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Self-launched yesterday and my kite got hung up and went all haywire. Immediately pulled on the chicken loop quick release and nothing happened. I immediately moved the DK and unhooked, and so all was good.
I had not had to use the quick release on my chicken loop in a long time, and what with the build up of sand and salt the unit had frozen shut.
When I got home I rinsed it out really well and sprayed it down with WD40.
No matter how confident I become in my skills, no matter how well prepared I think I am, something always pops up.
I open my release almost every time I hook in before a session - just to be sure it works. Even when the Chomp-O-Meter™ is at 11, if figure it could save my life.
Glad you're OK!
I was just reading something a while back that recommended to check the safety system often and know how to use it
I have itchy fingers, I'd probably check the chicken loop several times before getting in the water just because of the clickyty-clackity sound
Yojimbo, glad you're ok. Just one comment about WD-40. I read somewhere that there are dry lubricants out there to be used for these applications. WD-40 may stay on the part and stick to sand. Not sure what a recommendation for a good dry lubricant is, someone may have used it here.
2012 Naish Park 12m, 9m
2012 North Jaime Pro 133/40. (2010 Crazyfly WLF140 now lives in kiteboard heaven somewhere downwind of 3rd)
Ion Apex harness
Kites: 2013 F-One Bandit VI: 12m, 9m and 7m.
Board: 2013 F-One Acid 134x42 & 5'6 Fish.
Harness: Underwave "Imperial" vaccust.
Wetsuit: Underwave Sultan shortleg 4/3.
I've been using Bosch T-9 spray lubricant for several years with no ill effects.
What brand chicken loop was it? I retired a liquid force 2008 chicken loop because it jammed as you described (very bad design).
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