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by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Casualty in Sicily

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4794259219_52bf3ebe9f_o.jpg Here is a better photo of a shelf cloud trashing a bunch of kiters, this time in the UK and eight years ago. It exploded with 60 to 70 mph gusts and sent riders and kites flying all over the place. Remarkably some people continue to ig...
by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Casualty in Sicily

I think it’s fair to say you can’t make that cloud look significantly worse than it actually is. It only kicked out of 40 knot gust when it might been double that or more. Lightning is often a risk with thunderstorms but here’s a good question. How many kiters have been struck by lightning versus ho...
by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Casualty in Sicily

So, it is ok to play Russian Roulette with a gun in your mouth or stumble around on a high speed roadway drunk because if it isn't your time, no harm? What about using common sense keeping the gun out of your mouth in the first place, off the highway and staying out of squalls, particularly ones tha...
by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Casualty in Sicily

It was a severe squall with dozens of kiters out in it. I am astounded that people are still so indifferent to an obvious hazard after all these years and so many deaths and injuries. More from the scene: https://www.facebook.com/kitesurfing/posts/10156592199084356?__xts__[0]=68.ARBHvUG7prWpXFw_uS6K...
by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Casualty in Sicily

RIP to all three victims and strength to their familes. Here is an English computer translation of the latest accident which apparently happened yesterday. "Marsala, dies doing kitesurfing at the Stagnone A 45-year-old sportsman loses his life. Overwhelmed by a gust of wind 19 September 2018 29 Mars...
by RickI
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: GoPro Head strap
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: GoPro Head strap

To each his own. I couldn't handle the distraction of holding that thing in my mouth particularly close in for shots. Water spotting is a problem at times but not always. https://scontent.fmia1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/21949853_10154877442793199_8422616733293159333_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=e48f50dfcc5e0d...
by RickI
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: GoPro Head strap
Replies: 15
Views: 708

Re: GoPro Head strap

Virtually never, I always use a helmet mount with two cameras on the kite. The head mount falls off too easily for kiting. I wouldn't use a bite mount for a wide range of reasons but they seem to be popular currently. https://scontent.fmia1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/26678099_10155142252283199_627086...
by RickI
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What a wind Forcast - Hurricane Florence
Replies: 17
Views: 1739

Re: What a wind Forcast - Hurricane Florence

I was speaking of disaster frequency, not insurance claims or cost, chances of becoming a victim or infrastructure considerations. Simply whether the US has more natural disaster events than most other countries, which it does not by this information. The US is listed as having a "Low chance of disa...
by RickI
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What a wind Forcast - Hurricane Florence
Replies: 17
Views: 1739

Re: What a wind Forcast - Hurricane Florence

Risk of natural disaster, the US is 45th out of 173 countries. Fact vs. perception or perhaps news coverage?

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