The video provides a good review of techniques we learned in both hard and easy ways back in the two and four line LEI days for trying to manage in overpowered conditions. It recommends things equivalent to "keep it low and go" during launching. It talks about uplift lofting and thermal bubble phenomena with nice animated graphics to go with. It covers wind gradient and ways to avoid the dodgier areas. Things we have talked about on here for 15 to 18 years but nicely placed all in one short well edited video. That is all good and an asset to the sport.
The one curious thing, is that at no time is it recommended to just completely kill the kite's power, hit the primary quick release to fully depower the kite and be ready to hit the secondary and set the kite free if things still go south.
I watched it a few times to see if I missed it but no, this imperative we have talked since near the start is missing. IF you have time to do what is recommended, you have time to punch out, hit your QR, so why wait if excessive gusts are coming? That is assuming you even know in advance, we often have no idea.
It says to "never stand waiting for your fate with the kite at 12 o'clock." We used to say words to that effect a lot back in the day. It does advocate keeping your kite low, even while being dragged at high speed, while still "waiting for your fate" when you could defuse the whole thing by hitting your QR, as the kites have long been designed for. Why is this?
The video talks about "white squalls" which may be microbursts, something we have talked about a good deal on here. They can shear off an entire forest of thick tree trunks, sink large sailing vessels, rip off roofs and destroy buildings with winds up to 170 mph over a narrow radius of a couple of miles but your going to keep your kite flying as you see white water approaching?
This microburst did what you see below with only 70 kt. winds estimated. They can go double that windspeed (with four times the power). Who wants to have their kite up for this? You should think about this carefully, now, not in the milliseconds of a high wind crisis.
Many kiters including quite a few skilled ones have been harmed and killed by hanging on too long in excessively strong winds. Some have had their kites low too but too much wind is just that. If you are going to hang on, the techniques presented are sound BUT if the wind goes too high, you screw up, slip, get hit by another kite and get dragged or lofted high speed into whatever, what then? Punch out completely early, what has changed if anything? It is worth noting that the majority of kiting fatalities over the years have happened in 25 to 35 kt. winds, whether sudden or sustained. No need to go to 40 kts.+ for calamity in short. People may worry about swimming, sensible enough. If that is a concern they should have an impact vest on and don't go out further than they are able to swim in from, particularly in hypothermic conditions.
Some may be taking hazardous weather less seriously, a number of us are getting harmed in recent months in stronger conditions. We should take a hard look at things.