When you are kitesurfing you might be wondering what could go wrong. If you haven’t taken enough lessons you’ll lose control and probably injure yourself or someone else. But there are many other reasons why things can go wrong. Once you know what can go wrong you can make sure your kite is ready before you send it out. And if you know what to look for you won’t need to use safety measures like helmets and pads.
What are the dangers of kitesurfing?
In areas with outside winds kiteboarding poses a risk of injury especially if you’re unable to relaunch. Moreover if you’re kiteboarding in an area with strong currents it is dangerous to tangle with other kiters or catch them in a death loop. Always practice on the beach before you venture into the water. Be sure to release your kites at the same time to avoid additional line breaks.
As with any other sport kitesurfing poses a risk to the participant. The wind can reach speeds of over 50 knots (about 100 km/h) and even the slightest misstep can cause injury. Accidents can have serious consequences and most injuries are to the lower and upper extremities. Injury rates are relatively low however and most injuries result from harness-related problems.
What happens if you fall while kite surfing?
What happens if you fall while kiteboarding? Most accidents happen on land but sometimes they also happen in the water. If you fall on the shore make sure that you have your quick release mechanism on hand. Don’t stand in the water for long especially if you’re riding on flatwater or you could unknowingly hit a reef. If this happens your kite won’t be able to loft and you will be dragged back out.
If you fall while kitesurfing the first thing you should do is kick your board off. Try to get both feet off at once. Leaving one foot in the straps can cause an ankle or knee injury. Secondly try to look up. The higher you’re flying the less likely you are to crash. In case you do fall on the water you’ll have a lower impact on the ground.
Is kitesurf an extreme sport?
Is kitesurfing an extreme sport? The answer depends on the sport you’re looking to join. Unlike windsurfing which is relatively safe kitesurfing involves jumping into the air and gliding over the water. This extreme sport is incredibly fun and combines the best parts of many different sports. The power of the wind is harnessed with the maneuverability of the board allowing for amazing speed and high jumps. Many well-known athletes and celebrities have been seen kitesurfing and gaining popularity around the world.
Kitesurfing has two main styles: freestyle and freeride. Freestyle is the most common style for newcomers and involves performing air tricks that require a high level of skill and push. In wave-riding a kiteboarder performs full-on tricks while’surfing’ a wake. Wave-riding combines kiteboarding with traditional’surfing’.
The most common kitesurfing accidents
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) the most common kitesurfing accidents result from loss of control of the kite gear failure and contact with another person. Injuries involving a toaster kill 700 people each year. Kitesurfing has become increasingly popular in public places such as beaches and public places that offer wind. Injury statistics from the Florida Kite Surfing Association show that there are 21 deaths related to kitesurfing each year.
A survey conducted by the University of Utah in 2004 found that more than 8% of the participants were injured while kitesurfing. In addition the researchers asked questions about the participants’ age sex years of experience type of equipment used number of lessons and competitive level. Additionally they asked participants to report any injuries that they experienced while kitesurfing. The results revealed that the most common kitesurfing injuries involved the lower and upper extremities and 20% involved accidents that occurred on the beach.