What a bunch of douchebags. You were so stoked about the last pier jump. And you're so stoked about this one and the next one. But just how much more time do you really think is going to pass before some KiteForum reader FAILS in his attempt to stoke you? And when that happens, you can bet we will get lots of coverage - not the 30 second "gee wow" news clip, but I'm talking about a twenty-minute segment on 60 Minutes. And yes, it will include clips of all the pier jumps that you are so stoked about. They will play each of those clips once. And then the final clip, the one where the dude smacks his head into the pier and his body goes limp before getting dragged into the beach by his kite - that clip they'll play OVER and OVER again while countless voices talk about the dangers of kiting to the kiters and to the general public.
Please save this page somewhere in your browser. That way, when this all comes true a year from now or a few years from now, and when you think you're experiencing dejavu, you can come back to this thread and realize, no, actually you're just a douchebag.
Tell me...in the 'land of litigation' where folks get sued for serving coffee to people who get scalded because they are too dumb to know that it is...ahem...hot...would the pier company be held liable if he had smacked into it and injured himself?
Do I think this jump is cool? Yes
Do I know the coffee is hot...? Yes
Am I a bit sad that we're all debating whether or not it should be done? Again yes
He's clearly someone who knows what he is doing and the risks involved...not a newbie trying to hit his first kicker... This sport would not exist for the normal folks if it wasn't for those pushing a few barriers. Let's celebrate...and then get back to: mowing the lawn and staying up wind; the occasional kiteloop; and, crashing regularly whilst we work on our front and back rolls...