I have an OR Rise 2010 9m with the freeride bar.
I got it second hand “in good condition” from the local OR dealer in Athens, Greece.
The kite and the bar looked like new indeed, and I pretty much trust the local OR dealer to have sold me a good kite.
I rode the kite about 10 times so far and I like it.
I had some problems with depowering the bar under strong winds, but i managed this in the end thanks to advice from this forum.
I rode the kite yesterday at about 25knts gusty wind. I have ridden it in stronger winds, 30 knts with gusts reaching 40+ without any problem. Yesterday, it should have been a comfortable ride; i didnt even have to pull any depower at the bar, and I was feeling that this wind was the sweet spot of the kite for my 85kg at least.
But the bar did a release on its own.
I closed the chicken loop and tried to fly the kite again but the lines were already tangled, and I ended up kitelooping.
I had to release again and go to the kite.
It could have turned uglier, cos there is no resque on this beach, I was quite far from shore and the downwind landing area would have been more than 3 hrs ahead. Finally a friend collected my board and pulled me to safety, and I feel lucky that I got away with just loosing a session and having to untangle the lines for 5 hours. I inspected the release mechanism later on shore and it works ok.
I wonder if there are any safety issues related to the chicken loop of the 2010 OR freeride bar.
I have used the kite in stronger winds and it should have handled this one without trouble.
The release happened in a gust but I was just ridding normally, not even when jumping or trying a trick.