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Kite Surfer Learns Lesson From Fay  
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8625 posts, RR: 15
Posted (5 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Guys, what do you think: Pure stupidity or (type your answer here). In my opinion, this guys was plain stupid knowing the winds would could potentially do this to him. Hope you enjoy and learn a lesson:

http://news.aol.com/article/kite-sur...id=100214839x1207858084x1200434029

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8898 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
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Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
Pure stupidity

Yes! one must be pretty stupid to go kite surfing at these weather conditions...

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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2648 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
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I saw that on Fox. That is crazy. Why would someone do that? I know they think its a thrill but my god in a Tropical storm almost a hurricane! He is lucky he isn't dead!
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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

WOW just... WOW  eek 

I hate to say this but I'm kinda sad this didn't turn into a Darwin award. I would have put it up there with the lady that ended up in a trash compactor  Yeah sure


User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2064 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

What moron would even think of doing that? I'm at a loss for words to describe how boneheaded this was.  crazy 


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

Does one have to die to get a "Darwin Award"?

This guy should definately get an Honorable Mention!


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Holy....  Wow!

I've done quite a bit of kite surfing and powerkiting (never in near-hurricane conditions though  Silly) - and the sad thing about this is that the kite/chute has BRAKES - not only does it make sure you slow down, it'll literally deflate and land the kite/chute so it can't fly away with you no matter how strong the winds are, and they're easy to engage/disengage...

That, and the first lesson is always; "when in doubt, get the h*ll out" - meaning once you even think you're in trouble, you let go of the damned thing... it'll brake and land eventually anyway when there ain't someone at the other end...



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 1048 times:



Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 6):
That, and the first lesson is always; "when in doubt, get the h*ll out" - meaning once you even think you're in trouble, you let go of the damned thing... it'll brake and land eventually anyway when there ain't someone at the other end...

Apparently the guy didn't have time to release the kite (which was fixed to some sort of belt).

I can see why people would do it - for the adrenalin rush. But he found out the hard way that mother nature can be a harsh mistress.



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4842 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 996 times:

I wonder if he now has a "crazed look" permanently etched on his face? Man, I am sure that was an EYE POPPING experience for him.

I just wish we could have gotten a close up of the look on his face after he lifted off a second time and was flying over the autos right before he hit the wall. He was really movin'. I imagine he really got an adrenalin rush right before hitting that wall! But wasn't that what he was looking for anyway?

Hey, this stunt ranks right up there with those guys who flew off of the Jumbolair runway!



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4842 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 879 times:

And he plans to do it again! Idiot!
He wasn't aware of the nasty weather? Doesn't he ever watch TV, listen to a radio or read a newspaper?

http://cbs4.com/local/Kevin.Kearney.Kite.2.803033.html



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User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 866 times:



Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 7):
Apparently the guy didn't have time to release the kite (which was fixed to some sort of belt).

He was on GMA yesterday morning and does not remember anything after face planting in the sand. There is a quick release button located on the harness that would immediately free you from the kite but according to him it all happened so fast he did not have a chance to react and once he was knocked out when he first hit the sand, the rest was up to mother nature. Probably lucky he was out cold as he might have done even more damage trying to brace for the second impact.


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