Video of Edmonton man seriously injured on Kite Tube

This video should give you a good idea about the unpredictability of the kite tube. This story ran last week on Ottawa’s A Channel news. Dallas Koperski , a 21 year-old from Alberta, is shown skimming along the surface of the lake having a great time. The next second he is 18+ feet in the air and then slammed into the water resulting in serious head and neck injuries.

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  7 comments for “Video of Edmonton man seriously injured on Kite Tube

  1. Chris
    13 July, 2006 at 11:25 am

    I am sorry but that guy was going 56 mph, I wouldn’t ski or tube anybody at that speed no matter what was being pulled behind the boat.

    He then hurts himself .. and the product should be banned?? We don’t ban cars when somebody careless drives 80mph in a 30mph zone and kills themselves? Why should this be any different? recommond speed for an adult is 20mph not to exceed 30mph … had a ton of fun on mine without any problems.

  2. Rob
    13 July, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    I hate to see anyone injured, however this is obvious misuse of the product. The boat speed is far to high. My family and friends have really enjoyed kite tubing this summer. The key is keeping boat speed at maximum 25 mph. Also only a qualified driver , utilizing a rear view mirror and a dedicated spotter to watch and warm the driver if the rider needs less speed. Its unfortunate the product is now banned. Every time we have taken the tube on the lake people ask where they can get one.

  3. CK
    15 July, 2006 at 8:41 am

    It may or may not have had something to do with the speed of the boat. My brother-in-law was on a kite tube behind a boat driving at the recommended speed, with an experienced driver. However, the wind caught the tube and lifted him 30 feet or more into the air. The tube began to flutter in the air and he was thrown. He now has a broken femur, a bruised lung, and the possibility of a blood clot moving into his chest. He spent nearly a week in the hospital, including several days in ICU because of the inability to maintain a sufficient oxygen level. This product should definitely be removed from the market and should be under scrutiny. It should have been tested under every possible condition before it was put on the shelves. With the number of serious injuries (in which many have common symptoms)and deaths, the consumer cannot be to blame in every incident.

  4. Sonja Witt
    17 July, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    My 14 yr old son broke his neck 7/1. We weren’t going too fast; however, a gust of wind took him up, then the kite spun hard to the right and slung him off at about 35 feet. Had he not been wearing a neoprene vest, his injuries would have certainly been even worse. This product is deadly. We’ve been lake and water toy enthusiasts for 20+ years…even had a parasail. Never had any accidents. We bought the kite tube in May and rode it Memorial Weekend. First ride out July 4th weekend, my son was injured. Anyone who continues riding this product is simply playing Russian Roulette with their life.

  5. Dallas
    24 July, 2006 at 12:36 am

    Well, in response to Chris who assumes that the “guy in the video” is going 56 mph, I know for a fact that he wasn’t, because I am that “guy”. Admittedly, we were going around 35 mph, but nowhere near the speed that is suggested. When you get on a kite tube, it’s not a matter of if you will get hurt, it’s when. The people that get seriously injured and report it aren’t trying to ruin people’s fun, they’re trying to save their lives. I am shocked by the number of people (idiots) that continue to think that they somehow know better than everyone else and can use this product safely. I have instructed waterskiing and wakeboarding and have been slalom skiing/wakeboarding/barefooting for 17 years without any serious injuries. I spent three hours on the kite tube and ended up in the hospital. Coincidence? I’m thinking no.

  6. 7 September, 2006 at 10:13 am

    We represent people injured by the Wego kite tube. We are attempting to develop a comprehensive list of all people injured or killed by this device. This will help us establish fault against the manufacturer and overcome arguments that injuries occurred because of the fault of the boat operator or the device user. Any information will be held in strictest confidence. Please contact me by email ( or call our toll-free # at 1-888-377-8900. Thank you.

  7. Maya
    21 September, 2006 at 11:44 am

    has anyone sued the company yet?

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