Darwin Award - Kite surfer during TS Fay

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  1. brad

    brad The Prez - Arithmomaniac

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    http://www.wkrg.com/hurricane/article/kite_surfer_in_critical_condition/17035/


    there's a Video at the link too.

    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) ― Emergency officials warned South Floridians to seek shelter during Tropical Storm Fay but a man in Fort Lauderdale seeking some thrills on the rough surf didn't heed that warning and ended up in the hospital after being hurt in an astonishing kite boarding accident that was caught on camera.

    A CBS4 news crew was on Fort Lauderdale beach at A1A and east Las Olas Boulevard on Monday when a huge gust of wind from Fay blew down the beach and took 26-year-old Kevin Kearney by surprise.
    (more at link)
     
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  3. CASuzk

    CASuzk New Member

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    They have been showing this video nonstop. I couldn't understand why he didn't let go but son is familiar with the kite-boarding rigs says there is a clip that would make that somewhat difficult.
    Hurts every time I watch it.
     
  4. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    I saw this, too... definitely looks like he came pretty darn close to garnering a Darwin nomination.
     
  5. pixies

    pixies Former Member

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    Idiot.
     
  6. GlitchWizard

    GlitchWizard Reprobate

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    Many, many accidents "seemed like a good idea at the time."

    How embarassing.
     
  7. CuriousAnne

    CuriousAnne Former Member

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    Good grief - how awful!!!
     
  8. gman20001969

    gman20001969 New Member

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    I can somewhat see surfing in high winds since the breakers are bigger than usual...but kite surfing???

    I saw this yesterday and everytime I saw it, I felt the pain.
     
  9. Cypros

    Cypros New Member

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    I am glad that he survived but it is unfortunate that he will probably pass those stupid genes on to a next generation
     
  10. OrdinaryLife

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    I saw this video this morning..several times. The guy who chose to do this was a total idiot. What the hell was he thinking???? What a dork.
     
  11. englishleigh

    englishleigh Authentic Southern Belle

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    He was an idiot and although I feel sorry for his pain, I admit that my first reaction was to laugh.
     
  12. MissieMt

    MissieMt New Member

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    Another fine testimonial to the death of common sense. R.I.P. my dear friend Common Sense.
     
  13. Malapoo

    Malapoo New Member

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    Here's Your Sign. :crazy:
     
  14. GlitchWizard

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    ha ha! Soon as I read that, I pictured him slamming into one.

    Poor fellow. He will never live this down.
     
  15. ljwf22

    ljwf22 Reality continues to ruin my life.

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    Does anyone know how this guy is doing?
     
  16. colomom

    colomom Inactive

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    Last I saw (http://www.wkrg.com/hurricane/article/kite_surfer_in_critical_condition/17035/) from 8/19 said he was in critical condition....nothing since (that I can find).

    While I agree that doing risky things can be "stupid", this guy was down there with at least a dozen other kite surfers. This was not an unusual thing to do in wild weather. It could be compared to jumping out of a plane. The parachute (kite) might not function as planned. Something unexpected can happen.

    The original article quotes the reporter: "WFOR photographer Yuseith Osorio believes the young man was blown away by a forming waterspout. "Basically, we were getting ready to go live and I saw something forming up in the sky. I told Pete, 'Hey, careful, something's forming."

    A sudden waterspout is like a sudden tornado. I don't think we would blame Dorothy for her trip to OZ.

    Imagine how his mom must feel, it brings tears to my eyes, I can't imagine her pain.

    People do crazy, impulsive, daring things everyday. It is a human thing. I have a sad heart for Kevin and I pray he will recover completely from what I see as a freak accident.

    Just my opinion....
     
  17. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    I THOUGHT and I could be wrong, that I heard on Fox and Friends that they were going to be talking with him. I had to leave for work so I didn't have time to wait and see.
     

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