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Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Alex Caviglia's Kiteboarding Accident

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  • Bob March
    Hey Hung, In florida october through april is the most consistent time. It is also the windiest time and not too cold all winter. This november has been
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 13, 2003
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      Hey Hung,
      In florida october through april is the most consistent time. It is also the windiest time and not too cold all winter. This november has been exceptionally windy 35+mph which we dont see that often.
      Wish alex the best
      Bob
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: hungvuatnetcomdotca
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:58 PM
      Subject: [ksurfschool] Re: Alex Caviglia's Kiteboarding Accident


      This is a terrible news!

      I hope that Alex will fully recover soon.

      November seems to be the worst month for kiting accidents. I am just
      wondering why ???

      (we normally don't kite around here in November: too cold for
      kitesurfing and too warm for kiteskiing/kitesnowboarding)

      Hung.

      --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, "Rick Iossi" <flkitesurfer@h...>
      wrote:
      > I just received the following detailed accident summary from Kent
      > Marinkovic, close friend and colleague of Alex Caviglia. Kent
      interviewed
      > several bystanders and kiteboarders at the accident scene in
      preparing this
      > summary.
      >
      >
      > "On Tuesday, November 12, 2003 at approximately 3:30 pm, Alex
      Caviglia the
      > President of Adventure Sports was injured in a serious kiteboarding
      > accident. The incident occurred at Matheson Hammock Park in a suburb of
      > Miami. Matheson Hammock is one of the most popular locations for
      > kiteboarding in Miami. The conditions at the time of the incident were
      > ranging between 21-34 MPH and gusty. The wind was from the NNE and
      directly
      > onshore. The incident occurred within seconds after the launch of
      his kite.
      > The launch area is confined and approximately 35 meters in length
      and 2 to-5
      > meters in width (from the water to the parking lot). Due to the onshore
      > conditions and the narrow width of the launch site, Alex was limited to
      > being only 4 to 5 feet from the shore (knee deep in water) prior to his
      > launch. His kite was also either over the land or just 2-3 feet off the
      > shoreline. An experienced kiteboarder assisted in the launching of
      Alex's
      > kite and had released the kite after Alex had signaled him to do so.
      The
      > launch was clean and free from fouls or twists. Alex proceeded to
      raise the
      > kite to approximately the 3:00 position (about 12 to18 feet above
      the water
      > and very low). Just after the launch, the gusty conditions caused
      the kite
      > to drift slightly back (down wind and over the shoreline),
      approximately 8
      > to10 feet from its original position which was far forward and out
      of the
      > power zone. The kite quickly and sharply accelerated, causing Alex
      to lurch
      > forward, out of control. Given the extremely narrow span of the launch
      > region, Alex had literally a fraction of a second before colliding
      with the
      > shoreline. Two witnesses (both kitesurfers) indicated that Alex had
      neither
      > the time, nor the opportunity to activate his safety release system
      and that
      > his hands never left the bar.
      >
      > Fortunately, two of the witnesses on the beach (one a kiter) were fire
      > fighters and certified paramedics. The first assistance by one of the
      > witnessing paramedics reached Alex within 15 seconds of the time of the
      > accident. The quick acting paramedics were able to contact emergency
      > services within seconds and directly request that the Trauma center
      launch a
      > rescue helicopter immediately. Alex was airlifted to Jackson
      Memorial Trauma
      > center in Miami where he remains.
      >
      > Alex's current condition is critical, but stable. He has suffered
      serious
      > head injuries, but doctors have performed procedures that have gone as
      > planned and without incident. He is reported to also have other
      serious, but
      > less threatening injuries. These injuries are yet to be determined.
      Doctors
      > at Jackson Memorial hospital have indicated that more information on
      the
      > severity of Alex's injuries will come during the next 48 hours. "
      >
      >
      > Kent related some encouraging news from the hospital to me. Alex has
      revived
      > to a degree into what the doctors call a "light coma." That is even
      though
      > he is still unconscious, he is responding to some verbal
      instructions. Alex
      > still has some ground to recover but this is excellent news! Alex, our
      > prayers and thoughts are with you.
      >
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