Sad to hear, RIP.Bille wrote:That is Sad !!
I think this fatality, makes 6 kiters, that have lost their life in 2015 ?
If i'm correct ; that is more deaths this year, than both Hang gliding and Paragliding
The only reason i started to kite board, was to find a sport that was a bit safer than
when i'm flying on a HG , or PG ; apparently i was wrong about that , and it would
be good to figure out "WHY" i was wrong ?
This is a rather delicate question that Needs answering ; and
there's no disrespect intended :
Kite boarding is a rather benign sport , compared to all the ways i can die , while
gliding ; could it have something to do with training , or is it the mentality and EGO of
the sport enthusiast , that's to blame for the difference in the kill ratio between flying
and kiting , so far this year ?
A 55 years old German doing kite surf in Leucate was killed after a sudden gust as it landed on a old bunker (I guess an old blockhaus).Un Allemand de 55 ans qui pratiquait le kitesurf sur l’étang de Salses-Leucate, .. a fait une chute mortelle quand une bourrasque de vent l’a projeté sur la plage contre un reste d’ancien bunker
the victime was an amateur (what ever it means) kite with his own gear (OK) who ALREADY had a MINOR incident on the pound JUSTE BEFORE the accident.La victime était «un amateur venu avec son propre matériel et qui avait déjà eu un incident sans gravité sur l’étang peu avant» l’accident.
There was gust up to 80 km/h (43 KNOTS).il y avait «des rafales à 80 km/h». ... Les gens du coin connaissent ce type de vent très fort, les kitesurfers d’ici n’ont pas d’accident» de ce genre, Mais les touristes étrangers n’ont pas l’habitude de conditions de vent, ils devraient prendre des précautions»,
I read some years ago a article on accidents in "extreme sport". "Extreme" means that you have the possibility to be seriously injured.Thor SFBay wrote:Well Billie, you can't really compare hang gliding and paragliding fatalities to kiteboarding unless you also take into account the number of people involved. I imagine that there are a lot more kiteboarders than there are hang gliders, but I don't know the actual numbers. If you want to rank outdoor sports for risk, I think base jumping will win as the most dangerous. People die in lots of ways, so the fact that people die kiteboarding doesn't necessarily mean it is too dangerous. People die slipping in bath tubs so maybe you should rethink taking a shower every day. And whatever you do - DON"T DRIVE YOUR CAR!!!! 30,000 people die every year in car crashes in the USA.
dimip wrote:Now everybody (like me) will say it's piece, but I don't get it. Experienced kiter or not, does anybody have fun when it's gusting 20-40 knots?
We have this sometimes when is SE, I have tried sometimes but not fun, very frustrating and can be dangerous...
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