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Saunton Beach death

Postby Eduardo » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:57 pm


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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby BillyGoatGruff » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:03 pm

Really sorry to hear this, I kite Saunton and it's normally quite a safe beach. I was out today at Southend-on-sea and it was wild 7m weather with huge gusts to 50+mph.

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Toby » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:04 pm

sad news again. My condolences.
Earlier urgent weather alerts were issued for gale force winds, but the circumstances around the kitesurfer's death are not yet known.
All one should know is, that those winds are deadly. His call, his life. Paid with it.

Be warned people :!:

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Al_f » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:29 pm

Very sad news, condolences to this kiter's friends and family.

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Mike101 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:07 pm

Very sad news. My condolences to the family.

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Al_f » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:24 pm

I wasn't there so not sure how the conditions were on site, but fwiw before people get judgemental about high wind kiting, the worst of the storm was due to miss Saunton on Sat and the forecast was only mid 20s gusting low 30s.

There were plenty of us out further east in England where it was averaging high 30s, which is definitely elevated risk conditions.

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Zen_Rider » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:55 am

I hear it was 25-30kts at the time, people on 6,7,8s. Huggs for his family. Stay safe friends, respect the sea and the wind.

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Toby » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:28 am

25-30 is fine. The report says way more.
Any wind graph from that day and area available?

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby Zen_Rider » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:33 am

The nearest station is westward ho, but it's terrible. 25-30kts is from a friend who was out at the time. Lots were I beleve, it was good conditions...

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Re: Saunton Beach death

Postby markymarc » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:50 am

R.I.P. and condolances to his family.

Hope we can learn from what happened.

Stay safe everybody!


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