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by RickI
Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Another UK Fatality
Replies: 34
Views: 4551

Re: Another UK Fatality

Impact vests (similar to or in some cases actual Type III PFDs) have been used very widely in kiting for over 20 years. Twenty years ago, we asked similar questions to what you are asking but not so much these days. There isn't much theory left at this point. They work, have low drag, bulk and might...
by RickI
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Another UK Fatality
Replies: 34
Views: 4551

Re: Another UK Fatality

I am sorry to hear of both fatalities, strength to their family and friends. It is terrible hear. Unless it is a special case, I wouldn't recommend kiters use inflatable belt PFDs. There are intrinsic PFDs that are in place and work whenever needed and those that require manipulation, donning, infla...
by RickI
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

There were a lot of old URL, cut and paste errors from when I first put this 15 year old article up. I just fixed a number of them. Ironically, even though it is 15 years old, the information and advice are still quite applicable. Some discount the hazards of kiting in squalls/thunderstorms and even...
by RickI
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

I had forgotten about this article I had written about kiting and "Cold Fronts" in 2005 for SBC Kiteboard Magazine. This was a year before Jason's first near fatal accident. I felt compelled to write it building on existing resources for kiteboarders in the USA following a snow kiter fatality in Can...
by RickI
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

A video from the scene showing the violent storm posted by Pascal. Caution: this may show part of the lofting.



https://vimeo.com/480101102

This may be a gust front or strait line winds from a microburst associated with the cold front squall line.
by RickI
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

in the video it doesn't look windy at all? Must have been a freak squall ?? I just saw a rough video clip, it was very violent storm. I am seeing if I can receive permission to post it. It is a terrible irony that that this kiter was killed by squall loftings, twice within a 1/4 mile of both locati...
by RickI
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiteboarder accident in Toronto?
Replies: 9
Views: 2206

Re: Kiteboarder accident in Toronto?

Yes, unfortunately he didn't make it. He was well liked and admired by many. More details about what happened at viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2342449 at the last post on page 4. There was another storm long ago and a near fatality at that time.
by RickI
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

A commemoration

by RickI
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes
Replies: 67
Views: 18576

Re: Incredible Lofting Story From The Great Lakes

Harsh details from the accident scene from Facebook.

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