4984Re: A dangerous sport ???
- Sep 7, 2004I have the 2004 Carinha CO2 w/ recon system. I haven't flown
anything but these & they depower instantly if you pull the red ball.
It basically lengthens the 2 center lines (leading edge )by 8-10 feet
& the kite falls.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, George Sarris
> I agree with you in that the "extreme" or "dangerous"
> depiction of kiteboarding should be dropped. I kite
> in conditions of 15-20 kts and it is far from extreme.
> Above 20 kts such as yesterday here on the west coast
> of Florida and I resort to windsurfing where I have
> more experience and feel comfortable up to 35 kts. As
> with any sport, one can take it to the extreme and
> that's what gets media attention. Just look at the
> newscasters/storm chasers out on the southeast coast
> of Florida in the height of hurricane Frances. They
> even admit that they are stupid for being out there.
> Sensationalism sells and there is certainly more
> sensationalism than ever before with this hurricane.
> Also, one thing you have brought up in the past is
> that the kites need to have 90-100% depower
> capability. I don't know of any LEI kite that has
> that feature. The manufacturers need to somehow
> develop this capability.
> --- Hung Vu <hungvu2000@r...> wrote:
> > In the past, almost everyone considered kiting as a
> > dangerous sport
> > (probably due to not sufficient data nor awareness)
> > Similarly, We did the same on
> > http://kitesurfingschool.org and paid
> > quite a bit of attention on safety.
> > The combined effort of many kiters and manufacturers
> > seems pay off
> > nicely as most kiters and manufacturers is now aware
> > of the safety
> > issues of kiting and works on improving the safety
> > of the sport.
> > While labeling kiting as a "dangerous sport" helps
> > kiters to be aware of
> > the safety issues, it also create an "extreme",
> > "rebellious" image of
> > the sport. This "extreme", "rebellious" image of
> > the sport may have
> > been used by some local authority as an argument to
> > ban kiting at some
> > locations.
> > The reality is that kiting can be a very safe sport
> > compared to the
> > others. Locally, We have been kiting around here
> > since 1998 and until
> > now haven't had a single serious accidents compare
> > to snowboarding which
> > had quite a few accidents in its first few years of
> > introduction to the
> > local scence. (last March, a snowboarding
> > instructors hit me in the back
> > while I was snowboarding with my son and I had to
> > stay in bed for 3 weeks)
> > Kiting has been mature so much now with a networks
> > of schools across the
> > globe and online information such as
> > kitesurfingschool.org that can
> > guide newbies through the safety issues of the
> > sport.
> > We will continue to spread the awareness and work on
> > improving the
> > safety issues but the information is fairly readily
> > available now at
> > schools and online sites. Maybe it's time to drop
> > the "dangerous sport"
> > label for kiting?
> > Maybe it's time to use the following phrase to
> > describe kiting safety:
> > "Kiting is a reasonable safe sport as long as one
> > follows proper safety
> > guidelines ..."
> > Hung.
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