My condolences to his family and firends.
However it is important to be realistic about this type of accident. It is not a freak accident. Kiting
in frontal conditions with rain is very dangerous.
Squalls happen all the time. When conditions change so quickly this type of thing can happen. Is it really worth it to be taking this kind of risk.
Another important thig to remember is that when strong wind suddenly becomes strong wind with pounds and pounds of fast moving water witting your kite the results are very unpredictable. A very heavy and wet kite is more lilely to fall into the powerzone. It will also dive with masses of power.
Better to kite another day.
Gusty conditions even without clouds and rain call for going to a big board and a small kite.
Less power needed. It's best to be working a smaller kite than overpowered on a big kite.
Never let too much speed build up in shallow water ESPECIALLY if you are riding straps.
Hard packed sand in and just out of shallow water is as hard as cement. Trip on that without a helmet and you'll be dazzed enough to lose control, even if you are not knocked out.
Also it's important to develop SAFETY RELEASE REFLEX (SRR). I've posed this before.
You need to develop muscle memmory for finding and releasing your safety.
We are all good with the breaks of our car because we have to use them all the time just to simply drive around. The problem is that we almost never need our safety release and when we do we need it really fast.
Here is my thread about Safety Release Reflex... please give it a read...
Many people have told me they are convinced it saved them...http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2350685&hilit=qr+muscle+memory+from+fred