Nice wind today so I wanted to get to my local lake after work. Finished at 1:30 so was on the water by 2:15. White caps and 1 foot rolling waves gusting to 30 Knots plus. Awesome!
Ah Ha 7 meter day, wind was punchy as hell worst wind I ever was in but it was blowing west and perfect for the lake, tacked my way to the middle of the lake for a non stop session for a good 2 hrs on my
Airrush light wind board. Sunshine and warm wind, nice jumps but to punchy to do anything else, wind ripped me up off the water and down wind some but stayed
in the center of the lake the whole session. Feeling like a kite master and feeling confident I stopped checking and looking at my loop connection of my bar to my harness which I do now and then because
of last experiences. Sure thing the bar loop popped off my harness during a transition and the kite immediately flagged to safety and hit the water. No problem because I was getting
tired anyway so it was a perfect opportunity to drift onto shore and call it quits. With the kite flagged, floating and drifting me to shore I thought it was taking a long time for me to get back so
I retrieved the bar and grabbed a steering line to inflate the kite into a sail so it can pull me back to the beach. The kite lifted into the air and pulled me hard so I let go of the bar. Since my kite was attached
to my safety line I was Okay, so I thought! My safety line immediately broke and my beautiful RRD 7 M kite was loose and blowing to shore headed for the trees and Oh Shit! the power lines! I dropped the board and
swam as fast as I could to get my Kite! Keep in mind I was in the middle of the lake about a 1/4 mile out with a wetsuit on and a harness around my waist so swimming wasn't very fast. Watching the Kite as I was swimming it
drifted into the tree line on the beach and looked like it wasn't going anywhere soon. I got to the kite and it was fine in perfect shape but "I just put new lines on my bar" and the safety
line broke! Imagine that! Not good for slingshot. Remember to always check your gear to make sure it is in good condition. All in All it was a great Day!