Every well-designed bar has a three-level safety system. If one of these levels on a bar is not fully functional, this can result in a life-threatening situation for the rider and any other people involved.
1st level – letting go of the bar
Letting go of the bar results in the kite’s angle of attack adjusting to a minimum. The kite should almost completely cease pulling, falling powerless into the water. (For more information on angle of attack click here.)
2nd level – quick release
If the quick-release system is triggered, the kite completely loses all power. Tension is lost in all except one of the lines and the kite completely ceases to pull. Here a 5th line is slightly safer than a 4 line bar because a kite on a 4 line bar may continue to pull slightly in some cases.
3rd level – safety leash
If the kite does not stop pulling for some reason after the quick release has been triggered, the final solution is to disconnect completely from the kite by detaching the safety leash. This option should only be used in an absolute emergency as it results in the complete loss of the kite.