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supunk

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Wind wing leash failure
« on: September 05, 2019, 08:20:36 AM »
Has anyone had a wind wing leash failure yet? I was out solo today in blustery conditions and suddenly thought that the consequences could get pretty serious. Not certain of any way around it. I guess just change your leash regularly. Anyone around using rope instead of a leash? Interested to hear your thoughts :)

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Re: Wind wing leash failure
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 02:00:20 PM »
Just saw a video of Alex Aguera wing foiling and he looked to be using a windsurfing uphaul as a wing leash. Anyone tried this? Would be a lot less likely to snap.

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Re: Wind wing leash failure
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 02:08:10 PM »
I had the same thought, the wing would be gone if the leash fails.
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Re: Wind wing leash failure
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 10:24:28 PM »
On several wings the leash attachment to the wing is a likely point of failure--it's just too wimpy, and anyone that's seen a wing on the end of the leash doing porpoise dives into the water realizes that it's getting pounded. I added a loop of kite line from the front handle to the leash railsaver. The loop is loose, so if the leash attachment is intact it doesn't do anything, but if the attachment breaks it will give me a chance to recover. The leash doesn't really need to be urethane and have swivels and cuffs. I'm going to make one that's bulletproof from Dyneema rope and attach it to my waist leash. I considered the FCS Freedom leash--they look great, but reviewing the ratings for them was enlightening. Lots of failures.
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Re: Wind wing leash failure
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2019, 12:34:51 AM »
I used the FCS freedom leash for a while as a wing leash.  It is really nice and light but it is too long for the wing.  A short wing leash is so much nicer.  A short leash offers way less room for the wing to go nuts and therefore it never pulls as hard or as violently (which can happen on a longer leash when you are really overpowered).  Also, a lighter wing will tug you (and the leash) around with much less force.  That is noticeable.  Check out the F-one Swing leash that comes with their wings.  It is about 3 feet and is my gold standard. 

PS: The FCS freedom leash is awesome for these boards.  I am using that now and it allowed me to dump the waist belt entirely.  It has a really cool cuff which never rotates on your ankle.  Set it off to the side and you will rarely step on the leash.  On those occasions when you do the leash is so thin that it makes much less difference.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2019, 12:37:25 AM by Admin »

 


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