Dangers and Saftey
The kites used can be dangerous. Strong forces, generated by sudden wind gusts, can carry people up out of the water, can throw them against buildings, or fly them into power lines. These are called kitemares. Most kiteboarding injuries result from being lifted or dragged out of control resulting in a collision with hard objects. You can be seriously injured by hitting the water surface either by being dropped from a height or being dragged across it at high speeds.
Another danger is kiteboarding too far off shore and getting tired. One could easily get tired then not be able to get back in to shore. Other general hazards are sharks, jellyfish, sea otters, dolphins, and even crocodiles, depending on the location your kiteboarding.
Collisions are another danger. If you're kiteboarding in a busy area, you have the risk of hitting another kiteboarder. You always have to be aware of your surroundings and try to kiteboard in less busy locations.
Some things that are making the sport more safe are changes to the kites. Most kites from 2005 on have quick release mechanisms and are able to be fully de-powered in case of emergency.
When kiteboarding safely with the proper training and gear, its a very enjoyable sport. You have to make sure that you stay within your ability and don't try anything that is out of your skill level.
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