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by UKSurf
Tue Jun 21, 2022 10:53 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: We lost a brother today...be careful out there
Replies: 34
Views: 3364

Re: We lost a brother today...be careful out there

Alot of these extreme wind events seem to be accompanied by weird clouds. Keeping an eye at what is going on in the sky should probably be something all kitesurfers do.
by UKSurf
Sun Jun 19, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: We lost a brother today...be careful out there
Replies: 34
Views: 3364

Re: We lost a brother today...be careful out there

I would imagine even if you pull your safety as soon as it hits it wont help you in a tornado. Extreme wind speeds and sprialling wind direction, many times worse than being caught by a freak gust. Terrible bad luck. RIP.
by UKSurf
Wed Jun 15, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kiteboarder meets Needlefish
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Kiteboarder meets Needlefish

Evolution did not do a great job on that fish - its jaw falls off if it bites something. Seems you got off lightly some people have been seriously injured or killed by these things. This professional kitesurfer was seriously injured by one: http://www.kitekahunas.com/german_speed_kitesurfing_record....
by UKSurf
Tue May 31, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: What's happening to Flexifoil?
Replies: 7
Views: 1162

Re: What's happening to Flexifoil?

First time I ever saw kitesurfing was Jason Furness, who was sponsored by Flexifoil, boosting 5m+ on a Blade with handles in a Force 4 - and I knew this was going to be more than just a fad. Judging from their website they have scaled back their operations alot and focus on land kites now and access...
by UKSurf
Tue May 31, 2022 1:21 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Janek injured again
Replies: 113
Views: 10257

Re: Janek injured again

Anything Red Bull pushes the limits till death. Is it us who likes to see extreme? I have hit the water pretty hard but nothing like the potential impact these pro riders could experience. How much risk is there of a fatality at a big air event? Given the height and potential speed of the impacts I...
by UKSurf
Mon May 30, 2022 12:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Janek injured again
Replies: 113
Views: 10257

Re: Janek injured again

How many riders achieve their 15 minutes of fame by doing something absolutely retarded/dangerous to get that sponsorship in the first place? Unfortunately this is very true, and it is probably going to take a fatality of a pro rider in a big event to make people realize there is a price to be paid...
by UKSurf
Sat May 28, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Janek injured again
Replies: 113
Views: 10257

Re: Janek injured again

I totally agree that event organisers and the sport in general needs to look at the risk pro riders are being asked to take in big air events. I would not be at all surprised if The impact from crashes in high altitude, high speed moves does not lead to long term brain injury in pro riders. I have s...
by UKSurf
Sat May 14, 2022 3:31 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Janek injured again
Replies: 113
Views: 10257

Re: Janek injured again

Hopefully he will make a recovery. I am not a medical expert but I would not be surprised if this was not a career ending injury.
by UKSurf
Sun May 01, 2022 12:15 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Rhodes, North coast (Greek island) advice
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: Rhodes, North coast (Greek island) advice

I went On holiday here a few years ago and did some windsurfing. Wind was very consistent on some beaches with thermals that seemed to switch on like clock work with a force 4 to 5 in the afternoon. From what i remember the beaches were quite small and very busy with tourists so landing and launchin...
by UKSurf
Tue Feb 15, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Are Shinn boards that good
Replies: 15
Views: 1941

Re: Are Shinn boards that good

It is probably a matter of preference. But having owned a Shinn Monk and a Shinnster I would say they were on a different level to other boards from other brands I have owned. Mark Shinn might be the best board designer in the industry when it comes to knowing what the vast majority of kitesurfers n...

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