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by Hugh2
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Fatality in France
Replies: 115
Views: 7854

Re: Fatality in France

I self-launch and land regularly when at remote beaches, but here in Cape Town I frown on people who insist on self launching. There are simply too many other kiters and especially other beachgoers around to make that sensible, because if something goes wrong it is not just you that is endangered. M...
by Hugh2
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2225

Re: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018

Nice pics, if I was savvy on Youtube I could load up some videos of the simultaneous megaloops that Howe and Emanuel were throwing down. But there were many others too, just not quite that crazy and with such short lines. Emanuel's kite almost touches the water as it loops around. And peppedurso, th...
by Hugh2
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2225

Re: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018

Just to note that a helmet would not have helped this guy, nor would an impact vest. He hit really hard on his board, which blasted off. I thought he would surely have injured his legs, but he was able to stand later for a bit. It was therefore just the general impact that knocked him out, and an im...
by Hugh2
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2225

Re: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018

I would just emphasize that many hundreds of megaloops were thrown at Hermanus yesterday, and only this one injury that I know of. Even after 13 years of kiting I would never attempt a megaloop, I value my limbs and life too much for that, and am old enough to know that. I can enjoy this sport, inde...
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Endurance kitefoiling
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: Endurance kitefoiling

Good call, Plummet! Just wish I could foil like that, only getting started on a Slingshot Hoverglide bolted to a big old surfboard so I can do touchdown gybes, having tired of falling and restarting to change direction!
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2225

Re: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018

Sorry Toby, I don't know who he is. I usually kite alone and did not know anyone there. I met Graham Howe (launched his kite twice, simply by chance) and also Gijs Wassenaar, but did not know anyone there. I must say, it was crazy busy and yet this was the only accident I saw all day and I only saw ...
by Hugh2
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018
Replies: 24
Views: 2225

Near fatality at Hermanus today December 12 2018

Hermanus in South Africa went off today, blowing steady SW 25-30 knots, just as forecast. Since there was no wind in Cape Town, lots of folks went there. I got there early around 10AM, and as it was my first time there (which is strange given all the years I've kited in and around Cape Town), I watc...
by Hugh2
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: How to self launch a kite
Replies: 27
Views: 2627

Re: How to self launch a kite

I use (still) the weighted wing method. However, unlike a tethered (& anchored) launch, it doesn't offer a solution for self-landing at the end of a session. With all your years of experience i doubt that you are not capable of walking up safely/ steadily up the centerline(s) all the way to the kit...
by Hugh2
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Nick Jacobsen leaves Cabrinha team
Replies: 112
Views: 14003

Re: Nick Jacobsen leaves Cabrinha team

But I am sure they would call it 2020 products...not 2019...imagine everyone releases the 2020 gear next year and only North 2019. Wouldn’t make sense. But, from psychological view I assume they say now 2019... I think some brands should stop naming their products by year as it is misleading for ma...

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