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by edt
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Cut away knives. Bear Claw revisited.
Replies: 40
Views: 8277

Re: Cut away knives. Bear Claw revisited.

A long time ago after looking around at the different options I started carrying a CRKT Bear Claw. It was a great all round package and more than up to the job, bar one drawbac i dont like the bearclaw. You need to stick your index finger in the hole for a firm grip and I dont see it happening. For...
by edt
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
Replies: 290
Views: 48735

Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.

there are some a$$hole instructors with no moral or regard for a students safety, only looking to make a quick buck
I don't think kiteboard instructors are in it for the money. You could make more money being the squeegee guy at the stop light
by edt
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
Replies: 290
Views: 48735

Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.

There is something I think it hasn't been mentioned. In this case and some others of kites death looping on this forum, seems one of the major issues the kiter faced is being unable to push or activate the QR . . . . Once a kite loops around 3 or 4 times, there are no quick releases which work beca...
by edt
Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is needed :
Replies: 112
Views: 9571

Re: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is neede

This is a nice looking knife... http://www.botachtactical.com/bokersubcamfb.html I don't really want to think about lofting to hard object. Not much to do about that except to know your conditions. why not think about it. How about this device. Instead of a chicken loop with a quick release you hav...
by edt
Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:13 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is needed :
Replies: 112
Views: 9571

Re: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is neede

The most important thing is don't over think this French accident just because it's recent. This particular accident is not typical and if you design a safety system for this particular situation, where the kite is looping and you have seconds or even minutes to act, you are not solving the worst pr...
by edt
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is needed :
Replies: 112
Views: 9571

Re: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is neede

I'm very interested in this as well... How about if I'm just out as a normal kiter and I see a runaway kite and kiter... What can I do? You might be able to race downwind after the looping kite and catch it. If the kiter hasn't already flagged out , chances are his safety is jammed. If you have a h...
by edt
Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is needed :
Replies: 112
Views: 9571

Re: With 1 Death already, Design for a safty device is neede

Electronics for a fail safe in salt water? Impossible.

Training is better. Set a kite in a loop with a dummy, chase after with your own kite (in protective gear, flotation, leather gloves, helmet etc.), try to catch the run away kite. It's something we never train, but it could be a lifesaver.
by edt
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
Replies: 290
Views: 48735

Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.

I have windsurfed there many times and with N-W winds averaging 15 to 20 you will get gusts way beyond that. Also since when was 5 knots difference a huge difference? Here is the wind according to the Étang de Thau sensor on wind alert for Monday 5 September 2011 when you go from 15 knots to 20 kno...
by edt
Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
Replies: 290
Views: 48735

Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.

I know the area an used to windsurf there. When the wind is 5 to 6 bft it is expert conditions or at least intermediate with an appropriately small kite or sail. There is a sentence missing in the translation you read. "Le vent se révèle être conforme aux prévisions ainsi que les relevés en temps r...
by edt
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
Replies: 290
Views: 48735

Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.

Rene was 60+ and he was being dragged with his board on a board leash. A board on a leash will drag you under water if your kite starts to loop. He was more than half drowned before the "crazy boat over the lines" antics. He most likely died from drowning induced heart attack. But what really kille...

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