FKA Kiteboarding Forums  

Go Back   FKA Kiteboarding Forums > St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Forum > Let's Ride!
Connect with Facebook
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-02-2007, 08:47 PM
Posts: n/a

Originally Posted by bigairal View Post
I am sorry, Tom I forgot Scott was miked at the time. Honestly, i burst out laughing too. I was just being funny.
I know Al, I laughed... no big deal. I can learn from my mistakes
Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2007, 09:01 PM
bigairal bigairal is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 90
Default me too

hopefully i can learn from my mistakes too.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2007, 03:57 PM
Posts: n/a

Originally Posted by Skyway Scott View Post
I just found the article by back tracking the reporters name on google.
The article had several misquotes from me, and imo, distorts statistics to make kiting look dangerous.
I wouldn't care so much if I didn't think it could sway public perception, but obviously it can.
He also got all of the statistics wrong.

The statistics were obtained (and then twisted) from

If you look at the stats, accidents were DOWN FROM 2002.

2000 - 9 accidents - 1 fatal
2001 - 16 accidents - 3 fatal
2002 - 59 accidents - 9 fatal
2003 - 21 accidents - 1 fatal

14, he claims is the number of fatalities for 2003 is actually the TOTAL from 2000-2003.

So as popularity increased, equipment became better and riders became better trained and accidents went down by more than 50%. Fatal accidents went down by more than 90%!

This is also where he obtained the misspelling of Rick's name... so we know this is where these statistics came from.

It's interesting that the author would completely ignore the facts from the very source they were obtained unless of course he wanted kiteboarding to seem more dangerous than it actually is.

The facts suggest that kiteboarding is safer now than it has ever been.

2007 equipment is significantly better than 2003 equipment in regards to safety. 2003 equipment was so poor that none of us would even consider using it today.

1 fatality per year? I bet the easy bake oven has killed more people.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2007, 04:22 PM
Unimog Bob Unimog Bob is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Parrish
Posts: 771

From what I read in one of Rick's posts those are the Stats for world wide not just in the US! I think more people are seriously injured chewing gum in this state.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2007, 09:50 PM
bryanleighty's Avatar
bryanleighty bryanleighty is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 1,359

any updates on how Chris is doing?
Your mother flies a C-kite.

Area Launches:
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2007, 08:29 AM
bayflite bayflite is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: st pete
Posts: 401

shattered pelvis.
he landed on a guard rail.
i talked2 one of the guys he rides with and apparently they are NOT spooked out and dude(not christopher) sounds like he wants2 keep riding there.
not good.
not gonna name drop here but...
i feel4 the riders in N pine county on these easterlies.
driving over an hour both wayz must be a bitch.
move2 the burg yawl.
its werth it.
don't taze me bro
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2007, 09:37 AM
Posts: n/a

I know of a few instructors who ride there too believe it or not...
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2007, 10:09 AM
inferno's Avatar
inferno inferno is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: depends on where I land
Posts: 1,675

i dont think its as bad as you guys are making it out to be, i ridden there... and if you take the proper precautions its perfectly fine.... when you launch your kite, keep it low, on windy days you should never stand on shore with your kite at 12... your just asking for it........
thats probably the best spot (without a boat) to ride on a N wind, its about 2-3 miles wide and all 3-7ft deep....

any spot can be dangerous if you are not careful....
handle passes are easy...
at least i think they were.. been so long i cant remember
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 11:14 AM
Danimal8199's Avatar
Danimal8199 Danimal8199 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Clearwater
Posts: 634

I think for some people alot of places to ride, even with hazzards might be fine, but the name of the game is to limit your risk exposure. Riding near powerlines doesn't do that, I don't care who you are, you never know when a line can snap looping you all the way to shore!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 11:38 AM
Woodson Woodson is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Wichita, KS
Posts: 144

Louie says:

Play it safe around electricity!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

Do not advertise outside of [COM] Forums.
Do not show disrespect for others in your postings.
Users can be denied access to this Site without warning.
FKA, Inc., it’s officers and moderators are not responsible
for the content of the postings and any links or pictures posted.

Report Problems by PM to “administrator” or via email to

Copyright FKA, Inc. 2004, All Rights Reserved.