Re: Beginner injured by lack of good judgement
>A gust caught him and put him downsafe
> on the rocky dyke. He ended up breaking his elbow and severely
> bruising his hip.
> The point of this story is to put your kite down in the water a
> distance from any downwind obstacles. 2 kite lengths is a goodrule
> of thumb. Wear a helmet as well.Agreed. Sad story. I understand not everyone is as lucky as we are
here in L.A. to have a place like Belmont Shores to learn -- wide
long beach, steady wind, and few obstacles (a few lifeguard towers).
Personally, I don't think I'd kite in an area with a rocky dyke and
only 1/2 mile of open water. This sport just has too many potential
hazards once you start limiting the area and adding obstacles and/or
gusty wind. I complained on the Socal kiting board about some
newbies I observed at another L.A. kiting location with similar
hazards -- Topanga. In my opinion, newbies and instructors (and ALL
of us) need to exercise extreme caution and good judgment, and
perhaps that means not learning to kite in your hometown but making a
special trip to somewhere more suitable for kiting....Sounds like a
good excuse for a vacation ;-)
- <kitesrfer@...> wrote:
> If you come within athe
> hundred feet of a vertical surface with an onshore wind, I would depower
> kite by whatever means necessary to avoid potentially being lofted.Flying the kite low to the surface will accomplish the same thing.