Kiteflying is safer than basejumping anyways and definatly not something the average kiter should do.. but for those who know the risks and prepare accordingly.. no worries..
have a good one
Agreed, provided the risk takers really do understand the risks as well as reasonably possible.
In this thread I saw a case where this may not have been so, which is why I raised the concern about bladder/fitting/casing failure. It appears the kiter didn't consider this as a considerable risk, apparently because he'd been lucky so far.
So, I'm using this forum to respectfully suggest great care be taken regarding this risk. Based on my own experience, C-kite designs are generally survivable with lost leading edge bladder pressure, but Bow/SLE/Hybrid designs aren't.
Obviously, faulty or compromised casing stitching can cause a problem, as can bladder damage or faulty or poorly seated single-point-inflation jumpers. One other area that's easy to miss: many bladder inflation valves/caps rely on a discreet o-ring not only for a seal but also to keep the cap and/or valve on tight. If an o-ring gets knocked off, which happens, it's easy not to notice. The cap/valve will look normal and seem to function normally, except that during flight the cap/valve will tend to work its way loose.
There are many sports involving carefully calculated and managed risks, including many flying sports, but 'calculated risk' is much easier to say than to demonstrate . Many people who inadvertently mistake uncalculated risk for calculated risk cause their families and friends immense pain or end up in wheelchairs (including several of my close friends), and compromise future prospects for their sport. Best to do all we can to constantly strive to stay out of that group.