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Switch Blade safety system

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Created by Fly on da wall > 9 months ago, 7 May 2018
Fly on da wall
VIC, 678 posts
7 May 2018 7:27PM
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So I saw,a guy the other day on a new Cabrhina Switch Blade get into trouble n used his quick release, but it all went pear shaped n he couldn't relaunch after a kitemare tangle.. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or is it just a overdrive/ powerball issue?
Luckily he got a passing boat to pick him up before he got in some serious old school trouble with a brand new kite. I thought that only happened in 2001-2004 with old kites that were deadly?

Peahi
VIC, 1036 posts
7 May 2018 10:04PM
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Prob need more info,

If the lines tanglled after release then I would not say it was a gear failure. It's not always easy to reconnect after releasing the safety especially if the bridles get tangled around the kite. I rarely reconnect successfully after releasing, and just end up floating back to the beach and sorting it out there. I used to find the IDS was always easier to reconnect.

The 2012-14 bars were a pain to re-connect after releasing the safety, and I doubt it would have anything to do with fireball or overdrive (althought you can easily catch your lines on those little overdrive release tags).

CJ2478
NSW, 315 posts
8 May 2018 7:48AM
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Fly on da wall said..
So I saw,a guy the other day on a new Cabrhina Switch Blade get into trouble n used his quick release, but it all went pear shaped n he couldn't relaunch after a kitemare tangle.. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or is it just a overdrive/ powerball issue?
Luckily he got a passing boat to pick him up before he got in some serious old school trouble with a brand new kite. I thought that only happened in 2001-2004 with old kites that were deadly?


As far as safety systems go the 1X system is great I think except if your PU tube gets jammed with sand which doesn't sound like the case here.
I think you'll find its a challenge to relaunch any kite after activating the safety system when things get tangled up.



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