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On 16 June 2011, a small group of friends went to the Vaal Dam to take advantage of the strong wind forecast. As a novice kitesurfer, I underestimated the co…
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I did not understand exactly which kind of injuries you experienced, I just
hope you are fine now. Kite is not a game, and accidents come so fast and
unexpected. When I was beginner in 2001, kite was at its infancy, and I got
overpowered like you with a 10 meters and 30 knots. I was young and stupid,
and very excited by the strong wind. At the end, I released the kite for a
miracle (at that time kites were not equipped with quick-release) and after
a fear to be died, I recovered my kite.
80% of accidents occured on land, during a take off.
KEEP ALWAYS ONE HAND ON YOUR QUICK-RELEASE
ASK TO SOMEONE TO HANG YOU FROM THE BACK OF THE HARNESS
KEEP THE KITE AT THE EXTREME SIDE ON LAND, NEVER AT THE ZENITH
NEVER BE OVERPOWERED (KITE-SIZE)
IF POSSIBLE LAUNCH THE KITE WHILE YOU ARE IN THE WATER (UP TO KNEES)
Good wind and luck to everyone!!
Dan – hope you recover well!! Ive done my share of VERY stupid things but
thank goodness never serious, always turned out well. I would totally do
those things differently now..but yeah…I didnt know then.
my advice to who watches this video –
ALWAYS have one hand on the quicky-release system so you can quickly
release the kite if you catch a gust / wind too strong…etc..
release the emergency chickenloop reflex , one of the firts steps i have
learned . and i do not understand but it looks like his safetyline is
connected behind his bar wich is WRONG.
wow way too windy for land bro
so kann mann auch nüsse pflücken.
Hi Dan thank for share your accident, your biggest mistake wasn’t fly the
kite in 20 knots the mistakes was:
1st: bad choice of place to launch ( we need at least 4 times the length
of the lines free of obstacles downwind on more that 15 knots i recommend 6
times the length of the lines thats is 150 meter free downwind).
2nd: the size of the kite respect to your level of riding-weight-wind
speed-lengh of lines choice was wrong.
3rd: The person that teach you, or never teach you to use the quick release
or you forget what to do in a case of a big emergency, doesn’t looks you
try to eject your kite. IS very importantant to practice this a lot from
day 1, many people only see it and never try it or try it only coup of
times that is not safe enough. This procedure need to be practice until
your brain do it fast and automatic.
4th: provably this don’t happened if you was with a certified instructor
(always is cheaper pay lessons than kites or ever worst hospital bills)
ouch! that really hurts! i have intervertebral hernia, l5-s1 , and I just
thought to learn kite. what would you say? could be kiting dangerous for my
back or if i take care i could stil kite in normal conditions? i hope
you’re ok now!
Sailed laser nationals in 2013 at that same club and wind also picked up
Diều lượn 3m3
Kitesurfing disaster at the Vaal Dam: http://youtu.be/2Am1y_m2g1Y
Bar loslassen -> Auslösen -> Kite abschießen… kann man alles machen, und
man sollte es auch machen!!!
#kitesurfing #kiteboarding #kitesurf #kitesurfen #kitesurfennl
Kitemare at the Vaal Dam in South Africa!
ouch! that’s horrible. Hope you well.Get back on your feet and be safer
next time. Seems like you got over powered . Not for nothing if I was you I
would have QR’d.The hell with the kite.
Where at the Vaal did you fly?
I’d have to strongly agree with that advice. 😛
Oooffff,that was cruel punishment.Had over a decade of high wind
sailboarding and wavesailing experience.Usually sail massively overpowered
because I like it that way.Had gear break a couple of miles offshore and
paddledback in F9. Even compared to this though, kitesurfing in adverse
conditions is an extreme sport.You cannot shut the power off and if you get
the kite sweeping through powerzone at high speed,the power is
unbelievable,broken 500lb lines ..and I weigh 140.
Thank you for summing up what I really want people to learn from this
video. You are absolutely right, buying a new kite would have been about
ten times cheaper. But you live and learn. Fortunately I lived, and
hopefully others can learn without repeating my mistakes. It’s refreshing
to get comments from polite and helpful individuals such as yourself. Happy
Everybody was a beginner and made mistakes. I watched a lot of kitemare
videos on the youtube when i was learning, reading comments that gave some
advice that helped. I am really glad you made this video explaining with an
animation what has happened exactly and your injury. It is going to help a
lot of people teaching us to be humble when putting ourselves against the
forces of nature. Said that, I am really sorry you stopped kiting, it is a
great sport. I wish you good adrenaline hunting
Thank you for the good advice. I was very very fortunate that I wasn’t
paralysed. It could have easily been different. Fortunately the surgeon was
able to rebuild my vertebra with a balloon kyphoplasty. I’m very thankful
that I’m not paralysed. Thank you for your comment.
thank you guys for this video…..
u should have quick released :S
Pull your quick release ! I did see many people hung in a tree because they
did not pay attention.
Thank you for your kind comment. The worst part is that I actually did know
how to eject the kite but I was not FAMILIAR enough with it for it to be a
natural reaction in that very quick moment when it all went wrong. That’s
the importance of practice until something becomes muscle memory. It’s all
well and good to know your procedures when you’re methodically thinking
about them; a completely different story in the heat of the moment. I hope
that I have been able to caution people through this.
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Sweet - love it :D Thanks for posting
which is the name of this song..!! f great video! congrats..!!
He Machspd87, Like your Channel and Videos and lets keep in tuch and
this song is driving me crazy, who's the singerband? please answer!!!
Amazing video. I'm emigrating to Bonaire this summer...kinda thinking of
can't find this specific song......:((
sick song, sick kiting, nice location!