WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Surefire is effectively a spinning leash re-ride system that's attached to it's own spreader bar. There's a release on the hook of the spreader bar itself, a regular release on the chicken loop of the kite you're using, and then, to completely detach from the kite, there's a release on the leash.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RELEASE?
It's a re-ride system, so once the chicken loop is released, all load is released from the front two lines and one rear line. The bar is then free to slide up the rear line the leash is attached to until it reaches the stopper ball. The rider is left leashed to this line via the attachment swivel on the spreader bar.
DOES IT WORK?
It's a great idea. The spinning leash spins freely and easily enough. The leash is quite long and if you're used to not having a leash then it can seem like it's in your face all the time, but at least you're leashed on and not going to kill anyone else! The releases are easy to use, and having two different triggers to release from the chicken loop gives you options - triggering the hook release means you don't have to put the chicken loop back together again in the water. The leash release is also very simple and easy to use - it should be, as it's your last possible option!
CAN YOU RETRO-FIT IT TO ANY BAR?
Any re-ride bar, you sure can.
Slingshot Surefire bar (Appeared in Kiteworld in Sept/Oct 2004: Issue #11 - bar test)
Slingshot Surefire Bar (2004)
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