Tone wrote:Toby wrote:I am really glad you made it and shared your story with us.
I am sure this will help to save some lives!
Wow, what a story.
And I am even more happy, that I prefer to fly a big kite in lighter winds...I limit my risk a lot by doing this. My smallest kite is a 14 and I barely use it.
For people who just like to have fun without worrying too much about safety, think about it...
mr moon, welcome back to life and enjoy it!!!
Toby, don't think this can't happen on a big kite! it can!
I also wonder about a sacrificial part on a leash line? ie something designed to fail if more than X kg's of force is applied to it?. It would work in normal qr safety line situations but if you saw full power on the leash it would snap and release the kite?
Toby wrote:Sure Tone, everything is possible.
Still, a big kite loops slower. I once crashed on the beach and my 16 starts to loop...I get dragged on the beach, but consistent pull, just sliding along.
Do it with a 9, you are more likely to get a hard pull and hit the ground hard.
And, this guy was out in 40 knots, sounded not like suddenly a storm came.
Then a big kite in lighter wind is way safer...just do a minimal steering...there comes your answer.
And if you take a big kite and get into a storm, you alteady made a mistake.
Check forecasts, check clouds, and e sensible to the wind...and you will avoid trouble.
mr moon wrote:....
From now on, for me it's going to be all about SAFETY, more than ever before!
My tips are:
1. NEVER CLIP YOUR LEASH TO THE BACK OF THE HARNESS.
2. NEVER GO OUT ON YOUR OWN OR IN REMOTE AREAS IN BIG CONDITIONS.
3. ALWAYS CARRY 2 KNIFES, ONE IN THE HARNESS AND ONE IN YOUR SHORTS OR AROUND YOUR NECK, AND ABOVE ALL GET FAMILIAR WITH THEM, TRAIN TO USE THEM FAKING EMERGENCY SCENARIOS.
4. THINK ABOUT SAFETY AND SAFETY SYSTEMS MORE, NOT JUST KITE FLYING SPECS. SAFETY IS NOT A BEGINNER ISSUE. GET FAMILIAR WITH YOUR RELEASE SYSTEMS, TRAIN HOW TO USE THEM AND TEST THEM BEFORE EACH SESSION.
5. DO NOT TRUST OR USE CHICKEN LOOPS WHICH CAN COME OFF, SOME OF THEM DO, AVOID THEM AS THEY CAN EASILY KILL YOU.
6. LEARN CPR, DO A COURSE OR ORGANISE ONE LOCALLY FOR ALL SURFERS, YOU CAN SAVE LIVES.
7. LIFE IS ATTACHED TO A THIN STRING (JUST LIKE THE KITE LINES), APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE AND BE GRATEFUL AS YOU CAN LOOSE IT AT ANY TIME UNEXPECTEDLY. ENJOY THE MOMENT, THE NOW. SPREAD LOVE AND PEACE
KITE SAFE, ALWAYS
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