The kite & board manufacturers need to take a safety stand
- In its early days, kitesurfing is a VERY DANGEROUS sport as nobody know
what to do or expect.
RickI was one of the first victims of the chicken loop (I was somewhat
responsible for its popularity) and he in turn became the ambassador of
the kitesurfing safety cruisade (great work Rick!).
Over the years, most of the danger of kitesurfing is very well known.
There will be more accidents for sure but most of them will be very much
Kitesurfing safety issues and work around are pretty well-known and very
well documented at schools or online.
It's time for the manufacturers to take a stand regarding safety and to
be more responsible.
One of the manufacturers I know of is Litewave who takes a very serious
stand regarding safety (no board leash - as board leash is dangerous).
All other kite and board manufacturers need to take a stand regarding
safety: How safe their equipment is and what to do to make it safe...
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We have at the european kitesruf-trophy.de already a safety standard.
The riders equipment need to fit to the standart if you want to
The Safetychief mmMeikel also publiced the results in the german kite
mag. The results are postet at kitforum.com too. I think it is a good
Brands should develop equipment, that is also save in practice and not
only at theoretical tests. That is quite easy now, because every brand
only need to collect if there was a problem with there equipment.
If the people will discuss problems in the forums, brands are pushed to
develop save equipment that works in real live.