Anyone that has ridden in large areas of the Bahamas, Florida and areas bordering the Gulf Of Mexico have been influenced by Rita for several days. So, yes probably 1000's of kiteboarders have been out in the fringes of it. Fortunately no one has been severely hurt or killed that I have heard about, as a result of frequent feeder band squalls despite odds to the contrary. I was able to find one image, among others, posted above.
Good luck to all the people trying to get out of the way of this monster. I hope the damage is far less than currently anticipated and that the storm continues to weaken.
There will likely be more powerful hurricanes in the tropics here and elsewhere in the world over the next couple of decades perhaps as a result of long term cycles or global warming. More about this at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/ ... -headlines
Some former hurricanes have headed over to Europe to interact with fall cold fronts. Similar systems claimed two experienced riders last week in Europe. Just because it's blowing doesn't mean it is worth going, kiteboarding anyway. Heads up and have a care.