FredBGG wrote:Kitesurfing is out of the Olympics.
It is only out of the Olympics because of the dumb ass companies
and their almost total disregard for safety and a long term vision of a true "industry".
Just look at just about any dumb kite company video. Promotion for them seems to equate with taking stupid risks and making that the image of kite surfing.
Just look at the total lack of helmets in their videos and endless "pro" kiters doing lame ass beach buzzes at high speed in shallow water.
Just look at the story of Theo Fusban. He broke his neck in shallow water and is now a quadriplegic
IF you wonder why this pisses me off... well it's because I know a thing or two about what it means to be paralyzed. I have a cousin that is a paraplegic due to an accident.
Kitesurfing can still be incredibly spectacular and just as cool with a better approach to safety.
Thor SFBay wrote:Kiteboarding was dropped from the Olympics because of politics, not safety.
Pretty much every outdoor sport uses images of professionals doing dangerous stunts to sell the thrill. How many of us want to watch kiteboard videos of a guy wearing a helmet and impact vest going back and forth over and over again (aka "mowing the lawn")?
Lots of people want desperately to believe that there is a way to make everything 100% safe. But there isn't. It is up to you to decide if you want to do crazy stunts, wear protective gear, or race. No matter what you do, you could still get hurt or die. All you can do is decide what level of risk you are willing to put up with. I don't know much about kite racing, but if racers were getting hurt by the sharp fins on their boards, then it is up to them and their organizations to decide if they should do something about it. It is not up to the "industry" or an outside group to determine.
plummet wrote:wowa riding the shallows is dangerous we should stop doing it!. driving to the beach is even more dangerous we should stop doing that too. i kitelandboard on the sand ... no water at all. i should stop doing that its dangerous!. ,,,,, eating bacon gives you cancer.... i should stop eating bacon. ...the herbisides on the fruit i buy is bad for me, i should stop eating fruit. ahhhhhh!
Life is dangerous. We should not stop what we love to do because of the"what ifs".
I do agree tho to limit the danger to acceptable levels. Wear a helmet and make a decision about what is acceptabel risk and what isn't. I'll boost in the shallows. but only under certain consditions.
Message to the kitesurfing industry. TIME TO FUCKING GROW UP!
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