that cover some ways to recover from "death loop" scenarios and wanted to share them with my readers.
Before you watch them I just want to make a few points:
Thanks for reading, I am Ivano Stellato, a PASA certified kiteboarding instructor and founder of Mystic Point Water Sports, wishing you happy and safe kiting.
Video Credit: Anton Chernyshov