It looked real, at first. The ad caused some controversy and was apparently quickly pulled.
Although my kite warning label is starting to peel off, nonetheless, every time I pump up, I am hit with a warning that kiting is a potentially hazardous sport.
I must confess, that as someone not athletically gifted, I have experienced my fare share of things that can go wrong, but aside from some bruising and a few close calls, I have never been injured. I do respect the power of the kite, and when I go to new areas, checking with the locals is a given.
Despite best intentions and preparation, things can go wrong. What this site will attempt to do is to categorize the many types of injuries and accidents, to increase awareness of potential risks, as you plan for a safe outing.
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August 18, 2008 - Emergency officials have been warning South Floridians to seek shelter during Tropical Storm Fay but a man in Fort Lauderdale seeking some thrills on the rough surf didn't heed that warning and ended up in the hospital after being hurt in an astonishing kite boarding accident that was caught on camera.
A CBS4 news crew was on Fort Lauderdale beach at A1A and east Las Olas Boulevard when a huge gust of wind from Fay blew down the beach and took the kite boarder by surprise. The kite boarder was harnessed into his sail when the wind violently picked him up and slammed him onto the sandy beach. Then, he was dragged across the sand before being lifted up into the air again and blown across the street where the wind slammed him into a building.
Witnesses ran to help the unidentified kite surfer who lay crumpled on the ground in pain.
Fort Lauderdale fire rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene and transported him to Broward General Medical Center. His condition is unknown. Source: WKRG.com
La Ventana, Mexico - December 12, 2008
A Hood River woman has died from injuries she sustained in a kiteboarding accident on vacation near La Ventana, Mexico.
Christina Bockius, 43, was treated in a La Paz hospital Tuesday after breaking her neck and was transported by air to OHSU where she died early yesterday morning, her brother-in-law, Peter Hixson, said today.
She was not in the water when it happened, Hixson said, but was found on the sand with her kiteboard dragging her down the beach.
An avid skier and windsurfer, Bockius spent 60 days or more a year kiteboarding after picking up the sport a few years ago, Hixson said, adding sports were “her path.”
Source: The Kiteboarder.com