I have answered your post just because it was the top one in the digest I
just received, but also because you say that every instructor teaches to
park at zenith in Cabarete!
I thought the IKO was based there, and no IKO instructor would ever teach
you to park youur kite at zenith?
If you are referring to kites that auto zenith like the arc, it is a very
I sent Mel a get well message privately, and I am sure he will elaborate
more when he is in less pain. As far as I can tell auto zenith had nothing
to do with Mels accident, but more from persisting in riding in what he has
often described as the gusty beach from kitehell, landing unassisted, and
some bad luck.
Gusty winds kill kiters, look at all the nasty injuries and deaths in Ricks
journal of carnage, I hope Mel can return to kiting and that he finds a
better place to kite.
If the wind is gusting more than 5 knots there is a strong possibility of
lofting, especially with more experienced riders who are carrying as much
kite as possible.
Just because an arc kite, including the new g-arc feels like it handles
gusts better than inflatos ( I would not know, others have said this) does
not mean this kite will be less prone to lofting riders. It may lull people
into a false sense of security, if they rely on auto zenith too much or too
People have been lofted on Cabarete, I read of one miraculous escape a few
months ago, the experienced rider travelled a couple of hundred meters
inland, but escaped serious injury.
A very common injury of loftings is spinal damage, and broken limbs, things
that can kill you or maim you for a pain filled lifetime and no more kiting.
> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 14:19:04 -0000
> From: "David Alger" <DAlger@...>
> Subject: Mel's lofting
> Goodspeed, Mel!
> At Cabarete, Zenith parking is a way of life. EVERY rider does it.
> EVERY instructor teaches it. Park you kite and eat a sandwich hooked
> in. Side on 25 knots. Palms and hotels be dammed. I don't know what
> to think. - new rider.