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    I have the 2004 Carinha CO2 w/ recon system. I haven t flown anything but these & they depower instantly if you pull the red ball. It basically lengthens the
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 7, 2004
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      I have the 2004 Carinha CO2 w/ recon system. I haven't flown
      anything but these & they depower instantly if you pull the red ball.
      It basically lengthens the 2 center lines (leading edge )by 8-10 feet
      & the kite falls.
      --- In ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com, George Sarris
      <jakefarley2000@y...> wrote:
      > Hung,
      > I agree with you in that the "extreme" or "dangerous"
      > depiction of kiteboarding should be dropped. I kite
      > in conditions of 15-20 kts and it is far from extreme.
      > Above 20 kts such as yesterday here on the west coast
      > of Florida and I resort to windsurfing where I have
      > more experience and feel comfortable up to 35 kts. As
      > with any sport, one can take it to the extreme and
      > that's what gets media attention. Just look at the
      > newscasters/storm chasers out on the southeast coast
      > of Florida in the height of hurricane Frances. They
      > even admit that they are stupid for being out there.
      > Sensationalism sells and there is certainly more
      > sensationalism than ever before with this hurricane.
      >
      > Also, one thing you have brought up in the past is
      > that the kites need to have 90-100% depower
      > capability. I don't know of any LEI kite that has
      > that feature. The manufacturers need to somehow
      > develop this capability.
      >
      > George
      > --- Hung Vu <hungvu2000@r...> wrote:
      >
      > > In the past, almost everyone considered kiting as a
      > > dangerous sport
      > > (probably due to not sufficient data nor awareness)
      > >
      > > Similarly, We did the same on
      > > http://kitesurfingschool.org and paid
      > > quite a bit of attention on safety.
      > >
      > > The combined effort of many kiters and manufacturers
      > > seems pay off
      > > nicely as most kiters and manufacturers is now aware
      > > of the safety
      > > issues of kiting and works on improving the safety
      > > of the sport.
      > >
      > > While labeling kiting as a "dangerous sport" helps
      > > kiters to be aware of
      > > the safety issues, it also create an "extreme",
      > > "rebellious" image of
      > > the sport. This "extreme", "rebellious" image of
      > > the sport may have
      > > been used by some local authority as an argument to
      > > ban kiting at some
      > > locations.
      > >
      > > The reality is that kiting can be a very safe sport
      > > compared to the
      > > others. Locally, We have been kiting around here
      > > since 1998 and until
      > > now haven't had a single serious accidents compare
      > > to snowboarding which
      > > had quite a few accidents in its first few years of
      > > introduction to the
      > > local scence. (last March, a snowboarding
      > > instructors hit me in the back
      > > while I was snowboarding with my son and I had to
      > > stay in bed for 3 weeks)
      > >
      > > Kiting has been mature so much now with a networks
      > > of schools across the
      > > globe and online information such as
      > > kitesurfingschool.org that can
      > > guide newbies through the safety issues of the
      > > sport.
      > >
      > > We will continue to spread the awareness and work on
      > > improving the
      > > safety issues but the information is fairly readily
      > > available now at
      > > schools and online sites. Maybe it's time to drop
      > > the "dangerous sport"
      > > label for kiting?
      > >
      > > Maybe it's time to use the following phrase to
      > > describe kiting safety:
      > > "Kiting is a reasonable safe sport as long as one
      > > follows proper safety
      > > guidelines ..."
      > >
      > > Hung.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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