RE: [ksurf] WATCH OUT FOR BOATS!
- Great advice! Something to really watch out for would be a boat going over
your lines. I heard a story about a boat that came close to pickup a
kiteboarder and ended up tangling his lines on the propeller and reeling him
in then slamming him head first into the hull fairly hard. The boat was
If a fast moving boat passes over your lines things could get very intense
in a blink of an eye. You could be pulled under the water for an extended
period, possibly cut or otherwise injured. If it looks like a boat is going
to cross over your lines, make sure you are unhooked and free of any
entangling lines. It may also be a good idea to release your kite leash
attachment if you are certain the boat is going to hit your lines. Of
course prior to this time it would be good to blow your whistle at them to
try to stop the boat. Just before the boat hits your lines one approach
could be to drop your bar and swim backwards away from it to make sure that
there is no possibility of your being tangled in the lines. If he boat does
snag your lines and the kite relaunches things could get very interesting
and complicated. The best solution is to avoid falling into this situation
in the first place as the outcome will be uncertain and messy.
From: tswierkocki [mailto:tswierkocki@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2002 8:11 PM
Subject: [ksurf] WATCH OUT FOR BOATS!
I had an incident with a boat the other weekend. I passed pretty
far behind a boat thinking I would get some air off the wake. The
boat was moving pretty fast so I figured they were just out
cruising. Next thing I know there is a fishing line wrapped
around my kite lines. I switched direction to try and get
untangled. About a second later four baited hooks are coming
at me! Somehow I got untangled right before hooks got me.
Close call! Looking back I should have cut the line with my hook
knife but it happened so fast.
So stay away from boats and be safe!
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