marlboroughman wrote:Brasil is one thing inland kiting is quite the other. When I go south I don't need any safety what so ever. Give me jammed CL, micro loop the worst looping bridled kite offshore wind you name it, I will be fine. When I am back home with gusty winds cold water obstacles etc it's a different ball game. I just came back from kiting down south and I don't even feel like getting out.
Condolences to the family.
This is certainly a worthy thread to explore the technical root cause of the problem, aside from the spot conditions at the time, which may or may not have contributed to the root cause (ie.. there were other riders out and they were fine).
It would be especially noteworthy that kite co's take interest in supporting this effort for the benefit of all and the sport, and not just focus their efforts on producing snazzy vids or clever marketing (yes that has its place).
My question, is why would he not use the knife, did he become unconscious? tangled? any signs of this? any signs of trying to use the lines knife? should it be more accessible? I agree with many technical observations regarding hitching and crossed bridles (has happened to me).. what about hypothermia? was that a factor? would a helmet have helped if he became unconscious from hitting his head? was there any signs of trauma? I hope we could get some answers for our own edification and safety. Kite on..