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Surviving the Death Loop

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A Death Loop can occur if your control lines get tangled on the kite bar and/or your harness hook.   This can result in the safety release systems getting jammed which can render a normal safety release difficult or impossible.

This video from Anton Chernyshov explains how the lines can get tangled to cause a death loop and how to fix it. 

The basic technique is:
  • Identify which control (outside) line is NOT powered
  • Reach up, grab it and pull it in - the kite will stop looping and back stall
  • Untangle your lines on the kite bar and/or harness hook
Caution

DO NOT loop a kite line around fingers or your hand - this could result in serious injury.