I believe Chris's Wife will write something detailed shortly but just so this thread doesn't go off in the weeds with conjunction and assumption I'll give a few additional facts which will hopefully put some of this into perspective.
- Chris was wearing boots but his board was completely off his feet and not with him when the first person spoke to him. I don't believe we know how he ended up out of his boots and without his board.
- No one saw him crash or what happened with his kite (lifeguards or other kiters) so there is a big hole as to what started everything.
- The lifeguards testified and said that even though the beach was red-flagged they thought it was a perfect day for kiting and didn't have any issues with kiters being out.
- There were waves but supposedly not that big at all for Watergate bay so any rips etc were not seen as being a major factor.
- The BKSA was at the inquest and spend a lot of time helping the judge understand how everything works in kitesurfing with the kite, lines etc. The BKSA also have had all of Chris's equipment and checked the lines, bar, chicken loop etc to see if there were any malfunctions. Nothing was discovered that show a malfunction with his equipment. There are still some unanswered questions about how the lines snapped and when - but again as no one saw this kite go down it has been hard to connect all the dots.
- Though the final judgement has the cause of death as drowning, there is still a lot of uncertainty here too. It does seem like he had a cardiac event, possibly attributed to a head impact but after a postmortem and numerous investigations, it once again is hard to say exactly what happened, and the order of events.
Chris was a very experienced, sensible kitesurfer and he loved kiteloops and strong winds but sometimes bad things just happen that are out of our control, things we can't plan for. The BKSA has been heavily involved with this incident, know all the details and it is part of their job as the UK governing body to see if there are actually lessons that we can learn from this, if there are, I'm sure they will let us know.