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I completely agree with everyone on not using the leash. I made the mistake of starting out with it, and it's definitely an annoying and dangerous habit to break. Body dragging upwind is not difficult, and will only help you once you're ready for the board.
One thing I haven't seen anybody mention yet is that leashes can be useful in some situations. In particular, if I've crashed my kite and am trying to relaunch it (especially in light winds), I'll clip in the leash while getting the kite in position to relaunch, and then unclip when I'm ready to go again. Same thing applies if you need to self rescue, clip in to the board while you're winding the lines / swimming in.
las time i checked, san felipe was south of la ventana.
I took everyone's advice and went leashless, althouth today one would have been nice.
Trying to relaunch a downed 17m kite in light wind + holding onto board= not fun.
listen to these people, they know what they are talking about. I'm a complete newb and I won't wear a leash if it meant to loose my board. One of my friends almost got his weener cut off by one of those retractable leashes the first day he bought it. The board went underwater right near the shore, the wind suddenly picked he went forward, the leash extended and smacked him right below the special area leaving a 10 inch by 8 inch bruise on his leg. It was the biggest freaking bruise I've ever seen.
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