Interesting stuff Rick.
One I have witnessed and can imagine that Bow kites give some riders a false sense of security and have seen people go out in to winds way over powered with bow kites. I know some of these riders and know that they wouldn't be out on c of that size. The problem is that when something goes wrong they are really in serious danger, it would seem to me. I guess we are talking avoidance here!
I would be interested in a comparison between Kiting and other sports that I would think would have similar danger levels like ski diving rock climbing, MTB, motocross, ATV, snow boarding, skiing and the like. I think, for myself that these would be more meaningful. We can manipulate stats so easily.
After researching for a long time , I finally was able to work out comparative loss statistics for skiing and snowboarding in the USA using info developed by what seems to be a skiing industry lobby group. Guess what?
Skiing and snowboarding combined came out to be more safe than walking! It may even be true, given the number of pedestrians (virtually everyone in the USA for quite a few hours per year) vs. the millions that hit the slopes during the season. Then again, it sort of flies into the face of reason at one level don't you think?
I may dust off the skiing/snowboarding numbers and put them in the final report at the risk of creating some confusion. BTW, I am thinking of posting the report in segments here.
You mentioned diving, those numbers have already been put up in this post. I will look around for credible loss statistics for the other activities you mentioned. I will also see what I can find for windsurfing, nothing yet and even surfing per Toby's suggestion. Credible total surfer population numbers may be a hard thing to come by for anyone though.
Other ideas out there?