I am very sorry about this rider's loss. It sounds like he was a asset to kiting and a good guy to help you out when things go south. My sincere condolences to his wife, young son and friends. It would be good to try to learn from this to try to spare others such tragic losses in the future if we can.
I understand there were extensive BOM warnings about this major storm to hit the area days in advance. It was said to bring violent weather which may hit the area once or twice a year. It hit the night before the day of the accident. Winds were forecast to be in excess of 125 km/hr or 68 kts. in squalls. A record wind of almost 80 kts. was recorded in the area in the early morning. 20,000 homes lost power over night, roofs were blown off and large trees knocked down. There were powerful squalls embedded in this strong cold front bringing violent winds. Much of this happened overnight and things may have calmed during the day although it looks like more strong winds came through the evening of the 22nd.
How were conditions at the time of the accident? Was a squall line moving in from the west spiking the wind when the accident happened?
The problem was the two fronts were so close together it was impossible to pick the line of the westerly front, it was like the two air masses were mixing and mashing and it would drop to 12,13 then up and beyond 35 all day. I drove down three times and three times I went back home.
He wasn't a kook guys an experienced kiter. All of us need to take heed. Sad days.