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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby toniganau » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:06 pm

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby edt » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:25 pm

i know any injury sucks but think about this. There was a 70 knot gust that took down trees and him and a bunch of his friends were riding. He was the only kiter that apparently didn't pull his quick release in time. Good job on the rest of the kiters there avoiding injury. Hope to hear more about the weather related on this accident.

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby Toby » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:02 pm

are those strong gusts common in that area?

Glad to hear all others were lucky. Can you imagine you have 10 riders at the same time being lofted? That would be a nightmare...and news all over.

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby Frank82 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:07 pm

I hope he recovers well, it seems he has a Best TS. I know that the best chickenloop is a piece of shit, when you don't rinse or open it frequently it jams and the release won't work. I have 2 Best GP bars and the bars are great, just the chickenloop is terrible. Perhaps he couldn't open his safety. 70knots in a 9m kite is no joke.

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby RedSky » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:20 pm

80mph gust. Lucky to be alive.

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby longwhitecloud » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:18 am

Best chickenloop

The Best quick release is an embarrassment to kiteboarding and kiteboarders, it's a hazard waiting to happen.

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby alamos_kiter » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:57 am

Here's an interview with the guy. Eric Eck comes to my mind.

Tl;dr:

- They were kiting with a bunch of friends, including kids
- Onshore conditions
- He saw the gust coming over the water, and being an experienced windsurfer and kiter, he understood a strong gust was about to hit
- he had enough time to return to shore and drop his board, which he did
- he had the hand on the QR, but when the gust finally hit, things happened too fast to QR
- The gust hit and he was lofted 10m high; decided not to QR at this point
- He actively steered the kite during his flight, avoiding obstacles
- he sheeted in to get over the first 5 story building with ease, being up at 18m; the second 5 story building was more difficult and he touched the roof lightly
- then the gust lost force, and he looked for a landing place
- lots of swimming pools without water, so he chose a tiled roof to dampen his crash landing
- he crashed and stayed conscious, broke his leg, and cut his head
- he climbed down on his own, holding onto an antenna, from the inclined roof where he crashed, to a lower horizontal roof
- a passing firefighter saw the incident, saw him flying up there, followed him with his car, and alerted the rescue services when he knew where the guy had come down
- he's in hospital and says, this was a normal accident which could happen in any sport, and not to consider kite surfing an extreme sport.


http://www.levante-emv.com/marina/2016/ ... 79768.html


"Pensé en mi hija y en que tenía que salir de ésta"

V. SALINAS | VALENCIA El pie izquierdo destrozado, 70 grapas en la cabeza y un ojo morado. El kitesurfista que el domingo fue arrastrado 275 metros tierra adentro por un ráfaga de viento en Dénia se recupera de sus heridas en el Hospital Clínico de Valencia consciente de que su forma de actuar le ha salvado la vida. Y es que F. M. D. tuvo la sangre fría de maniobrar con la vela en pleno «vuelo» para intentar salir del aterrizaje en las mejores condiciones posibles, por él y por su hija. «Me vi ahí y pensé en mi hija de 7 años y en que tenía que salir de ésta. Tenía que buscar el mal menor. Quizá otro se hubiera bloqueado. A mí me salió bien». Recién operado del pie –tiene roto solo un hueso pero los cortes son múltiples y profundos– explica con detalle desde la cama del Clínico cómo vivió el accidente a causa de una inesperada racha de viento «según me han dicho de más de 100 kilómetros por hora».

«Llevábamos una hora navegando en condiciones normales el grupo de amigos que nos habíamos trasladado a Dénia, en el que había incluso niños. Pero en un momento se formó algo inesperado y lo vi venir: era una racha de viento fuerte», relata. Por su experiencia (practica windsurf desde el año 1992 y lleva 7 años con el kitesurf), F., fue consciente pronto de lo que se le venía encima y le dio tiempo a llegar a la arena y a quitarse la tabla.

Esquivando edificios de 5 plantas

«Ahí, en un segundo, el viento me alcanzó y me elevó 10 metros en un segundo. Tenemos la suelta de seguridad de la vela pero, teniendo la mano en ella, no me dio ni tiempo a accionarla», comenta. El viento le arrastró y, en el camino, viendo pasar «vallas y piscinas vacías» tuvo el aplomo de reaccionar para darle más potencia a la vela y lograr esquivar los edificios contra los que se dirigía peligrosamente, dos de cinco plantas.

«El primero lo pasé hasta con holgura, estaría a 18 metros del suelo. El segundo me costó más y lo pasé rozando». Una vez superado, la ráfaga perdió potencia y decidió dejarse caer sobre un techo de tejas. «Eso me ha salvado la vida, me amortiguó bastante aunque, por contra, al arrastrar me corté la cabeza y el pie», explica. De hecho, golpe en la cabeza no se llevó pero se levantó el cuero cabelludo con las tejas «como si fuera un sioux», bromeaba ayer.

No perdió el conocimiento y logró incluso bajar a una terraza secundaria, que estaba en un segundo piso, dejándose caer por una antena. «Intenté primero hacerme un torniquete con un cable, pero no pude, así que me dejé caer como pude» después de palparse y comprobar que tenía mucha sangre en la cabeza y el pie destrozado «pero nada más».

Desde allí pidió auxilio y, realmente, era su día de suerte: un bombero de Valencia en su día libre le había seguido con su coche tras ver el incidente y le atendió rápidamente haciéndole primero un torniquete con una bolsa y cubriéndole la gran herida de la cabeza con su camisa. «Sí tuve suerte. Lo cierto es que al ser bombero tenía muy claro qué hacer».

Lo de volver al kitesurf todavía no lo tiene claro. «Me encanta el mar pero primero tengo que recuparme. Además gracias a Dios tengo muchas aficiones y el tiempo lo dirá», razonaba ayer.

Pese a la gravedad y espectacularidad de su accidente, F. M. D. quería ayer lanzar un mensaje para descriminalizar el kitesurf como un deporte de riesgo. «Ha sido un accidente como puede pasar en otros deportes. Si fuimos a Dénia era porque habíamos consultado antes las condiciones meteorológicas y eran las adecuadas. Eso sí, es un deporte en el que necesitas ir hacer tus cursos y tener dos dedos de frente».

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby RickI » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:05 am

Thank you for finding the interview and providing the translation alamos_kiter. I hope Fernando has a complete and rapid recovery. Does anyone know what the sky conditions were like before the gusts hit? Did he just see a wind line moving in on the water or were there threatening clouds visible as well?

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby Turbaani » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:34 pm

Wow.. that is some panic control skills if he really managed to steer the whole flight.

No offence to this guy, he must be very experienced. But isn't it wrong to go close to beach if you know there are gusts coming? I think its safer to be so out on water when you know gusts are coming. Don't know about 60kt gusts tho...

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Re: The wind carries 300 meters to a kitesurfer in Dénia

Postby Toby » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:01 pm

What a guy!
He did the only thing possible once you are lofted: stay calm and fly it !

Too bad he didn't have an action camera running...imagine the footage!
That would be so helpful to see how he flew it.

But, if he saw the gust coming, and went to shore...you never have the kite in zenith!

Approach the beach with a low kite...and then someone should catch it out of the air.
No one around to catch it? Activate the quick release!


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