CTV Toronto – Ontario man dies from new kite tubing activity

CTV Toronto – Ontario man dies from new kite tubing activity

Yet another senseless death of a kite tube rider, this time in Ontario, Canada. While action to investigate and ban the kite tubes is underway a solution can not arrive soon enough. How many more people have to be seriously injured or killed because of this thing!?

A flat kite (whether it’s slightly concave on the bottom is irrelevant) will not be stable with out a large amount of drag on the back of the kite. Couple that with the riders weight and movements constantly changing the angle of attack; How can it be stable? then combine all of that with the boat possibly heading across the wind, and wind gusts and you have an uncontrollable situation!

Don’t do it, it’s not worth it!

EDIT: July 13,2006
Here is a follow on story that is referenced in the comments. The driver of the boat was drunk…

http://www.570news.com/news/local/article.jsp?content=20060705_130848_4612

–Bill

  5 comments for “CTV Toronto – Ontario man dies from new kite tubing activity

  1. John
    12 July, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    Hey (expletive removed) Bill don’t forget to mention on this one that the Boat driver was DRUNK was arrested without bond!!!! It’s funny how you left that part out. Yet another senseless drunk causing problems.

  2. 12 July, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    I don’t see anything in the story above that indicates that he was drinking… This is the only article I saw on the subject, I certainly would have included it if I had the info… Agreed drinking and boating is a huge problem, especially when there are others involved like this…

  3. John
    13 July, 2006 at 12:04 am

    It’s not in this article but it is in another article that states the driver was operating the boat wither over 80-milligrams, driving while disqualified.

  4. 13 July, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    I have updated the article to include a link to the news item that contains the info about the driver and his state while driving the boat.

  5. andy
    29 October, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    “it’s not worth it” to go kite tubing is absolutely right. Weigh out your risks and rewards. Tubing alone is very dangerous; couple that with falling from thirty feet in the air going fifty mph and one can imagine the force of impact.

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