Like To Kite wrote:Wes is OK, big sigh of relief! I know we were all very concerned for his safety.
Hope we can use this event proactively to prevent it again in the future and know how to react if it does.
Yes, if nothing else this should serve as a wake-up call. Some of these issues should be covered in a good lesson lecture, and a few places I have been have emergency plans posted at the beach. Some people may think this was an overreaction to go on a man-hunt, but considering the possibilities/being aware of a waterman/waterwoman* lost at sea is hard to swallow.
The protocols and "rules" of safe kiting must apply to every spot we ride, not just Montrose. I've already read about several kites blown offshore this year and that is a serious "red flag". Sometimes you can get caught by a surprising wind shift, but we need to understand the weather as much as possible - and plan for the worst case scenario.
Skysurfer Mike, any suggestions on generating a set of protocols? Not to impose more work on you, but being an airline pilot you probably have tons of experience with that sort of thing.
* geez, is Amanda our only Chicago area kitesurfing lass these days, or at least the only one writing on the forum?