Yeah yeah, it was one of those “run what you brung” situations. We had to take the fins off the board; there was only about 6 inches of water in the lagoon, and there were a lot of coral heads hidden in the eelgrass. There were good waves outside the reef, but very strong downwind currents, light winds, exposed reef and no hope of rescue meant that we couldn’t spend a lot of time out there.
The One is great for that stuff though - to swap out, we’d just depower the heck out of the kite, unhook and unleash, then then 2nd guy would grab the harness and helmet off the first guy, strap em on, then grab the kite and board and go - too easy! If things went wrong during the swap, we could just grab the chicken loop and kill the kite.
It wasn’t even supposed to be windy in Palau - it’s too close to the equator to get reliable trades, but I couldn’t bear to go on a trip without a kite.