I've had 2 "incidents" recently, the most recent being this weekend. The first was a faulty or broken elbow on one of the struts of a new kite. This weekend the valve on the leading edge of my Rebel literally blew up/off while on the water. The leading edge filled up with water. Fortunately I wasn't too far out, wind was onshore, and I was kiting with a buddy. Still, it was difficult swimming the kite in. No ability to self rescue in the traditional sense as essentially the kite became a sea anchor. If I didn't have the struts pinched off it would have been near impossible to make any ground getting the kite to shore. There must be reasons for not doing it but I've been surprised by the number of folks I've observed or say they don't do this. Curious what those reasons are but regardless I'm going to continue to do so!
Pics of the damge for those curious. Valve completely ripped off.