Re: Kudos for Mel
- Here is Mel's response to me:
> What happened? Are you ok? Let me know if we can do anything tohelp
> you out!Thanks for the kind offer. Supposedly I'll recover eventually.
Cabrillo is what happened. Here's my log entry (feel free to post
it anywhere you feel appropriate - "Cabrillo Kitemares"?)
5/22/3 0hrs. Guerilla 13
Winds were between 10-22 & 11-24mph (on iwindsurf.com). A gust on
launching (with the kite low at the water's edge) pulled me a bit
too far downwind to grab my board (where I'd left it near the sanded
kite) on the way into the water. I flew carefully through zenith &
low over land, to get back upwind of the board, but while carefully
flying through zenith to get it back over the water again a gust hit
at the exact wrong moment, lifting me about 8', so I couldn't
continue moving the kite down. As soon as I landed another gust
hit, lifting me about 20', & while I made the landing okay (on feet
with bent knees) there was sufficient impact to fracture my spine.
Lesson: Don't EVER fly at zenith, even momentarily, unless in deep
water. If the kite accidentally reaches zenith, release IMMEDIATELY,
before there's a chance of getting lofted.
Solution: Leave the board well downwind of the sanded kite, so even
if dragged by a gust, it's still within reach..
Hope you get better soon Mel!