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FellowCountryMan
post Jun 7 2011, 05:58 PM
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Tommy I see your point and will no longer tell kiters if you feel it's safe to go out after everything you have been told then go for it.

This conversation has me thinking about a incident that happened last year. A beginner showed up at Metro late just as storms where approaching. Everybody was off the water and he rigged his kite as all the experienced kiters where breaking down. I approached him and asked if he knew that a storm cell was approaching and very close to which he confirmed he was aware of it but felt he had time and would be ok. I pointed out that every other kiter was not only off the water but putting their gear away but he still felt he was going to be ok. I then showed him the storm cell on live radar around Van Dyke and told him once again it was a bad idea due to frontal winds and lightning but he still insisted he would be ok. So off he went and about the time he got to the sand bar the wind line from the frontal winds could be seen rapidly approaching. I yelled to him to drop his kite away from shore and pull his safety but he insisted on taking the first gust and learning this one the hard way. Fortunately for him he was able to eject and seperate himself from the kite avoiding injury.

So my point to all this is that experience has not only taught me that it's a bad idea to kite when storms are approaching but no matter how hard you try you just can't convince some people that what they are about to do is a bad idea.
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post Jun 7 2011, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ Jun 7 2011, 06:58 PM) *
Tommy I see your point and will no longer tell kiters if you feel it's safe to go out after everything you have been told then go for it.

This conversation has me thinking about a incident that happened last year. A beginner showed up at Metro late just as storms where approaching. Everybody was off the water and he rigged his kite as all the experienced kiters where breaking down. I approached him and asked if he knew that a storm cell was approaching and very close to which he confirmed he was aware of it but felt he had time and would be ok. I pointed out that every other kiter was not only off the water but putting their gear away but he still felt he was going to be ok. I then showed him the storm cell on live radar around Van Dyke and told him once again it was a bad idea due to frontal winds and lightning but he still insisted he would be ok. So off he went and about the time he got to the sand bar the wind line from the frontal winds could be seen rapidly approaching. I yelled to him to drop his kite away from shore and pull his safety but he insisted on taking the first gust and learning this one the hard way. Fortunately for him he was able to eject and seperate himself from the kite avoiding injury.

So my point to all this is that experience has not only taught me that it's a bad idea to kite when storms are approaching but no matter how hard you try you just can't convince some people that what they are about to do is a bad idea.



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post Jun 7 2011, 10:52 PM
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post Jun 9 2011, 12:29 PM
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