If you lose your board, you should already know how to body drag upwind. If not, search the web for the technique and ask someone at the beach to show you some of the finer points. Body dragging upwind has all sorts of advantages besides reclaiming your board and is the sort of thing you should really know if you're going to kitesurf.
Back in April, kiteboarding legend Pete Lynn
came to visit and test out some prototypes at Squid Labs. After a great session, he gave me a lecture about how I shouldn't be using a board leash and how the most pain he's ever felt was in direct relation to a board leash. I brushed it off claiming I always wore a helmet and used a length of rope rather than an energy storage device, like a bungy, to attach my board. Saul
wants it to be known that he's been on my case for years to ride without a board leash.
So, Pete's back in town and yesterday it was windy, so we went to beach. Before going out on the water, he gave me another lecture about board leashes and again I acknowledged, but ignored it. It was windy and we had prototypes to test!
If you're the type of person who can learn something without, say, a blow to the head, you're done. Enjoy kiting without a leash. If you're like me, by all means, carry on to the next step!WARNING:
graphic images of injury follow!