I was typing on the keyboard with a huge smile. Making up names was fun to pass time til my next session. WHich came today after I posted the comments on making the sport safer.
I had a 2 hour session on my 17. I came in to try the hellfish. I looked to my left and a guy is getting lifted while being held by another guy.
The guy let's him go (seems under control). Next thing you know he's dragged 50 feet, not letting go of the kite, and bounces like a pinball into the rocks (boulders...3rd ave). His lifeless body is twisted on the rocks as I yell for a cell phone to call an ambulance.
I was positive he was dead. Everyone was. He came to, and was a bloody mess.
He knew his name, but not much else. I'd say he was lucky...REAL lucky.
no more bashing or joking for me. You win rockstar...have fun.
I will be on other posts from now on discussing safety, and more important...training, beach edicate etc... We need to work together not against each other.
I am honestly shook up by it.
Sorry to hear about this guy. It must have been terrible to be a witness to the accident, It does tend to put a damper on a session.
I agree ,training and safety are THE most important things .
The emphasis on kite design needs to get away from the "higher.longer.quicker.loopier" spin,and put more effort into safety.
Its hard to believe that such a fun sport can be so bad when things go wrong.