1st off - In January / February we shipped a lot of kites without leashes, thinking that people could use the chicken loop as a leash. We then added the thumb screw to the upper stopper ball and this required that we added a front line leash. SO, if you don’t have a leash talk to your dealer and we will send you on FREE!
2nd off - Leash set-ups:
1) As it ships you have a front line leash. Use this if you are comfortable with it as such. This will allow you to have the stopper ball locked out if you like but will result in the leash wrapping on the lines if you spin a lot.
2) You can either take the thumb screw right out of the upper stopper or knock the stopper up and off the line plug to thereby allow the kite to fully de-power off the front lines if you simply let go of the bar. If you are doing this you can avoid the use of a leash and simply keep yourself hooked in on the chickenloop. Likelwise you could run a leash from the chicken loop to your harness if you wanted to go un hooked a few times.
3) You can also just leash off the chicken loop if you are comfortable with the fact that the kite will not totally de-power if you let go of the bar. In this case we recommend that you attach to the front line leash connector by the swivel the supplied grab handle, so that if things go wrong you can grab that handle and kill the power in the kite.
4) You can also, if you are experimental, remove the orange connector cable from the two stoppers. Then, attach a length of spectra line off on the bar side of the swivel up by the front lines. Run this length of spectra down through the first stopper’s 3rd hole, through the bar and through the lower stopper’s 3rd hole. Tie a knot and loop in the end of the spectra line so that the line is long enough for the trim strap to be fully extended. Leash off of this spectra line. This option will disable the unique lower stopper ball’s ability to allow you to re-set the upper stopper but it will keep the leash clear of the bar as it spins, and will safely pull the kite down in MOST situations. Please note that this system can be foiled if the lines get tangled, etc.