10 Years Silke Gorldt Surfing
By now it’s already 10 years: the fatal accident of the reigning German Champion in kitesurfing and top rider of the PKRA World Cup, Silke Gorldt. On the 7th of June 2002, during the Fischland-Darß-Kitesurf Tour in Zingst at the Baltic Sea, a series of unfortunate events led to the death of the 24 years old Silke.
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Today’s safety systems probably would have prevented this tragic accident. Quick-release and other safety components on the kite didn’t exist those days. A pity that such an accident had to get things going, as from this day on the kitesurf industry started investing in safety systems. These have now developed into reliable systems to be found on every kite on the market.
Silke’s accident didn’t only cause the manufacturers to change focus and invest more in the development of the new systems. Also the retail market and the media started paying more attention to the topic safety in kitesurfing. Moreover, the education of kitesurf instructors and instruction standards were improved, in order to avoid accidents. All in all, the sport will never be hazard free or without accidents, but the new focus on safety definitely prevented (and still does!) a number of severe accidents and provided for a more safe kitesurf exercise.
Silke’s accident led to the establishment of the Silke Gorldt Surfing e.V. (SGS), which laid the basis for the first supporting measures of the kite-surfing youth in Germany. Every year SGS offers Kids Camps and Pro Camps for youth, in which the children and youth learn how to kitesurf with a focus on safety aspects. The Kitesurf-Trophy supports the SGS with three Wildcards per Pro Camp, enabling the participation in the national competitions taking place three times a year.
Silke Gorldt was the best female kitesurfer and an important stakeholder in the scene and young sport of kitesurfing. The 24 year old from southern Germany studied Political Science in Oldenburg and had great success in national and international kitesurfing contests. At last but not least, the loss and tragic death of a unique personality and an outstanding athlete did indeed (and unfortunately) serve a purpose in the sport of kitesurfing.
In memory to Silke Gorldt, SGS sincerely invites you to the ‘Zingst Sportstrand’ on the 15th of June 2012 at 18:00 pm.
The Silke Gorldt Surfing e.V (SGS) is a non-profit association promoting children and youth in the kitesurf competitive sport through focus on a safe and responsible introduction to the sport of kitesurfing. Young kite-surfers have the possibility to learn and train under full support and encouragement. Through training camps and individual attention will the talented and motivated youth kitesurfers be enabled the participation in and accompanied through German and International competitions.
Silke Gorldt Surfing e.V.
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