We drive cars in all sorts of weather conditions,brakes always work,unlike the safety systems on some of these kites,QR that fail death loops etc,it would be interesting if we could get stats on how many deaths and what kites they were using,reckon it make for some interesting facts,and would make kiting a safer sport,we live in a world where you can buy a water proof watch for a couple dollars and these guys cant make a qr that will not jam with sand and grit costing $600 , RIP NYC ,TONYToby wrote:sad to hear, RIP NYC kiter!
The sport has its risk...but much safer than other sports.
The problem is the bad education about the risks when getting lessons.
Time is too short, people to cheap to pay a price to not only get onto the board, but also learn the most important basics for safety and weather.
Fatalities will continue to happen. We can only advice and post such info and help other people with our knowledge on forums like this. For the rest the kiter himself is responsible. Like driving a car...
Very sorry to hear abut the NYC kiter.longwhitecloud wrote:6 deaths in 2013 at least so far (i am pretty sure i have heard of others in non english speaking countries), most on land or ended up on land. I can also think of a handful in 2013 that ended up critically injured in intensive care and survived -(couple in uk from memory).
Hard to conclude accidents are only due to bad decisions, ability and weather conditions too; but there is no doubt about one thing - we can learn from these...
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