longwhitecloud wrote:cool. I think riding in very high winds like this is just as risky , if not more so than wakestyle. as has been said - if you lose orientation and pull the bar wrong - you crash faster that gravity from 80 ft up?! huge consequences, surprised him and jesse stayed conscious... glad they did!
Not just High winds, but :
If kites get much better than what they are now , then people will start dieing ; even the Big-Boys
were getting hurt in that last Big-air comp. 25M jumps are Huge ; not much room for error
from that altitude. When flying HG's or PG's ; i feel Most at risk with anything below 300-400ft
because that's the altitude needed for a reserve deployment ; 80 to 100ft, is kinda the
Dead-Mans range, with no hope of coming out unscathed , if things go Bad !!
That last comp, with those near 25M jumps ; is that the highest jumps actually
documented with altitude recording devises ?
It is not the kites that make these guys go so high...
Of course the kites get better, and less loss, and easier to jump max - but IMO it is the conditions and skills almost only, that determines the height.
They are, IMO, not going higher now, than 3-4 years ago
Difference is, that now they got a device to measure the height - but take a look at older videos, or Ruben or Kevin when going high in Big Bay or other similar spots in past years - the same (AMAZING) height
Would even say, that some of the really good riders could go practically same height in 2002 and forward, when the almost standard front line flying 4 lined C kites came, and conditions and timing were just bullseye
Riders are getting better though, every year - so apart from conditions which is the primary height limiter, then rider stability, talent, and training and focusing on getting better and better, especially milking the power of the waves too for extra height, is IMO the very key here
So the conditions and riders are the reason why we see these high jumps, and I dont think we will ever see consistent jumps approaching lets say the double height, no matter what gear we'll see in the future
Meaning - it is the riders that are better, going higher and doing more risky moves - because they are better.
Which of course leads to much bigger risk, WHEN it goes wrong
Its not the gear we can blame for any of the injuries IMO, it is ourselves.
But if you dont go for it and take a risk, it might be boring as hell - also a fact.