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 Post subject: *** Kiter Severely Injured - UPDATE 2.14.05 ***
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:44 pm 
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Claudio Silva, last on the lower left and some of the gang in Miami, USA.

Claudio Silva, well known creator of kitefury.com, kiteboarding videographer and self-employed computer consultant
was lofted and severely injured while kiteboarding in Miami, FL, USA last week on New Year's Eve.

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Claudio Silva's creation - http://kitefury.com/


Claudio is hospitalized with:

- Paralysis in both legs below the knee
- A broken back
- A skull fracture
- 6 broken ribs among other injuries.

We are hopeful that he will walk again and fully recover but only time will tell.


Claudio’s road to recovery will no doubt be long, and, unfortunately, he has no medical insurance. To help out Claudio and his new wife, Eva, his friends have organized an amazing fundraising event!!

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Claudio seeking surf and finding Mickey

On Saturday January 15th, at 5pm, there will be a Seafood Paella and Sangria cookout at the North Miami home of Master Chef and Kiteboarder Luco Romero.

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Chef Luco's Paella!

In addition to delicious food and a great crowd, there will be a raffle and silent auction, all to raise money for Claudio! This benefit/cookout/raffle is shaping up to be a must attend kiteboarding event for all Florida riders! People will be driving in from all over!!

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Chef Luco takes a tasty rack of Pneumatic Bronto ribs out to Fred Flintstone's car!

The raffle and auction items are outstanding: kites, clothing, gear, tasty beverages, gorgeous gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, yoga classes, martial arts classes… And the list is growing!!!

(Even if you cannot attend the cookout, you can still buy raffle tickets!! When you send your donation via PayPal or check (see below), just send an extra $5.00 per raffle ticket.

Claudio's kiteboarding video work and commericial DVDs will be digitally projected on the big screen to bring kiteboarding even more into focus at this special event.

Claudio is known for his excellent taste in music and collection which will be played for the enjoyment of all throughout the evening.

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Claudio and friend

Cookout and raffle details appear in the next post.


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** Cash donations are also being requested to helpout Claudio until he can get back to work. **


Please send donations in one of three ways:


A.PayPal - NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED*

(*Be sure to click "If you do not currently have a PayPal account IF you don't have an account).

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JUST CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION IN LIEU OF RAFFLE TICKETS USING PAYPAL
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B. or to the trust account at Bank Of America:
Checks should be made out to the order of:

"Lucien Volcy ITF Claudio Silva Medical Expenses"
(Please list "# 005504212551" on the memo line)

note: ITF = "In Trust For"

and mail it to:

Bank Of America
13450 West Dixie Hwy.
North Miami, FL 33161


C. or they can be sent via wire transfer to the Trust Account using:
Bank Of America Act.# 005504212551 Routing# 063100277
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With your help, needed medical care and God's Mercy we hope to see Claudio walking again and fully recovered.



If you have questions please call the phone numbers listed below or by email to:

Luco
loraluco@hotmail.com

Karen
karen@ozonetravel.com

Thank you in advance for your donations. We hope to see you at the cookout.
Friends of Claudio Silva


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The details on the cookout follow:

Seafood Paella Cookout and Raffle
Luco's House at
433 NE 123 St.
North Miami, FL 33161
Phone 305-981-1026
Cell 305-360-7484
CLICK FOR MAP!

Saturday, January 15, 2005
5 pm until ???
(See below for directions)

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Claudio in the mountains.


*************** PLEASE NOTE ****************

- Cookout Donation: $25. USD (or higher, your choice) per person
- Raffle Tickets: $5. that is FIVE DOLLARS each for larger ticket items
- A silent auction for clothing, videos and related items will also be held

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*** CASH RECEIPTS FROM THE COOKOUT, RAFFLE TICKETS AND SILENT AUCTION WILL BE DONATED TO HELP OUT CLAUDIO. ***


The kiteboarding industry has very generously responded with some INCREDIBLE product raffle donations. Please see the next post for details.

The Florida Kitesurfing Association is paying for the food for the cookout.


**If you have raffle donations please contact Luco or Karen at the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.



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Pete Cabrinha, Oliver and Claudio in the back at the Kiteboard Master Competition in Miami in 2002.


Directions to Luco's house -

Traveling south on I95:
Exit at 125th St., Take a left at the light off of the exit ramp. At the 5th light (Griffing Blvd). take a right (south). Turn left at 123rd St. (you can only turn left and if you've reached the light at West Dixie Hwy you've gone too far). 2 story mustard color house on your left right before the stop sign.

Traveling north on I95
Exit at 125th St. Turn right at the light off of the exit ramp. At the 4th light (Griffing Blvd.) take a right. Turn left at 123rd St (you can only turn left - and if you reached the light at West Dixie Hwy you've gone too far). 2 story mustard color house on your left right before the stop sign.

Traveling from 75
75 turns into 924 which turns into Gratigny Parkway which turns into NW 119th St. Keep traveling east on 119th St. until you reach West Dixie Highway. Turn left on West Dixie Highway - pass through the light at Griffing Blvd and take your first left after that light (123rd St). You'll see the house when you are in the turn lane - 2 story mustard color house.

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Friends at the end of the day


Thank you in advance for your donations. We hope to see you at the cookout.
Friends of Claudio Silva
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Photos and discriptions believed to be SIMILAR to prizes that have been pledged for donation by leaders in the Kiteboarding industry and MANY other businesses appear below. Actual donated articles may differ and more information will be announced at the time of the raffle. Links to the donor websites are also provided below for additional product information.

NOTE: Stop back by as more prizes are being donated over the next several days!


THANKS TO ALL THE GENEROUS COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS!!!



And Here Are The Prizes!!!!


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Adventure Sports (distributor for Cabrinha)

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A 23.5 m Contra Kite!!! with bag and pump and a Cabrinha Impact Vest
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Baires Grille
Dinner for four at this excellent SoBe Argentinian Bistro!











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Best Kiteboarding

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8 m NEMESIS KITE!!! , bag and pump
Trainer Kite
Kiteboarding 101 Video











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Caution Kites

A Caution Redline 132 complete with pads, straps, handle, and G10 fins!

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An executive (that kiteboards) with this national recruiting firm will assist five individuals with their resumes










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DC Kiteboards

A CUSTOM Bob Marley Kiteboard!











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East Coast Kiteboarding

A 6 Hour "Rip Up Wind Beginner Kiteboard Instructional Package"











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Florida Kiting

Two free registrations to Florida Kiting's Second Annual Jupiter Kite Invasion Competition - January 28 - 30, 2005!

For photos of last year's fun event in Jupiter, FL, USA checkout the FKA column at: http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=131













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Footcare Express


A gift certificate for a pair of Naot or Bite sandals.












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Fuertaventura, Spain, - TWO one week stays for four people within 30 minutes of kitebeach including an EcoTour!

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Parques Holandes is a small complex of "town" houses (apartments set over 2 floors) set within well maintained gardens, it's a quiet sleepy kind of place, ideal if you are looking for rest and relaxation. There is a minimarket, and restaurants, all within a few minutes walk. Only 5 minutes by car are the Grandes Playa, some of the best beaches in Europe, with spectacular sand dunes. The main one is Flag Beach which caters for kite and windsurf - join experts from all over the world and test your skills to the limit.

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Outside
Patio with table, chairs and barbecue, gardens and communal pool.

Travel
Car and taxi journey from airport takes 20 minutes. If a taxi is needed we can arrange one. Although not essential, car hire is recommended. An hourly bus service (main road bus stop) stops at the beaches and Corralejo.

Further details
Although the second largest of the Canary Islands Fuerteventura was, until recently, a relatively unknown holiday destination, but visitors can still get away from it all - especially to the miles of uncrowded sandy beaches, undoubtedly the most enthralling features of the island are the magnificent sand dunes. Schools cater for all windsurfing abilities, the main one is Flag Beach Windsurf Centre which is a 10 minute drive from Parque Holandes. 15 minutes drive away is the bustling resort of Corralejo, where there is a very good selection of resort amenities, including many varieties of restaurants from Chinese to Mexican with fast foods and traditional Tapas bars. Fuerteventura is some 60 miles off the north West African coast which means a temperate climate, little rain and long hours of sunshine.

Flag beach is in the north of Fuerteventura on the road driving out of Corralejo. The wind is predominantly cross-shore and Flag beach is the start of some 6-7 km of white sand, where we have about 3 km for kitesurfing. The best months for kitesurfing are March to November. This is when the sea tends to be flat and the wind consistent. During the winter months it can become too wavy and though it might be good.













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Hana Crew
Hana Crew II

A 120 cm Matrix Kiteboard!











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ikitesurf.com

FIVE Annual ikitesurf.com Wireless Web Memberships!

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Island Surf & Sail

An 8 Hour Lesson Package (Complete Kiteboarding Course - Beginner)











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Key-Biscayne.com

Design, registration and hosting of one webpage for one year at no charge on http://www.key-biscayne.com . This will also include inclusion in the business index of http://www.key-biscayne.com

















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KiteAdventures.com

A 3-night/4-day intro kite surfari for two in the northeast of Brazil with Kite Adventures!

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The Kiteboarder Magazine
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WindReels

An annual subscription to The Kiteboarder Magazine, 2005 Kiteboarding Calendar and a copy of WindReels #1 have been donated by the crew at KBmag.com










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Kiteboarding Magazine

Two 1 Year Subscriptions To Kiteboarding Magazine











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Kiteflix

Three copies of 3 copies of the KiteFlix Best of DVD

AND KiteFlix IS DONATING A VIDEO SHOOT!!! The video will be digitally filmed, edited and posted on KiteFLix. The winner will also receive a full copy the video shoot on DVD. GET THIS, as long as you are at a USA location to which American Airlines flys George Saunders should be able to come to YOU to shoot your session!









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Kiteforum.com

Two tee shirts modeled by the World Champ AND worldwide advertising for this deserving cause!!!

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World Champions Klitschko
SIGNED Boxing Gloves From The World Heavy Weight Boxing Champions!!!

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* Vitali Wladimirovich Klitschko kiteboards and between bouts likes a good shredding session. Vitali models a Kiteforum tee shirt above.










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Liquid Force

A 2005 Element 134 cm kiteboard with straps and pads!

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Merrill Lynch

A COMPLETE financial plan from
Scott Wilson
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Consultant











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MiamiKiteboarding.com

1 Complete training package ( 8 hrs of lessons)
2 IKO kiteboarders workbook
1 IKO Vision kitesurfing manual.











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Nestle-Waters Cheney Bros.


400 bottles of water!








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The Palms Hotel, South Beach

A THREE DAY, TWO NIGHT stay at this superb ocean front luxury hotel in the heart of SoBe!

















From Phil , a kiteboarder!

NEW Dakine Tabu Waist Harness and Dakine Pro Kite Porter bag

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THANKS PHIL!













Red Bull
Red Bull

Cases of Red Bull Energy Drink











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Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Tennis Clinic

A tennis clinic at the Key Biscayne Ritz Carlton











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Chef Luco Romero will prepare a paella dinner for TWENTY-FIVE people!












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RRD

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12 m TYPE 6 KITE!!!, bag and pump












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SBC Kiteboard Magazine

A TWO YEAR subscription to SBC Kiteboard Magazine!






Sevensports
Sevensports.com

Lots of kiteboarding clothing, a Protec Helmet and More








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Skybanditz.com

One Three Hour Private Kiteboarding Lesson











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Solexico

A week of Spanish classes at Solexico and kite in paradise!










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TAM, The Brazilian Airline

*** TWO ROUNDTRIP TICKETS FROM MIAMI TO FORTALEZA, BRAZIL!!!! ***
Fly into one of the hottest growing kiteboarding destinations and checkout this beautiful and exciting country thanks to TAM!!!


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Transcend

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Two Kiteboarding Tee Shirts From Transcend








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Tropicana

10 cases of beverage products
A Deluxe Golf Bag!












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Ultranectar

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2 Jackets
2 Water Pants
2 Board Shorts
2 Tee Shirts











the waterboard
/// THE WATERSPORTS AUTHORITY

the waterboard (in the UK)

a NORTH Summer Steamer (long leg, short arm) and a PRO TECH Ace Wake Helmet (including postage and packing).

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Water-Play.com

The Andres Kiteboarding Safety Package!

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(Or other impact vest)













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Water Sports, LLC

Six Stream Machines!
For photos and details CLICK HERE













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Wave Zone Surf & Skim

A SQUIRT skimboard


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X-Shooter

One Unhook Leash from X-Shooter

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XTREM ENERGY DRINK
10 CASES OF XTREM ENERGY DRINK!








And New Additions!

Eye-die hand crafted apparel

12 Forever Flashlights

2 Police watches

4 Escada Margaretha Leys

Tonino Lamborghini gift beauty set for men

10 Marsiods - bring girls to there knees

10 Venusoids - bring guys to there knees

2 Tee Shirts From Transcend

Island Athletics, Key Biscayne – Prince Pro Tennis Bag

Ad Gustum Market, Key Biscayne – lunch for three (3) people

3 months (3x 1month) Karate classes, courtesy of Academy of Martial Arts, Key Biscayne/Coconut Grove


Feijoada (Classic, traditional, delicious Brazilian stew!) for 10 people, courtesy of Priscilla Buzaneli Catering

Veronica Vidal, Integral Yoga – 3x Gift Certificates for 5 yoga classes

Sir Pizza -gift certificate

Biscayne Nature Center - Family Membership




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MORE DONATION PLEDGES ARE ON THE WAY SO STAY TUNED!!!

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Thanks you for your help and donations in building this groundswell of support for Claudio in his time of need.


We hope to see you at the cookout.
Friends of Claudio Silva


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Please help Claudio! Even if you don't live in Florida to attend the cookout, your generous donations VIA the paypal account will be so greatly appreciated!


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sad sad news...
I wish good health and fast recovery to Claudio.
Rick,
Could you provide more details on the accident?
Wind? Kite Size? QR? and all that...
thanks


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Soul Surfer wrote:
sad sad news...
I wish good health and fast recovery to Claudio.
Rick,
Could you provide more details on the accident?
Wind? Kite Size? QR? and all that...
thanks


All the details will eventually be posted. We are still learning about what happened. For now though it would be best to focus on Claudio to try to help him if we can.

Looking back over the some of the severe accidents that I have heard about in the past few months I can talk about some precautions that those sad events underscored in a separate thread as soon as I can type it up in a few minutes at:

http://www.kiteforum.com/phpbb/viewtopi ... highlight=


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Photos, more information and NEW DONATION PLEDGES have been added. More donations are on the way. Please join in and help.

NOTE: IF THE IMAGES are slowing down the loading of this thread too much, please PM ricki and I will create a parallel thread with smaller images.

Thank you,

Friends of Claudio Silva


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Very sad news. :cry: An unfortunate example of how quickly things can go wrong even for experienced kiteboarders. I guess we'll wait for the specifics and learn from it, and hope Claudio's recovery is positive.. The accounts and how to avoid them do come up from time to time and hopefully more people will absorb them in addition to discussing if sliders are gay or not, who pees in their wetsuit and if everybody's favorite whipping boy is photoshop'ing pics or not. Human nature I suppose, forgive the mild rant....May Claudio have a speedy recovery...


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Hi everybody!!!!

This is Oliver from Miami, and i consider myself one of Claudios good friends. Lets all pray and help him out as much as we can.......for as all i can say for my part, is that he is one class guy.....................keep fighting for all of us my good friend........

OLIVER


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Really sad news, but he's gonna get well soon :thumb: . This type of accident makes you realize that even at the safest looking spot like Crandon accident's can happen.

To all the kiters please be carefull during this season.

Bruno


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