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    Default Local Nitwit Kite Surfs During Hurricane, Predictable Result Ensues (Video Included)

    Wind-blown kite surfer is improving

    By JENNIFER LEBOVICH, HANNAH SAMPSON AND ADAM H. BEASLEY

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida -Kevin Kearney, the Fort Lauderdale kite-surfer tossed into a building by Tropical Storm Fay's winds, is improving and his condition will be updated from critical to serious, said Kathie Capstack, a hospital spokeswoman.

    Kearney has been stabilized and is conscious, his mother said Wednesday.

    Kearney was just another random daredevil at the beach Monday, tempting Fay on his kite board as the winds picked up and the rides got wild.

    Then the weather turned wicked, lifting the 28-year-old out of the water, slamming him into the sand and tossing him on a roadway and into a building.

    A stunned television news crew preparing to do a live report on Tropical Storm Fay captured the footage, and by Tuesday, Kearney's fame was growing as quickly as his luck had run out.

    Video footage of his misfortune was viewed throughout the world, plastered everywhere from YouTube to CNN to The Weather Channel.

    Kearney, a Fort Lauderdale resident, was taken to Broward General Medical Center. It was unclear what injuries he suffered.

    Family members were with him at the hospital and declined to speak to reporters, describing Kearney in a brief statement as ``an experienced kite-boarder and an all-around great guy.''

    The video of Kearney being tossed like a rag doll, shot through a rain-splotched lens, shows the kite flying in the air and lifting Kearney from the designated water sports area on Fort Lauderdale beach.

    The wind twists his body and carries him through the air, slamming him to the sand. Quickly, he is lifted up once again. As the camera pans, he flies out of view. He landed next to the Oasis Cafe, 600 Seabreeze Blvd.

    The shot picks up as people are rushing to help him.

    ''I've seen a person attacked with a machete,'' said Peter D'Oench, a reporter with Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4. ``I've never seen Mother Nature take a toll on someone like that. . . . I think people are fascinated by the sheer force of nature.''
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    While searching, I found this as well. No, it's not real. Yet it is sort of funny.

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    Okay, I don't understand. Are they attached to this via some sort of harness?

    I'm not understanding why he didn't just let go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Okay, I don't understand. Are they attached to this via some sort of harness?

    I'm not understanding why he didn't just let go.

    I'm sure they are pretty pricey and he was worried about losing an expensive toy. That's normally when people get hurt...bad.
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    what a dick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVHgirl in Va View Post
    what a dick.


    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Okay, I don't understand. Are they attached to this via some sort of harness?

    I'm not understanding why he didn't just let go.
    You're attached to the thing by a harness. Even if he had let go, he'd still be fucked... It's like when people tank while water skiing, they never seem to want to let go of the rope for some reason...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Ventura View Post




    You're attached to the thing by a harness. Even if he had let go, he'd still be fucked... It's like when people tank while water skiing, they never seem to want to let go of the rope for some reason...
    Gotcha!

    In hindsight, I have been one of those idiots water skiing that wouldn't let go until the last second, and crashed hard. I was 17 then though, my body could take the punishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Gotcha!

    In hindsight, I have been one of those idiots water skiing that wouldn't let go until the last second, and crashed hard. I was 17 then though, my body could take the punishment.
    Funny... I have too! ..Tanked HARD plenty of times!!! I have seen people actually getting dragged by the boat under water because they wouldn't let go!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Ventura View Post
    Funny... I have too! ..Tanked HARD plenty of times!!! I have seen people actually getting dragged by the boat under water because they wouldn't let go!!!
    we call that the Trident Missile effect... you fall, drag underwater, then shoot up & out of the water like a missile (funny stuff for those of us watching....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVHgirl in Va View Post
    we call that the Trident Missile effect... you fall, drag underwater, then shoot up & out of the water like a missile (funny stuff for those of us watching....)
    we used to call that the "thirty mile an hour enema"! when your skis shoot out from under you and you land ass first in the water.... then you do a face plant.. then you go under,,then after swallowing a gallon or so of lake water, you finally get the idea that the jerk running the boat isn't going to stop as long as you're giving them a show.

    funny how you panic and your brain stem says "hang on!" while your body is taking a beating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    we used to call that the "thirty mile an hour enema"! when your skis shoot out from under you and you land ass first in the water.... then you do a face plant.. then you go under,,then after swallowing a gallon or so of lake water, you finally get the idea that the jerk running the boat isn't going to stop as long as you're giving them a show.

    funny how you panic and your brain stem says "hang on!" while your body is taking a beating


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    I went down pretty hard one time with my arms straight up in the air. My Life Jacket flew right off of me. Good thing I didn't get knocked out or something!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    I went down pretty hard one time with my arms straight up in the air. My Life Jacket flew right off of me. Good thing I didn't get knocked out or something!

    my cousin once took a hard spill....when he came up he was still wearing his life jacket but the ski was lodged in the jacket...it went in one armhole, across his back and out the other.....he looked like a waterskiing scarecrow!

    had to take the jacket off to get the ski out.


    anyone still go down to the coast for "hurricane parties"? I love the video where Al Roker got blown off his feet...fukin hilarious

 

 

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