I’ve grown accustomed to barefooting with my handle and line. They aren’t anything crazy special or anything… just a BFI toe hold handle with a spectra line I think. Basically, my line doesn’t stretch, at all. Like a steel cable, but red, without the dangers involved with a steel cable.
Well today, after jumping (pictures/videos coming soon) I took a foot run with the rope in the boat. Made my run no problem, but the rope was like a bungee cord. I cord feel it stretch and shorten up during the start and while footing. Hit some chop, I could feel it stretch and tighten between each wave. Talk about distracting. Never really got comfortable. It felt like the rope was stretching and shortening up probably about 6 inches to a foot throughout the run. This was a very different feel from my normal rope which has no give and now I’m even more glad to have it.
My run ended with me catching a toe, catching air, and then hitting the water, head first at 40 MPH and I didn’t get my hands up to break the water. Now, 11 hours later, the top of my head still hurts from breaking the water.