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by RickI
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anton's tips on surviving a squall.
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Anton's tips on surviving a squall.

Don't kite in or near squalls, dozens of dead kiters and likely a few thousand seriously injured riders worldwide over almost 20 years support that conclusion. If you are about to be nailed by a sneaky "white squall," hit your QR, punch out, emergency depower your kite, BEFORE the wind speed increas...
by RickI
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Anton's tips on surviving a squall.
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Anton's tips on surviving a squall.

White squall is a term I haven't seen very often and after all these years.(1) Basically it seems to be high wind from something other than an obvious thunderstorm or cumulonimbus cloud. It seems it may be another name for a microburst. Microbursts can boost winds to 150 mph+ (130 kts.+). The vague ...
by RickI
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!
Replies: 221
Views: 50546

Re: Nice Carving Pictures - post them!

A distant view from last night, complete with red tide but only on land? https://scontent.fmia1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/q86/p960x960/43639645_10155718318578199_9066931065733513216_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_eui2=AeG6BrZa6k_22SnzVh67Y0CDTLuuyROaKnoV2ZKQ2pc8baQvyCDyGJ1szKIeZETHEfYe_3VJY-EWVOM2urmK-O8SZhMc...
by RickI
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in Spain
Replies: 16
Views: 2583

Re: Fatality in Spain

Rest in peace and strength to his pregnant wife, family and friends. My condolences go out to all impacted by this accident It seems a well experienced kiter had a bad water impact from an 8 m jump or lofting, it is unclear which, during a strong wind gust, and lost consciousness face down in the wa...
by RickI
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 43
Views: 4323

Re: Casualty in Sicily

1. Does "fire the safety" mean using the quick release to get the kite to flag out or is it the complete separation of the kite? I believe it is analogous to flagging the kite out although not all kites take that approach any more. I started calling it "emergency depowering" the kite some years bac...
by RickI
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Casualty in Sicily
Replies: 43
Views: 4323

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: 43
Views: 4323

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: 43
Views: 4323

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: 43
Views: 4323

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: 43
Views: 4323

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...

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