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PostSubject: Sad news......   Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:32 pm

A Kitesurfer was sadly killed at Hunstanton yesterday.....kite looped out of control. They have a lot of break walls there os I'm guessing he hit one of those.

Double check your QR and also your knife......and remember "distance"

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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:44 am

Really terrible. I know a lot of us have had a kite looping uncontrollably but for those who haven't once it starts to go it's unlikely you'll be able to stop it, just get rid of the kite by which ever means is necessary. The last time this happened to me the leash wrapped round the spreader bar and I was heading for the dunes at Aberavon, the only option was to release my harness. Like Marc says check your QR on a regular basis, make sure you know where your secondary release is and practice using it from time to time, have your kite leash attached to a point near the front or side of your harness and don't be afraid to ditch your kite no matter how much you love it.
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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:39 am

Excellent points.....


This is the reason why I keep going on about NOT launching at the top of the beach near the rocks at Aber & Rest Bay.

At the Jam recently we were hit by that 50mph squall and predictably a few of the Bristol Uni guys ended up being dragged onto the rocks...move up the feckin' beach!!!

Only last week I refused (yet again) to launch a kite for a guy up by the rocks at Rest Bay, when the tide was right out, I told him to walk to low tide and I'd happily launch his kite there.

He was an experienced kiter.

It seems it's often the experienced that tend to do this more but then newbies think it's ok also and soon follow suit.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:25 am

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/investigation_under_way_into_hunstanton_kite_surfing_tragedy_as_tributes_pour_in_for_sean_sands_1_3984200
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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:49 am

Very Sad news,,

I am aware that safety come first, second and third. But accidents happen in every sport..

My thoughts go out to his family....
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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:00 am

Please remember in the video below it's a BIG stretch of sand, it's not nuking squally winter winds like we can suddenly get.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:17 am

Most likely cause of that incident Marc??
Crossed lines??
Just shows how quickly things get out of hand.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad news......   Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:21 am

He had the bar the wrong way around in the first instance, he should have released pretty soon after that.

This is one of the reasons I like a shaped bar with the finger grips on them.


He then got dragged over his lines by the looks of it and got a line wrapped around his bar?

I used a kite with a round circumference bar on a demo kite the other day, whilst in big surf I accidentally dropped the kite and then had the full rinse cycle. Once I started to try to relaunch the kite I was really struggling to get the kite back up....and got hit by a few more big waves.

Normally I would have realised the bar was the wrong way immediately and switched it around...in our murky waters it's hard to see this (it's not always easy even in clear waters)
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