that is sooo sad, rip...
"in 1999 there was a death at least every month" I was around then and dont remember this being the case (maybe i missed something?) - even in 2000/2001 (there were so few kiters) but totally agree with the sentiment that riders were far more aware of respecting the realities of safety back then rather than being fed the $industry$ bull5hit about how safe kiting is today. (if that is what you are saying).
Don't be drawn into what you hear about how kiteboarding is a safe sport - especially from industry.
Enjoy kiting but it is not good practice to be blase by having the attitude that it is a safe sport ( a very ambiguous statement). It needed very careful consideration at the start and still does today - despite awesome safety advancements.
In a lot of the accidents of recent years, although making things safer, those safety advancements have still had zero effect of the outcome for many.
Kiteboarding is epic, but never downplay the safety aspect - there are not many sports where the equipment can throw you 60ft onto you head from a momentary lapse of judgement or due to the effects of erratic weather. It's a flying sport where we pilot a wing after all!
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