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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2002 8:04 pm 
Country: United States Minor Outlying Islands
City / Region: Oahu, Hawaii
Date: 02-Dec-01
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A kitesurfing competitor had just launched his kite, with TV film crews present, and was suddenly lofted to 150' to 200' off the ground for a period of over a minute.
The kitesurfer kept his head and control of the kite and eventually landed, suffering only bruises.

Anyone seen the footage?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2002 12:48 am 
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Yes. This was recently shown on television in Hawaii as part of a special on Hawaiian watersports. I'd heard about this incident before but seeing the video footage was a mind blower!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2002 3:32 am 
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There is a little information about this incident in the KSI, 2001 volume under:

8. Incident 6 01 1

and some more under:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kiteboard/message/34927 for more info on thermals


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the only thing you can do in this situation:
stay calm and fly the baby - move it slowly around the zenith and it will bring you down again. Never ever let go in that altitude!


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