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Landboarder Fatality, Sellen Beach, UK

Postby RickI » Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:26 pm

My sincere regrets go out to this man's family and friends on his tragic loss.



More information at:

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/viewartic ... ?id=511948
http://community.flexifoil.com/showthread.php?t=121618

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Postby Toby » Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:31 pm

my condolences as well!

Just curious...are there more landboarder fatalities than kitesurfing?

You would assume so? Or are handles safer?

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Postby RickI » Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:35 pm

Toby wrote:my condolences as well!

Just curious...are there more landboarder fatalities than kitesurfing?

You would assume so? Or are handles safer?
I would think there may be been others but I have no specifics. It was indicated that the man was lofted 40 ft. high. Considering the normal size kites needed and the width of the beach at low tide, I would think it must have been a very strong gust.

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http://farm1.static.flickr.com/219/5083 ... 84.jpg?v=0

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Postby Feng » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:05 pm

very sad to read this.
Let's us try to make something good from this tragedy:

Tom Sellen, a YHA chef living in Coniston, was airlifted to Furness General Hospital with severe head injuries after a gust of wind threw him 45ft into the air at Silecroft beach on May 28.

An air ambulance spokesman said Mr Sellen had been kite boarding. An eyewitness claimed he was not wearing a helmet.

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Postby sq225917 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:30 pm

im not aware of any other UK landboarding fatalities. the lads on flexi would know for sure.

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Postby Tom183 » Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:39 pm

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.

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Postby afflatus » Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:26 pm

No helmet?

Yeah, like that was the problem?

45 ft.? (that's like falling from a four or five story building)

Yikes...poor guy

nobody lets go, or pulls it in time: you either see it coming and act, or you take the hit...that's the ultimate truth here

R.I.P.
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Postby sq225917 » Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:38 am

tom, landboarding might not be big in the States, but there are more landboarders than kitesurfers for sure worldwide. it's huge in the UK and parts of Europe.

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Postby domdino » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:15 am

That sucks, my condolences go out to him and his family...

Landboarding is huge in england :)

I've heard of many more kite surfing fatalities than landboarding, landboarding you might not always go out in as much wind but most of us use the same kites as kitesurfers, Toby, the majority of landboarders i know don't use handles - use depowerable foils and some use usual kite surfing kites...

Buggies are the main gang who like handles... Flexi Blades are the only good landboarding kite that uses handles IMO :)

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Postby Ozone Kites AUS » Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:13 am

Sad, really sad, best wished to his family and friends.

It was inevitable IMO and I think there will be lots more. There is a push to do all the tricks that kitesurfers do, on land, its insane!
More and more people are being seduced by pictures on forums and in magazines of the latest insane mave survived on land.
I'm hearing about strapped in buggiers, and landboarders doing powered rotating kite loops on land, its only a matter of time before there is another.
And for every death there will be dozens maimed, crippled and in pain for life, all for 15 secs of fame, when it could be done on water in relative safety.

Its time the industry took a stance and disapproved of land jumping kite sports, just do not promote it.
Some will always do it, let them, its their choice, but lets not promote kite powered land jumping as if it were easy and without potentially fatal or life negative consequences!

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