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Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby fun2kite » Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:19 am

Well, it had to happen. Everybody was watching Kai and try to imitate. This guy walked away alive.
A fatality will happen sooner or later when surfing the waves. Either the others on the wave or the ridder will not be as fortunate as this guy.

This may also potentially ban hydrofoils on beaches if authorities to make foils as unsafe.
How do we react or do we even have a choice here..

http://www.carvemag.com/2016/07/jamie-m ... d-warning/

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil - WARNING

Postby airsurfer » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:11 am

OK agree that foils can be dangerous especially in surf but so can SUPs outrigger canoes longboards short boards with sharp fins kiteboards etc... I think the key is to use good judgement just like driving a car which is still far more dangerous than anything you can do on the water. Even then accidents will and can happen so if you want to be safe stay home and watch tv.

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil - WARNING

Postby fun2kite » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:26 am

I think everybody on this forum will agree with everything you said, myself included ;-)

It was not the point of my post though. Accidents like this will put us (hydrofoils) in the category of unsafe and potentially banned even in the places where kitesurfing is allowed. And that is troubling.
airsurfer wrote:OK agree that foils can be dangerous especially in surf but so can SUPs outrigger canoes longboards short boards with sharp fins kiteboards etc... I think the key is to use good judgement just like driving a car which is still far more dangerous than anything you can do on the water. Even then accidents will and can happen so if you want to be safe stay home and watch tv.

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil - WARNING

Postby 3InletsWindsports » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:58 am

This incident will certainly bring out the doom Sayers.
Sort of going back to the start of kitesurfing and the same old same old

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil - WARNING

Postby cglazier » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:13 am

I presume that the poor fellow got tumbled in a wave with his hydrofoil while he was learning.

I hope the word gets out to surfers who want to try foiling that it is more difficult than Kai Lenny makes it look, and they would be well advised to learn first on flat water.

:wink: CG

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby Rufusz » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:41 am

Scary looking wound but the article's claim 'almost decapitated' is plain BS. An article like this can help a lot to ban HF, well done carvemag, I hope the extra clicks worth it.

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby Kamikuza » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:51 am

Time to start threads with pictures of what happens when you grab the leash of a runaway SUP...

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby longwhitecloud » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:18 am

Its the risk you take with an axe attached to your board. With that comes responsibility.

When i see the leading edge spike on some of the fuselages i just think - what f#@witt designer engineered that... ridiculous .. self responsibility tho for riding one

there are clear ways to design foil setups that if you land super hard they wont help you to bleed to death so easily - the difference between trailing edge r 0.5mm and r 5mm is huge in its ability to cut into flesh deep - wing tips same.

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby matth » Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:40 pm

An axe with a 3 foot handle, little scary. :( :(

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Re: Surfer almost decapitated with a hydrofoil- Warning

Postby BWD » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:36 pm

Scary looking, get well soon!
Sort of related:
4ft is a bit ridiculous, 36" reasonable for many.
The easy way to size an axe: plant the butt in your armpit and the first joint of your fingers should wrap into the top of the axe head. Works out to approximately your shirt size. More power with more length, but going shorter helps you go longer. Keep it sharp, but too sharp is as bad as too dull.
Start choppin!


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