Salt Lake Tribune – Kite tubing, other elevated sports banned at Lake Powell

Gary Mark just sent me this Link; according to the salt lake tribune elevated tubing. i.e. kite tubing has been banned on Lake Powell near Salt Lake city. This is a step in the right direction! get these things off the market! I do however think it’s disappointing that they lumped parasailing and kite surfing into the mix.

Salt Lake Tribune – Kite tubing, other elevated sports banned at Lake Powell

Life elevated is being restricted at Lake Powell.
The new recreation fad of kite tubing – and other activities that lift a person into the air behind a boat – are no longer permitted at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the National Park Service announced Thursday.
Kite tubing was first seen on Powell in April and thus far has resulted in serious injury to at least four people, who have had to be airlifted from the recreation area. In April, a 33-year-old man died after falling off a kite tube in Texas, according to a story on the Web site of KFDM-TV in Beaumont.
Kite tubes are large, round inflatable devices that, when towed behind a boat between 20 and 40 mph, gain lift, sometimes as high as 60 feet above the water, according to the Park Service. The tubes are difficult to

control and, when handled improperly, can fall violently into the water.
The fall can be particularly traumatic because of the height, forward speed and the unusual position at which victims may hit the water, park officials said.
The ban also includes parasailing and kite boarding, the Park Service announced.
– Michael N. Westley

  3 comments for “Salt Lake Tribune – Kite tubing, other elevated sports banned at Lake Powell

  1. cj
    28 June, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    Why on earth is Kiteboarding linked to an uncontrollable flying tube traveling at 50 mph behind a boat? Apperently the people making the calls have no idea what there talking about.

  2. ISIII
    22 September, 2006 at 12:27 am

    I am just gettin’ into the kiteboarding thing and was totally stoked that I had found another something more than wakeboarding to enjoy on that massive lake. It’s acually whare I had planned on taking some lessons; now I have read this I catch myself thinkin’, “kiss another of our liberties goodbuy care of the good ol’ U.S. government.” All because a couple morons failed to realize that falling 60′ into a body of water could kill them. As long as I’m bitchin’ about it, lets look at the ratio here. How many people are injured water-skiing and from all the other recreational activities that take place on the lake? They’d better ban them also to further protect us from ourselves…

  3. 3 May, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Kite surfing is really awesome. Well i hope someone who can teach me how to kite surf because i don’t know how to do basics things about kite surfing and i am scared of big waves. I feel i have been eaten by the sea..

    “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”

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