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Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby JaZone » Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:13 pm

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021 ... auderdale/

Anyone have more details on this incident?

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby Toby » Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:26 pm

Sad to hear. Condolences to family and friends.

Anyone has wind stats to see how strong it was ?

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby Faxie » Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:49 pm

Toby wrote:
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:26 pm
Sad to hear. Condolences to family and friends.

Anyone has wind stats to see how strong it was ?
Happened in the morning but I don't know at what time, but looking at the stats on windfinder the wind suddenly stepped up from 10 to 20+ knots. Kite was a 14m.

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby jespin4845 » Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:24 pm

There was a couple of 30 knot gusts a couple of hours north of there in the morning

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby Toby » Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:10 am

30 knots sounds more like being uncontrollable. 20 should be ok even with a 14.

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby edt » Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:12 am

could have been a 60 knot gust at the exact moment he launched. That would be extremely unlucky.

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby Dave_5280 » Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:14 am

Rest In Peace Fred Salter, and condolences to your family, friends and community.

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby RickI » Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:25 am

A preliminary summary pending review of more information and fact checking: The accident involved a well experienced kiter on a 14 m kite. For now it looks there was a nasty squall/thunderstorm moving into the beach. Winds before the storm may have been fine for a 14 m but not during. He decided try to get a quick session in. He had just solo launched before entering the water when he may have been hit by a strong squall gust perhaps on the order of over 50 mph lofting him into the house. A nearby windgraph from Port Everglades shows up below. I am still trying to learn the exact time of the accident as reports have varied. It seems to have been sometime around 9 and 10 am+ local time.
I don't know where he setup to launch in what was an east to southeast wind but the time required to understand what was happening, decide what to do about it and actually do it before impact was likely very short.
He was apparently lofted into the four story house suffering major injury. Emergency personal reportedly found him on the east side of the house. News reports say his spine was broken. His kite ended up on the far west side of the house, hanging below the roof line. He was airlifted out by helicopter to the local hospital where he later passed.
He was a well liked and known local kiter who will be missed, RIP. I feel particularly sorry and concerned for his young children. A fund raiser for them will likely be started soon.

- Avoid squalls, don't launch into them, failing that, depower fully, well before they arrive. The gusty winds can hammer in so fast as to defy reaction in time. - Do proper weather planning checking wx warnings, radar/satellite imagery and upweather wind while monitoring changes at the beach, always.
- Make sure you're close to 100% healthy when kiting. If in doubt, don't go out.
- No session is worth the rest of your life. Be conservative, even if you have to force yourself a bit. Even experienced kiters, sometimes extremely experienced ones are undone in squalls/thunderstorms.
- Lots more squalls to come with tropical weather season in the region. Please look out for yourselves.

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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby matth » Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:30 am

This photos was posted on another forum. You can clearly see a outward boundary from the T-storm offshore. Image
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Re: Kitesurfer dies after slamming into wall of home in Fort Lauderdale

Postby Toby » Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:27 am

50 knots, that’s nasty and explains it.

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