Toby wrote:Just curious...are there more landboarder fatalities than kitesurfing?
You would assume so? Or are handles safer?
Likely fewer - simply because fewer people landboard than kitesurf. However, while I have heard of plenty of incidents "on land", I have not heard of many that were actually while landboarding.
Handles are no safer (nor any more dangerous) than bars - it's just a control mechanism. Some of the best bars have more options for release (if you have the opportunity to activate them), some of the worst bars have even less.
The main difference between land/water is that you can use less power on land - IF you choose.
Also the wind can be less stable, but again that's often a matter of choice (what location you are at and what direction the wind is blowing). That picture looks like a nice open beach, but if there's a cliff in the background and it was blowing offshore, the wind might not have been quite so nice.