A safety leash (sometimes also called a "bypass leash" or a "handlepass leash") is used to keep you connected to the kite when you deploy your main safety release or you let go of the control bar while riding unhooked. The safety release connects to a specific part of your line/control system so that full depower is activated when the kite is on it. It is very important to use the safety leash in accordance with the kite and control bar manufacturer's instructions. Attachment points can vary between manufacturers and between kite/bar models.
The safety leash also has its own safety release so that you can completely jettison the kite if you need to.
Warning: If you connect your safety leash to the wrong part of your line/control system it may not function correctly and could cause lofting or catastrophic equipment failure which could result in injury. The information on this page is provided for guidance only and may not be appropriate for your kite/line/bar system.
NOTE: The following examples are provided as a guide only. You must check your kite/control manuals to find the appropriate connection method for your kite.
For the Cabrinha Powerdrive 221 control system, the manufacturer recommends that you connect the leash to one of two points:
Attachment Point 1:Trapezoid above chicken loop
Attachment Point 2: Main depower line above the main safety release.
For the Cabrinha Powerdrive IDS control system, the manufacturer recommends that you connect the leash to the trapezoid above the chicken loop as follows:
Caution: If strong tension comes on the IDS line suddenly the IDS velcro strap system can release by itself, fully releasing the kite. You can grasp the IDS velcro strap system with one hand if the main safety release is deployed to prevent this happening.
The secondary IDS (Intelligent Depower System) line connected to the chicken loop by the IDS velcro strap system can be released as follows:
1. Pull on the IDS release handle loop as per red arrow above
2. IDS line (landing line) is then disconnected from the chicken loop, and the kite is fully disconnected from you.
Some riders prefer to attach the safety release to the ring on the IDS line (landing line) so that the kite will remain on the safety leash when the main safety release and the IDS velcro strap system are deployed. If you use this attachment point there are three steps to completely release the kite:
This connection method is not recommended when using the kite in large surf as fully releasing the kite can take too long.
Ben Wilson Surf Undertow bar
The safety leash attaches to the ring inside the chicken loop.
The safety release sequence for this control system is:
A suicide leash attachment is when you attach the safety leash to the chicken loop. This is similar to attaching the safety leash to the trapezoid above the chicken loop.