There is a lot of truth and insight to what you are saying. Until
people take a hazard seriously, they can't begin to effectively deal
with it. People sometimes require enough injury and loss to "justify"
taking reasonable precautions. Until that time, these sort of things
"happen to the other guy" if the though ever enters their head in the
Considering everyone that I have talked to about wearing helmets
forget they are wearing them in short order, there really isn't much
of a functional reason not to wear them. Still, it comes down to
A helmet might have made an important difference in Alex's and many
other accidents. Still, few people were wearing them in Miami last
November and perhaps not many more are today. Details about the
accident appear at the top of:
Would you play American football without a helmet? Who hits harder,
football players or a lofted kiteboarder? How many football players
travel at 20 to 30 mph + and fly through the air 20 ft. high and 50
ft. horizontally plus?
Think about it, a lot is riding on your choice in this matter whether
you acknowledge the risk exists or not.
--- In email@example.com, "Eddie Toy" <etoy@s...> wrote:
> Thanks for the update Rick. I know alot of us have been wanting to
> condition after the accident. I'm very sorry to hear of this tragic
> outcome, and even though I didn't personally know Alex, I too want to
> express my support for his family and friends.
> I think this is a good time to reflect on this accident and how many
> still don't use helmets today when they are kiteboarding. Yesterday
> crazy 30 mph winds one of our local kiteboarders illustrated why
> should be wearing one, especially when the wind is strong and gusty.
> with no obstacles your board can come off and become a projectile.
> The guy I'm talking about in this case is an experienced airplane
> is 19 years old and has been kiteboarding for 1 year. He has progressed
> rapidly and is now landing double back rolls on a consistent basis.
> Yesterday he was flying a 9 meter kite with a 51 cm bar in 28-35 mph
> and he weighs only about 160 pounds. Suffice it to say that he was
> overpowered. I weigh 190 and I was overpowered on my 9. As he
passed by me
> he loaded up the kite and went for a double back roll. He sent the
> far back and it sent him off axis, so he accidentally pulled too
hard on his
> front hand. This sent the kite into a dive and instantly
accelerated him to
> close to the wind speed. He lost the board at some point and I
> almost head plant the board as he got rag dolled across the water at
> speed. He was able to redirect the kite and came to a stop
> got his board and brought it downwind to him, but as I dropped it
off I told
> him that if he was going to be charging it that hard he needed to be
> a helmet. He later told me that he saw stars on impact, and he sat
> for several minutes before continuing.
> The thing is, no matter who you are or how good you get, there are
> going to be unexpected things that you can't plan for. Wearing a
> not make you look cool, but it will protect your most important
> things go wrong, your brain. The last thing I want is to have to rescue
> someone who I taught to kiteboard and ruin a good day, or lose access
> because someone made a mistake. If everyone wears helmets while
> riding that is just one more thing that we won't have to worry
> it on and forget about it. The life you save may be your own.
> Thanks for listening.
> Eddie Toy
> Kiteboarding Instructor
> Extreme Kites
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick Iossi [mailto:flkitesurfer@h...]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 5:28 AM
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> Subject: [FKSA] Alex Caviglia Passes On
> Alex Caviglia, accomplished windsurfer and kiteboarder, former
> founder of Adventure Sports, Inc., the North and South American
> for Cabrinha, Neil Pryde, Bic and Tiga, died in hospital Saturday,
> 13, 2004.
> Alex suffered a severe head injury in a kiteboarding accident one
> Alex fought hard to recover, and was able to express his love for
> and friends before he left us. Alex is survived by his wife, Silvia
> children Bianca and Michael.
> I would like to extend my sincere feelings of loss and regret for the
> passing of this well known and liked man. I wish strength and solace
> Cavigilas and their many friends in this sad time of loss.
> Silvia Caviglia requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be
> memory of her husband Alex to "Alex's Bluewater Foundation." The "Alex's
> Bluewater Foundation" is a non-profit charitable foundation
> formed to benefit victims of watersports related injury. Additional
> information regarding this foundation will be posted shortly.
> Donations may be sent to:
> Alex's Bluewater Foundation
> c/o Silvia Caviglia
> 5724 SW 131 TERRACE
> MIAMI, FL 33156
> Services will be held at:
> St. Louis Catholic Church
> 7270 S.W. 120th Street
> Pinecrest, FL 3315
> With the viewing from 4 to 5 pm and mass from 5 to 6 pm on Thursday,
> November 18, 2004. There will be a burial at sea at 2 pm, Saturday,
> 20, 2004.
> * This time of year, particularly November, brings periods of strong
> and a sad legacy of accidents for kiteboarders throughout the world.
> be careful out there.
> FKA, Inc.
> transcribed by:
> Rick Iossi
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