longwhitecloud wrote: snip
We are all grown up enough to know that driving a car to the beach is more dangerous, snip.
bnthere wrote:that is a good accumulation of info, even if a bit morbid
i would also say that adverse and changing weather, although obviously posing a risk, cannot be blamed for hardly any injuries or situations in kiteboarding.
kiters that are not prepared to disable their kites can be blamed. hurricane fay guy is a good example. he wasnt "lofted", he sent himself through a powered, wide arching kiteloop ( a couple times) he had more than ample time to disable and land his own kite before any of that happened, never mind taking the first and most obvious step of letting go of the bar as things went wrong. (which he never did throughout his entire amazing ride.) that is bad kiteboarding. nothing more. even if he was on a high depower kite instead of a fuel or whatever he had in the air, it wouldnt have mattered because he never let go anyways, nevermind disabled it.
markchatwin wrote:Out the other day holding on to a friend's 9m Best Waroo when weather changed from about 13 mph to gusts to 30mph. Clouds were dark, pelting rain, even sun in the distance. Weather was very unstable however the weather forecast did not call for this instability or squall. I thought it was just going to rain. I was trying to depower frantically when simply put I was lofted right up in the air 10-15 feet and flew through the air maybe 25 feet and landed feet followed by ass in a foot of water. Another 50 feet was the parking lot, cars, trees and houses... I instinctively held on to the bar which helped the lift. I was thinking this was gonna be a little "pick up" until I kept going...
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