I just came across this on the BKSA list at:
http://220.127.116.11/forum/display_to ... Position=1
"I bumped into a local kitesurfer that I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen on the water for quite a while and he preceded to tell me why, One day late last year he was at a local spot, Par Beach down here in Cornwall, he decided to go out, his skill level is still very much a beginner come intermediate, not yet jumping but could go upwind, It was a winters day and there were no other kitesurfers around to help launch or land, he put up a kite that was slightly too big and he was over powered so he wanted to land the kite.
Now here is where things went a bit pear shaped, somehow his safety kite leash had come undone, you have all probably been in the same situation where the leash is hanging just out of reach in front of you, you can run towards it but it just swings away from you, well anyway, he tried and tried to reach it but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so in the end he asked a passer by to reach it for him, well now the helpful Joe public grabbed the safety lease and not knowing the consequences pulled on it, to the kitesurfers complete shock the kite went into a loop in the power zone totally overpowered and hence he was lofted big time, hit the beach, lofted again and come down in the dunes and managed to get out the loop when the lines went slack, the kite went over and landed in the camp site and he was in a heap on the floor, he thought he had a broken leg and had a free trip in the air ambulance.
It turned out he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t broken his leg but had dislocated his hip and had to stay in traction for so many weeks, with a bolt put through his heel to attach the traction, he still wants to get on the water, so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a great attitude! But I suppose the moral of the story is to never trust the unskilled public with a power kite."
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