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Kite Boarder Falls 40ft to Death from Sudden Gust on Hatteras Island

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On Wednesday, April 15th, a Canadian water sports enthusiast was killed on Hatteras Island, North Carolina (NC). According to authorities, a sudden, fierce wind is blamed for the death of the Canadian kiteboarder. Evidently, the man was flying about 40 feet above Pamlico Sound before falling into the water.

The death of 49-year-old Timothy Holman of Sarnia, Ontario was confirmed by Twiford’s Funeral Home in Manteo, North Carolina (NC). Holman was riding off the coast of Hatteras Island says Dare County sheriff’s officials. Authorities also mentioned he was face down in the water when rescuers arrived Saturday evening. A local watersports shop owner said the wind had spiked from about 15 mph to 35 mph.

Kite boarders stand on a board similar to a surfboard while holding a large kite and use the wind to pull themselves across the water. Due to the power that the kites can generate, riders can hit high speeds and propel themselves several feet in the air. As this is a land-based sport, there have been several concerns about the possibility of injury to the rider or to others. As a result several safety equipment items are used by many riders in this sport. Helmets are essential, especially for the more advanced moves, where a rider may find himself rotating and flipping. Padding, including shoulder and knee pads, can be worn to protect from hard falls.

In addition to this, many kite manufacturers have incorporated safety designs in their kites in order to slow down the kite in order to stop it dragging the rider after a fall and protecting any other people in the vicinity. These tend to include safety leashes connected to the rider which, when the rider lets go of the kite’s control system, will completely depower the kite and bring it gently back to the ground.

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