How to setup a Slider Bar

Slider bars make kiting in the waves a whole lot better because you can move a bit more independently from your kite. Making a slider bar is pretty easy. All we do is take a normal bar, tie a rope to one end, thread on something that slides, and then tie off the rope to the other end of the bar. The snap shackle can be attached to whatever you have sliding on the rope. Alternatively if you don’t ever unhook you can remove you’re chicken loop and replace it with the shackle. If you do this I’d also recommend cutting of the hook from your spreader bar with a hacksaw, it will save weight and make it so you can paddle your surfboard with your harness on if things go wrong. Check the Slider Bar video and you’ll see how simple it is.

Any type of bar works with Engine Harnesses. However if you are making a slider bar we recommend you not use Mystic Brand bars because they can release unexpectedly when turned into sliders. We use Dakine bars.

 

A couple of slider bars. Notice that on the lower one the bar has been tied to the pad. Sometimes spreader bars like to flip- You see the lower one has been tied to the pad, that will keep it in place.

 

This is my bar. All the junk has been removed, throw has been elongated to allow for more de-power and the chicken loop swapped for a shackle.

This is my bar. All the junk has been removed, throw has been elongated to allow for more de-power and the chicken loop swapped for a shackle.