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29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby younik » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:36 am

A young woman died after been hurt by rocks while launching her kite.

You can see the rocks in the picture of the first link ...

Condolences to the family.

http://www.sudouest.fr/2017/08/17/accid ... 6-1391.php

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-d ... 1502891308

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby Toby » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:14 pm

Sorry to hear, my condolences.

People, keep in mind the most important safety rule:

DISTANCE IS YOUR FRIEND !

RIP

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby Rakky » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:57 pm

As the sport draws more participants, there will be more reported injuries and deaths sadly.

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby windmaker » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:32 pm

Rakky wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:57 pm
As the sport draws more participants, there will be more reported injuries and deaths sadly.
Actually no, I remember when I started kitesurfing in 1999 there was a death at least every month and there was much less people doing the sport than at present. The sport has become much safer. Still sad.

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby longwhitecloud » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:21 pm

that is sooo sad, rip...

"in 1999 there was a death at least every month" I was around then and dont remember this being the case (maybe i missed something?) - even in 2000/2001 (there were so few kiters) but totally agree with the sentiment that riders were far more aware of respecting the realities of safety back then rather than being fed the $industry$ bull5hit about how safe kiting is today. (if that is what you are saying).

Don't be drawn into what you hear about how kiteboarding is a safe sport - especially from industry.

Enjoy kiting but it is not good practice to be blase by having the attitude that it is a safe sport ( a very ambiguous statement). It needed very careful consideration at the start and still does today - despite awesome safety advancements.

In a lot of the accidents of recent years, although making things safer, those safety advancements have still had zero effect of the outcome for many.

Kiteboarding is epic, but never downplay the safety aspect - there are not many sports where the equipment can throw you 60ft onto you head from a momentary lapse of judgement or due to the effects of erratic weather. It's a flying sport where we pilot a wing after all!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby windrider1 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:28 pm

kitesurfing is an extrene sport and always will be. Its definately safer than it used to be but not a sport for the masses. luckily most people after strapping on a kite and taking a few lessons never come back. there is just too much that can go wrong at any point in time. You need to have a good head on your shoulders and be in decent shape to become a good kiter.

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby Windigo1 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:42 pm

Totally agree with you Windrider it's not for everyone things can go bad very quickly you have to be on the ball at all times and very knowledgeable about what to do! A few kitemare will teach you a lot!

Sad news regardless.

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby RickI » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:28 am

RIP and strength to the woman's family and friends. It seems conditions were light, does anyone know what the gust range and relative direct of the wind? Also, was the tide high compelling her to launch close to the rocks? My translations aren't too good this time.

The first kitesurfing fatality I heard about happened in France in 2000. There could have been others but this was what I heard about. The community was even smaller in the earlier years as others have said and more tight knit in some respects, online at least. There have been many more injury accidents which were survived.

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby matth » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:41 am

longwhitecloud wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:21 pm
that is sooo sad, rip...

"in 1999 there was a death at least every month" I was around then and dont remember this being the case (maybe i missed something?) - even in 2000/2001 (there were so few kiters) but totally agree with the sentiment that riders were far more aware of respecting the realities of safety back then rather than being fed the $industry$ bull5hit about how safe kiting is today. (if that is what you are saying).

Don't be drawn into what you hear about how kiteboarding is a safe sport - especially from industry.

Enjoy kiting but it is not good practice to be blase by having the attitude that it is a safe sport ( a very ambiguous statement). It needed very careful consideration at the start and still does today - despite awesome safety advancements.

In a lot of the accidents of recent years, although making things safer, those safety advancements have still had zero effect of the outcome for many.

Kiteboarding is epic, but never downplay the safety aspect - there are not many sports where the equipment can throw you 60ft onto you head from a momentary lapse of judgement or due to the effects of erratic weather. It's a flying sport where we pilot a wing after all!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0
Amen, couldn't agree more..

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Re: 29 yo woman dies in Aytré / France (near La Rochelle)

Postby Kamikuza » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:56 am

RIP :(


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