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Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby Toby » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:19 pm

Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

This happens when people don't listen to locals and their rules...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUZgXDjL3nA

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby evan » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:21 pm

More on this on our Dutch forum with a discussion in English from this reaction onwards:

http://www.kitehigh.nl/forum/index.php? ... #msg732047


@Toby
I See this on the spot information you linked:
Best Direction:
N, S, SSW, SW, WSW, W, WNW, NW
Main Direction:
SW

Every direction with North in it is offshore like last sunday when all those kiters neede rescue!
For more deatialed wind directions see: http://www.kitehigh.nl/spots/s/id/Maasv ... %20Slufter

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby tmcfarla » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:35 pm

Does the standard rate of a 6-pack for board retrieval still apply in this situation?

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby plummet » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:44 pm

So it seems windy as hell. why did they need rescueing? too offshore and couldn't get back to land? lost board dew to outgoing current?
What am I missing?

too windy>?

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby Frank82 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:42 pm

plummet wrote:So it seems windy as hell. why did they need rescueing? too offshore and couldn't get back to land? lost board dew to outgoing current?
What am I missing?

too windy>?
German kooks, crash the kite, can't relaunch. Can't ride upwind, you name it. Just kooks being kooks in a spot that's not ment for kooks.

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby Faxie » Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:43 am

There was a winddrop that day. And it was forecasted too.

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby alamos_kiter » Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:59 am

It is common where I kite that people can't read a weather forecast or interpret actual conditions, but rely on their whatsapp group weather info. Lemming style kiting.

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby pmaggie » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:52 am

I read an interesting point in the dutch forum: people who made a lot of kilometers to reach a spot want to ride, no matter the conditions. This is absolutely true.
In my home spot, standard conditions work as follows: from about 1 pm. to about 4 pm. the thermal wind blows quite steady sideshore (some problems in the launch zone but it's not the point to be discussed here). From about 4 pm., the wind shifts from the mountain and become offshore and gusty. Being the end of the lake, the biggest problem you can have is to find yourself in a field on the opposite side and to walk for a while, there's no real "risk".
Two or three weeks ago, a Swiss guy arrived at about 4 pm. when the wind was already shifting. He was very eager to ride but he was smart enough to ask me about the conditions. I explained him everything very clearly: the wind is shifting and is becoming light and gusty. With your 10.5 and your board you won't be able to come back to the shore and you will land on the field you can see there. So you will have to walk barefoot about two kilometers in the forest, then about 5 kilometers on the main road to come back.
Wasn't I clear? He launched his 10.5. After less than 30 minutes, his girlfriend came to tell us she can't spot her bf any more (he was the only one in the water). Again, I explained her everything. She was a little bit concerned, so we took our car and we drove her to a place we know near the forest and we eventually found him walking. No problem for us, he was a nice guy and he also asked to pay us for the rescue (of course we refused!).
Did he learn the lesson? Maybe yes, maybe not. The fact is he drove 3 hours to go kiting and after so much kilometers you really want to kite, no matter the conditions, you just think "ok, I drove 3 hours, conditions are not perfect but I want to try anyway".
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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby Frank82 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:33 am

On a lake there's less risk indeed, still stupid but at least you will come to shore.

About 1,5 years ago 2 guys almost drowned at the same spot in 8 degrees water temperature after being in the water for 2-3 hours. This occured with the same wind direction. They were picked up by the rescue services in 3-4m waves and 7-8bft winds, the rescue guys risk their own lives for the stupidity of those kooks.

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Re: Big rescue action at the Slufter Bay, Netherlands.

Postby Toby » Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:46 am

Do they have to pay for the rescue?


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