Ned Divine wrote:I feel very happy that you survived and very grateful that you shared this experience here. I will certainly follow your advice!
I am mainly posting this reply though to bring the thread to the top so that more people can read it...
juandesooka wrote:A video sent to me by a friend, maybe worthy of a safety discussion.
Video post: "Kitesurfing session in the UK on the east coast. The conditions looked perfect (all be it a little cold, below 5c) for a good day at the beach. The first time of the 2012 season that winter wear was needed. Wind was blowing on average around 25mph in the sun and flat water conditions. After a short fun time a hail storm was to pass through where wind speeds picked up to around 50mph in an instant. As you can see in the video I was lofted from the water and struggled to keep control of my kite as the kite was not designed to be used in such strong wind, Luckily I managed to engage my safety system and was (eventually) helped by another kiter stood on the beach . Nobody else out was injured as everyone engaged the kites safety systems too and all was fine. About 10mins after we all made it back to the beach another storm cloud came though and the wind speeds were reported to be even higher than before as kiters had to lay on their kites to stop them from from blowing away."
Pretty clearly should have been watching for the squall and come in before...big black cloud approaching.
Those tied in boots look sketchy while getting dragged helplessly....could see that leading to broken leg or worse.
Interesting to see he reattaches leash from "suicide" (on chicken loop) to the leading edge flagging line, when he got overpowered. I have flown Ocean Rodeo kites, and like the leading edge flagging line system for maximum depower, kite can't fly at all on 1 line. But I've also flown Cab SB and now BWS kties, with the mini 5th....where if you quick release, the kite still retains some power on the 2 leading edge lines. In this situation, I wonder if he would have been able to hold the kite on a mini 5th system or would he have had to release his leash too? Hmm.
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