I am not clear what a bow/SLE kite or a C kite is so will do some research. Definitely need will visit a store. What about Ozone? There is a chap here who will sell me one for very favourable prices, which would be a bonus.
spleeft wrote:Blizz, what happened with your accident? I only ask to see if this might help decide on new gear.
Long story and one I am not particularly pround to tell due to it being part due to a careless blasÃ© approach as well as bad luck and early day equipment failings. Two accidents in fact almost a year after one another. The 1st I posted the accident in full on this forum years ago but can't find it now. Only this thread on which refer to the accident :
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Basically to cut a long story short I launched a very small 4.5 meter kite (airblast I think) on a beach in a strong wind (force 6) on shore, low tide, loads of space. I the canâ€™t remember exactly, but the for some reason on launching the kite it spiralled round and round out of control in the power zone and dragging me at increasing speed along the beach towards the seawall. I pulled the quick release but being a snap shackle system which at that time was thought acceptable (a new S2 lock in bar) the release under extreme tension would not free me of the kite. As I was dragged on my backside and feet with legs in front I kept pulling at the QR increasingly frantically as I approached rocks and a sea wall.. It failed to release so eventually a brace my self for impact and hit a large bolder with my backside resulting in a crushed vertebra, fractured pelvis and large wound.
I think the reason for the spiralling kite was for launching with a twisted lines and this tiny kite with plenty of power in that wind would turn as fast as a stunt kites thus quickly losing control.
The second time a year later, being desperate to kitesurf in any conditions I chose a beach not suitable due to lack of space, but the only one facing a vaguely ok direction. Very unpredicatable winds. The kite failed to launch properly and drifted in to the power zone (at which I should have triggered the quick release) before I new it the wind caught the kite and yanked me forwards towards a land drain outlet. I simply did not have time at this stage to quick release and chose whilst briefly airbourne to try to control the kite or my position and place my body in the best position for impact or try to land on my feet. I managed to avoid serious impact from the drain outlet but then landed flat on my back on the hard sand. The result was I again crushed a vertebra. (The kite was an AMP). These split second decisions are entirely instinctual and those instincts my not be telling you to let go of that bar.
The second injury caused contined back problems which after two years I found a means to overcoming via constant core stability exercise programs.