Unfortunately the IKSA got some very upsetting news over the weekend that a kitesurfer in Donegal was seriously injured during a session last week and remains in intensive care. We have no further details at this stage, but this sad event has triggered us to send out a reminder to our lovely ever-expanding kiting community.
Now that late Autumn/Winter is fast approaching - can we ask that please, please, please everybody ensures that the gear they are using is checked, safe and in good condition. If unsure, get someone to check it for you. We would suggest never buying gear from somewhere or someone that isn’t known or recommended from someone you know. Better safe than sorry in these circumstances.
Also, when the wind picks up, please ensure that the kite you are using is the appropriate size for the conditions you are going out in and that the beach and spot on the beach you have chosen is suitable for kiting. There have been reports that there have been some pretty hairy situations on some our beaches around the country lately that could be easily avoided. We need want to make sure that everybody is safe - both kiters and other beach users.
We really encourage you guys to use the respective "Heading Out" groups to ensure that when you head out on a session you have company (never kite alone), that the conditions are suitable for your gear and your individual ability. There are so many people that are more than happy to pass on their knowledge and experience to those that are newer to the sport. And remember, if in doubt – don’t go out.
The kiting community consists of some of the most amazing people it has ever been my privilege to meet. Please make sure that every one of you stays safe.
Thanks for reading,
Debbie (IKSA North Dublin Beach Rep)