I dropped my kite in a lull about a mile out off of 3rd Avenue last Wednesday. The kite dropped through it's lines towards me and try as I might, I could not get the kite relaunched. The wind picked up again, but still I couldn't relaunch because the inside lines were twisted around the outside line and no bar maneuver that I could figure out could correct the problem. As I was getting blown farther away from shore and towards the midspan of the San Mateo Bridge, I elected to pop my chicken loop and let the kite flag out so that I could swim/walk back in. Unfortunately, the kite did not flag out, but rather stayed direcly downwind and powered up. After several minutes of pondering my options, I decided to let the kite go rather than being pulled to the Bridge.
My good kite friend Peter came along after a while and offered to tow me part way in. Another kiter tried to rescue my kite but was unsuccessful in getting back to shore as the wind had shifted so far offshore.
Back on land with my board intact but my confidence rather severely shaken, I phoned the Coast Guard to notify them that I had lost the kite but that I was OK and that they should not launch a search and rescue operation. They were extremely nice and offered to retrieve my kite if there happened to be a USCG boat in the area.
As the kite appeared to me to be drifting toward the SMO Bridge mid-span, I went south of the bridge that evening to wait to see if it came through but never saw it.
I have not heard anything further of my green and white RRD Obsession 10.5m kite since that time. Perhaps it went to Kite Vallhalla where all the other lost kite gear has gone. If anyone has any notion as to it's whereabouts, kindly call me: