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    A couple of new precautions have been generated on the regular kitesurf list recently. I thought that they deserved repeating on this list. The precautions
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 14, 2001
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      A couple of new precautions have been generated on the regular kitesurf list
      recently. I thought that they deserved repeating on this list. The
      precautions are supported by one kitesurfer fatality in the Netherlands and a
      competitive kitesurfer getting lofted 150 to 200 feet off the ground recently.

      They are as follows:

      1. Kitesurfers should avoid coming near, say within a hundred feet, of
      substantial vertical surfaces, such as buildings, cliffs, bluffs, etc., in
      flyable onshore wind conditions. This would be to avoid getting caught in
      the updraft flowing up the side of the structure along with the consequences
      of coming down hard.

      2. Avoid flying your kite near thermal generating conditions. Such
      conditions may included heated dark fields, parking lots, large sandy areas,
      rising masses or high ground i.e. hills, mountains or CONDOS OR OTHER TALL
      BUILDINGS , clear skies with bright sun, cold fronts with high pressure
      systems. Other likely thermal collectors to stay away from with a kite aloft
      include large groups of trees, hot asphalt with cars, crop fields, etc.
      essentially any large and dark area which can trap air PRIOR to the breeze
      becoming strong enough to cause penetration and allow mixing. This
      precaution would be to avoid suddenly getting lifted, perhaps to hundreds of
      feet off the ground in an invisible thermal. Thermals are very common,
      lofting kitesurfers are not, for whatever reason, so don't become too
      intimidated. It just pays to be cautious. This precaution is admittedly
      vague, largely because we are still learning about the phenomena. When in
      doubt, don't fly. You could talk with local hang gliders and paragliders
      about local thermal phenomena to gain more information. Also stay unhooked
      while on land and at risk of getting lofted.

      For further information on both of these conditions refer to the regular
      kitesurf list under the keywords "thermal" and "flight caution"

      Fly Safe,
      Rick
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