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Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:44:07 AM »
Not sure if this has been mentioned on the forum, but I was browsing Blue Planet Surf website and saw that they are selling a Retractable Foil Waist Leash. 
https://www.blueplanetsurf.com/retractable-foil-waist-leash-with-shock-cord.html
When I started kiting I used a similar product that was attached to my harness.  I stopped using it when leashes were frowned upon.
Has anyone tried one of these in the surf?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7G_98DuGKQ
https://youtu.be/4E2C5XlF1dY
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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2021, 09:33:18 AM »
Sflinux,
I haven't tried it in the surf, just on lake. I am sold:
  • No more leash under your feet
  • No more dangling of the leash in the foil
  • No more jerking on the ankle or leg when falling. The pull is barely noticeable. It's like you don't have a leash at all
  • A bonus belt to attach your wing leash to

So yes it's pricier and heavier than a traditional leash and requires more cleaning but I would buy it again without hesitation.

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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2021, 06:30:21 PM »
I use this reel leash for wing foiling in flat water, bay swell and ocean surf. Made belt with hook myself. I connect leash's clip to a fixed line that is length of distance from my waist to boards leash plug (this keeps the reel leash's spring in 'relaxed', unengaged state).

Advantages
  • I hated stepping on a surf cord and this is much better now.
  • I like that the excess is not dragging through the water.
  • The available length gets the foil quite far away from me when I crash in the surf (or when just returning to the beach through beach break -- this process is rarely pretty).

Disadvantages
  • need reel leash coming between legs when getting onto board prior to going from knees to "on foil" to prevent wrapping around leg
  • sometimes wraps around leg... but lifting and flipping leg when riding can correct this
  • cost
  • trust me this reel leash is never going to be cool.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2021, 06:57:35 PM by liv2surf »
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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2021, 06:53:04 PM »
I use this reel leash for wing foiling in flat water, bay swell and ocean surf. Made belt with hook myself. I connect leash's clip to a fixed line that is length of distance from my waist to boards leash plug (this keeps the reel leash's spring in 'relaxed', unengaged state).

Advantages
  • I hated stepping on a surf cord and this is much better now.
  • I like that the excess is not dragging through the water.
  • The available length gets the foil quite far away from me when I crash in the surf (or when just returning to the beach through beach break -- this process is rarely pretty).

Disadvantages
  • need reel leash coming between legs when getting onto board prior to going from knees to "on foil" to prevent wrapping around leg
  • sometimes wraps around leg... but lifting and flipping leg when riding can correct this
  • cost
  • trust me this reel leash is never going to be cool.
5'6 Quatro Wingdrifter Pro 105L; Cabrinha Mantis 3.1m, 4m, 5m and 6m; Axis 1000 (1150, 1020); Project Cedrus 91 cm carbon mast (68 cm fuse, 440/5000 rear); 9'6" CRUZ Surf foil SUP (152L); Chinook Thrust 92 Paddle -- fixed 78" length; 'prone' longboards on the rack, kites in the garage.

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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2021, 03:18:00 PM »
Thanks for posting this sflinux.
For more reviews, please also check out the Amazon listing:
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Planet-Release-Designed-Foiling/dp/B08CBRWWMX

Liv2surf, that is a nice looking custom hook.  I originally used the Oceanus reel leash with a loop attached to a belt like you are, which works fine.  Having the reel mounted directly to the belt as on our current waist belt design has less play/ dangling and makes it less obtrusive.  See if it's possible to retrofit it to mount directly to your belt without the nylon loop.

Here is a video with Derek Hama showing how he uses the belt and attaching other things to it.  We are having a custom hook made by NSI that also allows you to use the belt as a harness.  Derek is testing it in the photo.  He's using an old Ozone wing leash attached to the wing as kite a line.  I think he invented a whole new sport, haha.
https://youtu.be/6O0lGkniQVY



« Last Edit: May 17, 2021, 03:56:22 PM by blueplanetsurf »
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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2021, 03:00:58 PM »
We now have the custom NSI harness hooks that are made to fit on our waist belt available on our website, works great if you already have the retracting waist leash:
https://www.blueplanetsurf.com/nsi-wing-ding-for-blue-planet-foil-waist-leash-2-w.html
« Last Edit: May 22, 2021, 03:02:31 PM by blueplanetsurf »
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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2021, 09:24:42 PM »
Live2Surf's is not a custom hook, it's a Da Kine Maniac kite hook. I use the same one. I bend the hook out so it releases better but that's about all the customization it takes.

I'm going to switch to the NSI hook though, I've been catapulted a few too many times lately. I'm also ordering your reel. I'm tired of stepping on my leash. Even with a waist belt I manage to get it under my back foot a few times per session.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2021, 09:29:36 PM by PonoBill »
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Re: Retractable Foil Waist Leash
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2021, 02:04:21 PM »
Derek Hama talks all about the retracting leash in this video:
https://youtu.be/soIxBI3xVSY
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