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by RickI
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 41
Views: 2964

Re: Casualty in Sicily

It is important to note that squalls can be moving at 60 mph or a mile a minute. If you see one three miles away it can be on you in three minutes or the gust front might hit before it arrives. The best solution is to avoid them entirely by looking at weather radar, sat. imagery, hazard warnings and...
by RickI
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 41
Views: 2964

Re: Casualty in Sicily

Thank you for all your input on this and other situations pmaggie over the years, it is much appreciated. You make a number of good points. I think it is important for the kiting community to take a hard look at dangerous weather for what it is. The fact that there was an absurd quantity of kiters o...
by RickI
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 41
Views: 2964

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: 41
Views: 2964

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: 41
Views: 2964

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: 41
Views: 2964

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: 41
Views: 2964

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: 711

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: 711

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...

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