Kitesurfer Thrown Into A Building By Tropical Storm Fay
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FanIQ PSA: Don't Go Kitesurfing During A Tropical Storm

8/20/08 in Kiteboarding   |   Jon   |   5 respect



Tropical Storm Fay is battering Florida as we speak, sending residents fleeing the storm's path. As always during these storms though, there will always be a few dumbasses who stay behind to go surfing and kite boarding, like this guy in Fort Lauderdale.

Yes, that's a person, and yes, that's him being flung into the side of a building as local news crews watch. The kiteboarder, 26-year-old Kevin Kearney, is in critical condition after the incident. A Darwin Award is pending.

Sure, these are fairly dangerous sports during any circumstances, but it takes a special level of intelligence to attempt to float in the air during a storm with 65 mph winds, which is near hurricane strength.


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9/5/09   |   jmeenishan1

wowwwwww

8/14/09   |   kalpanachinni

it ws very funny

6/8/09   |   Eli_1

you'll get a big adernaline rush. lol

6/3/09   |   jeraldyb

(Edited by jeraldyb)

As you can imagine, even though kitesurfing is a very fun sport and a lot of work has been done to make it as safe as possible, there are still some dangers associated with it. As a result, before you start kitesurfing, you should do what you can in order to make sure that you know what the dangers are before you start kitesurfing.

Also, you should always keep in mind that kitesurfing is considered to be an extreme sport for a reason. Therefore, if you're going to try it out, you should always be careful, and make sure that you get the proper training and have the right equipment. By staying careful, you should be ready for any dangerous situations that might come up.

First of all, since kitesurfing is a water sport, you should make sure that you're ready in case there are any water-related emergencies. You should always know ahead of time which animals in the area are dangerous to swimmers and surfers - for instance, kitesurfing in Australia should mean that you pay attention to jellyfish warnings.

You need to make sure that you pay attention to changing water conditions, as well. Depending on where you are kitesurfing, there will be different tides, which can be dangerous if you're not prepared.

While you can always check weather advisories, you should always pay attention to the weather while you are on the beach. Wind conditions have a tendency to change fairly regularly, so you always need to be aware of what is going on around you - this is far more important for kitesurfing than other water sports, since what happens to your kite can have a major effect on whether or not you'll be able to maneuver properly.

A good way to make sure that you are as safe as possible is to practice your kitesurfing techniques regularly. The more experienced you are, then the easier it will be for you to deal with any emergency situations that might pop up.

While kitesurfing does have some dangers associated with it, however, people who practice the sport carefully, and who pay attention to the conditions where they are kitesurfing should be safe.

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8/20/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Finally a use for the kiteboarding tag. What a dumbass.

8/20/08   |   kappafla211

This happened 20 minutes from me during the storm. I laughed when I saw it on the news and I laughed when I saw it again yesterday and again just now. The guy is still in critical condition.

8/20/08   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

power kites are very dangerous in the best of times, they are strapped into a harness with an emergency release in case the flyer loses control....this guy is an idiot.......

8/20/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

I don't think human beings are supposed to be airborn like that.