Re: [ksurfschool] How many deaths/injuries ?
Centerline loops have played an important role in many accidents, my own
included. Riders need to fundamentally reexamine how they use these devices
and safety equipment. I include in safety equipment aftermarket upgrades
like snap shackles, quick release loops and lines, helmets, impact vests,
etc. Sound like a pain and stuff you really don't need? Lots of riders
including some very good ones are learning the harsh truth of the opposite
along with a fair amount of pain and suffering. The safest way by far to
approach things is to hold you bar until you are at least 200 m away from
hard objects. If a strong gust hits or something else goes wrong you just
drop the bar. Doing this takes more effort and restricts the maximum kite
size that you can use. What is the use of taking out a larger kite if it
puts you in the hospital or worse? This will happen to a number of
kitesurfers, it has already. Something not only to think about but also to
Another big threat to kitesurfing is new folks trying out kitesurfing. That
is without any proper instruction, often without wrist leashes and playing
traction kite on the beach among a bunch of bystanders. If you want to play
on the beach you should use a I say a group of South Africans doing this in
SE Florida yesterday. They honestly felt that it was nothing worse than
using a surfboard without a leash. I told them that I had a partitially
confirmed report of a girl in France that was killed by a runaway bar a
couple of years ago. Also, crashing the kite down and around bathers and
bystanders of the beach exposes those people to line cuts or worse. The
point is they saw it a big toy kite and they were playing with it. Of
course this same size kite moved a 3300 lb. mini van a foot a few months ago
in Cape Hatteras. In large part, I give responsibility to the person that
sold this fellow the used kites. If you are selling used kites, it isn't
enough just to find a buyer, you owe it to the buyer, other kitesurfers and
yourself to compel him to take adequate lessons. If not, bans are rising.
They had an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal about
kitesurfing today. It wasn't wholely flattering focusing on turf wars
between kitesurfers, windsurfers and others. See
http://online.wsj.com/public/us We really need to take care of these
problems before the regulators do it for for us.
<< Someone has brought to my attention that they too have heard/observed of
a number of chicken loop related accidents.
Since there is no way to know the true numbers, I just made a quick
browse through the accident database compiled by Rick Ossi and did a
quick search for "loop" and found at least 5 cases which has the words
"chicken loop" or "center loop" in them. There are a number of other
cases where the chicken loop was not explicitly mentioned but it could
be the culprit as one simply can't unhook from the chicken loop in
emergency situations ...
Of course there are more ...