Re: [ksurfschool] Re: Alex Caviglia's Kiteboarding Accident
- 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
----- Original Message -----
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)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rick Iossi" <flkitesurfer@h...>
> I just received the following detailed accident summary from Kent
> Marinkovic, close friend and colleague of Alex Caviglia. Kent
> several bystanders and kiteboarders at the accident scene in
> "On Tuesday, November 12, 2003 at approximately 3:30 pm, Alex
> 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
> onshore. The incident occurred within seconds after the launch of
> 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
> kite and had released the kite after Alex had signaled him to do so.
> launch was clean and free from fouls or twists. Alex proceeded to
> kite to approximately the 3:00 position (about 12 to18 feet above
> and very low). Just after the launch, the gusty conditions caused
> to drift slightly back (down wind and over the shoreline),
> to10 feet from its original position which was far forward and out
> power zone. The kite quickly and sharply accelerated, causing Alex
> forward, out of control. Given the extremely narrow span of the launch
> region, Alex had literally a fraction of a second before colliding
> shoreline. Two witnesses (both kitesurfers) indicated that Alex had
> the time, nor the opportunity to activate his safety release system
> 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
> rescue helicopter immediately. Alex was airlifted to Jackson
> center in Miami where he remains.
> Alex's current condition is critical, but stable. He has suffered
> head injuries, but doctors have performed procedures that have gone as
> planned and without incident. He is reported to also have other
> less threatening injuries. These injuries are yet to be determined.
> at Jackson Memorial hospital have indicated that more information on
> severity of Alex's injuries will come during the next 48 hours. "
> Kent related some encouraging news from the hospital to me. Alex has
> to a degree into what the doctors call a "light coma." That is even
> he is still unconscious, he is responding to some verbal
> still has some ground to recover but this is excellent news! Alex, our
> prayers and thoughts are with you.
> FKA, Inc.
> transcribed by: Rick Iossi
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