It is great the guy is ok, he had a lot of people concerned.** Label your kite and board with your name and address and if you lose either one tell the USCG, Sheriff or other appropriate authority to avoid an unnecessary search.
** https://ocnjdaily.com/missing-kite-surf ... kGQ--6hVBQ
A new kiter lost his life in excessively gusty, side offshore winds 60 miles south, two months ago. He likely didn't know any better about how dangerous the conditions were until it was too late.
This guy sounds more experienced, maybe. He was reported in distress out in the ocean at 3:30 pm as seen from shore. The air temperature may have been in the high 40's and water temp. in the high 50's F (?). The wind readings may not be that reliable as they are all land stations and the wind was side offshore from the northwest. Despite that they seemed to be gusting from the mid 20's to mid 30's, possibly even higher based on some other nearby stations. It would have been dead offshore from the beach. As the wind is running over a bunch of three story buildings, conditions will likely be very punchy, kite yards, then stalls, repeat ... Your kite stalls, hits the water, you get pulled fast offshore, may relaunch it, only to be stalled again, repeat ... It is frustrating, tiring and dangerous speaking from long past personal experience. It was a lot warmer down here though and not remotely close to the temperatures reported up there yesterday.
The choice cost him his kite and a costly SAR effort to the USCG and authorities. It could have cost him his life however. I wasn't up there by way south but the conditions off the beach looked very poor to me, not really rideable. Was anyone up there kiting off a similar beach with high buildings crowding the shoreline?
Just because it's blowing doesn't mean you should be going as the two examples underscore. Particularly NEW riders need to find a good, quality instructor and take adequate lessons. For more experienced guys, excessively gusty conditions are a lot of work and not much fun plus they might just undo you on an unlucky day.