Toby, the simple fact is Rick made stuff up about this accident to fit his model of how accidents happen. When I pointed that out he instantly laid into a personal attack against me and posted a bunch of crap to promote himself. This is what he does when anyone disagrees with him. This is helping no one in this sport.Toby wrote:Satan: the wind got stronger, if gust or not, it was too much and too onshore for the guys riding. Fact.
Have you ever put only 1% off the work of Rick into all of this, trying to make people aware of the dangers and helping with options to survive situations like this?
You don't even use your own name, hide behind a virtual name. Why should anyone pay attention to what you say?
isn't that what Rick is saying? Isn't that what has been discussed in another topic already? So we agree on it.The prudent kiter will bring his kite low, and pull the plug when approaching the shore in sever weather.
Satan: you don't agree...what would you have done in this situation?
This business about having the kite low will save your ass is a complete myth. Promoting it doesn't help anyone.
First going out in such conditions was risky but was not the primary cause of the accident. The primary cause of the accident was oversteering the kite when overpowered. Once out, when the wind got weird, he should have unhooked and been using a 5th line leash or some sort of leash where he is confident the kite would flag. When he didn't do that, he definitely should not have sent the kite like you would for a jump. Once airborne, he should have let go of the bar.
Keeping the kite low would not have helped him. Rick claiming there was some sudden 70 knot gust out of nowhere that "lofted" him is a lie.
Rick is all into safety, but yet he holds the bar at the end which facilitates oversteering the kite. Before he starts "calling the pot black", he should look at himself.