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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:05 am 
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I'm a white haired kitesurfer, I might not be an extreme kiter but I am on the water cruising and jumping for the day, not just an hour or two. If you really want to get in on current kite teaching action you better start considering it a family sport. Last August I stopped in Hood River Oregon and found I was one of many "old guys" (and gals) on the water. Wake up and smell the money!
Regarding the accident? I would recommend no more than 2 in a class. Though I know there are places with as many as 8:1 student teacher ratio, there is no way an instructor can effectively and safely handle 4 or more students.


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:36 am 
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Yes I feel we all thought KNIFE at the same point in the story. But there wasn't and someone has paid the ultimate price.

I can only imagine how this instructor is feeling and trying to cope with this tragedy not to mention the deceased family.

Brave chap letting us all know the exact details and yes it was a chilling story, even more so that is was true.

Rest in peace.


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:39 pm 
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Reading the instructors statement ,he says could not open QR because bar was pushing against it,this is a design flaw in QR, every qr should work in this situation,eg north,ozone,etc,the chances of this are slim,but try telling that to his family,and a line cutter would have been useless in this situation because line is covered with pvc,but you would think person that designed there new QR would have learned from this tragic accident,new QR will not release If bar jams against it OMG, TONY


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:35 am 
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Can someone please explain how the board attached by a boardleash acts like an anchor when the kite starts looping? Shouldn't the board get dragged out of the water?


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:07 am 
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Board can easily submarine when being dragged with a board leash


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:39 am 
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not to mention recoil. Something WILL happen eventually if you wear a leash with a tt.


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:53 am 
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So leash + surfboard is ok?


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:58 am 
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no leash is the solution.


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:45 pm 
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A board on a leash sort of behaves like these diving fishing lures do.


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 Post subject: Re: beginner death in france, detailed by the teacher.
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:56 pm 
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Quote (teacher) i screamed through the radio to QR and headed towards him,in less than a minute i was at his side; In one minute you could QR at least 20 + times. (QUOTE)I ran at the rear i catched him he was in a panic and drank some water,i told him to QR and he said he coudent , this is an ex windsurfer sailor and he coudent QR . I beleive that qr was faulty ,please can somebody confirm what QR (RENE RIP) was using,this is very important,thanks TONY.


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