No, bad advice, closed cell water foils should never be hot launched, unless its really light winds.stanroc wrote:Foils can be hot launched as long as it is not inflated. The kite then inflates on its way to the zenith, slowly powering up as it gets into more and more of the "right" shape before getting completely inflated at the zenith.
In high wind conditions, however it can be very dangerous.
How much space is there downwind at the sandpoole site?
Hope the guy gets a full recovery.
I'm second to to thatchemosavi wrote:Tobsters, ANybody home? You've banned many for much less. In fact I can't think of anyone who's flamed more that this dipshit.
I'm so sorry to hear that, it does really suck. Let us know whether there's any support we can offer at all, as KF community.robbygk wrote:After Going back to the beach and talking to some of the guys who where there when it happen, more has come to light.
Yes, the foil was hot launched on a very gusty day
Yes, he was lofted towards the road and myself and one other tried to get him back on the ground and get to his safety.
The bit that i didn't see because I was trying to stop the poor guy from flying away, was as he reached for his safety, he down looped his kite. This was the thing that flung him into the car.
From what we've be told from the hospital, he got a 5% chance of regaining the movement in his arms. The outlooks not good.
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