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Safety at the PUC

Yesterday was a pretty hairy day down at the PUC dock with high gusty WSW winds (max 40 knots) and some very cold water. We had a close call when a launch went wrong. The rider was lofted, hit the ground, and was then dragged into the water. Thankfully, they are OK. Sadly, this is not the case in Quebec, where a kite boarder died yesterday riding near Montreal. This is from

“Seems a kiter passed away riding in Oka on Sunday.
Details are limited but looks like the rider showed up alone to kite was launched and riding in his own area. People then noticed the kite doing death loops with rider still attached. People on shore managed to get a boater to help rescue the troubled kiter while an ambulance was called. They worked on him for more than 10 min before he was pronounced dead. His lungs were full of water it is not known yet if he had health
problems. That's all I know right now”

I’ll update this when more information becomes available as to the exact cause of the accident.

As a relatively new kiter, these events have forced me to reflect on some key safety principals that I think are crucial for other new riders.

1. If a launch starts to go wrong (especially in high gusty winds), pull your safety.

2. Pulling your safety should be an instinctual reflex. If you haven’t done so already, practice the movement until it’s committed to muscle memory.

3. Launching kites at the PUC should always be done near the corner of the pier where there is no wind shadow.
4. Have you planned how you’re going to exit the water? If things go wrong do you have a plan B, plan C? When was the last time you practiced an emergency self-rescue? What’s your plan if things go wrong far from shore? Can you realistically swim back from the furthest point you’re riding to?

5. Cold water is dangerous and sucks your energy quickly. When your feet and hands go numb, they become useless.

6. If you have to ask yourself “Should I really be going out today?” then it’s likely you shouldn’t.

Here is a link for another safety thread from the KBK forum. A great deal can be learned here when you’re bored on the next no wind day!

Our sport is amazing, which is why so many people want to take it up. This is great for the development and growth of kiting, but I think that safety should always be on the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Any questions/comments/additions from other riders are strongly encouraged.

Here’s to a great and safe season!

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Re: Safety at the PUC

I hope he's OK, If your reading this buddy, I wish you a speedy recovery. It was super gusty yesterday and the lake is COLD. A launch that goes bad should be everyones biggest fear!

I'm glad you got checked out as at the very least your gonna be in a bit of shock after an incident like that.

Big thanks to Craig for swimming him in and Mody for getting him to the ER right away.

Again, hope your ok and heal up fast.

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