I'm quite sorry to hear about this tragic accident.
If anything going forward, we can learn from this and hopefully avoid a similar situation happening in the future.
In one post I saw on another forum, it noted he was riding a 9m with gusts over 30knots. Was it close to 30 knots while he was out riding his 9m prior to the accident? Or did it just suddenly creep up to that much wind? I'd be out on a 5m if it was me or not have my kite in the air and wait for it to drop off or pack up and go home.
It was gusting, from high teens to 30 odd, fine for a 9m edge if you know what you are doing, which he did.
What got him was a crazy freak squall which incidentally seemed to hit over a large part of the metro coast, going above 40 knots. Have talked to a few crew who were out at the same or similar time and had to flag and prey.
It was a crazy day though, I went down three times and drove home three times. I just couldn't pick one size that would cover the wind speed changes.
It was a combination of a number of factors that did the job, not just the wind speed changes.
The fund is well above 20k and being someone who attended his funeral it was plain to see this was a huge loss to his friends, the kiting community and of course his family. A well liked person who gave a lot of himself to those around him.