Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

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Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by Big Boy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:54 pm

I'm reading unsubstantiated reports in several places on social media that despite Hua Hin beach being closed, a regular kite surfer defied the instruction, and has died as a result. There was no supervision to assist him due to the closure.

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Post by StevePIraq » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:32 pm

It is reported in Bangkok Post, very sad.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... recent_box

PRACHUAP KHIRIKHAN: An 43-year-old Irish kitesurfer drowned in heavy surf off Hua Hin beach after his control line became entangled with a buoy on Wednesday. The accident occurred shortly after middayat the beach near Soi Hua Hin 77 in Hua Hin district. Rescuers who pulled him unconscious from the sea tried to resuscitate him for at least 10 minutes, to no avail.
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Post by Blacky » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:10 pm

RIP Jonathan...he was my best friend in Hua Hin who had everything going for himself. One of the best...absolutely heartbroken!
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Post by PeteC » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:57 pm

I'm sorry for your loss Blacky :( Pete
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Post by Blacky » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:09 pm

Thank you PeteC...
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Post by HHCanuck » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:08 am

RIP. My wife is freaked out about it as yesterday we were riding through Khao Kalok and she asked me if it was dangerous for the people kite surfing. I told her I know nothing about it and when we got home I read the news to her.

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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by Scout » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:54 am

I’ve been kiting here for years and was appalled a few weeks ago to see the city of Hua Hin had installed this buoy system the entire length of the beach. I kited only once since then, nearly got tangled in the line of buoys and have not been out since then. I know a couple other liters that have become tangled with the buoy system. There have been numerous conversations among the people kiting that it is only a matter of time until someone dies because of this ill-conceived buoy system idea. Sadly that is now true. How many other people will die before the city removes this deadly hazard ?

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Post by Nereus » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:57 am

Very sorry to hear about this. Condolences to his friends and family. R.I.P.

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Post by Big Boy » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:40 am

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Please keep this thread respectful about the incident. I've moved the post discussing safety here viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35724
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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by Scout » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:15 am

Irish kitesurfer a victim of Hua Hin’s perverse tourism drive
Bad weather did not kill the Irish kitesurfer in Hua Hin – as the police have implied – but the buoys installed by the municipal authorities a month earlier.

The buoys were supposedly installed to protect swimmers. How? A week before, under normal weather, a German kitesurfer almost drowned after being entangled in the buoys. It seems that in an endeavour to promote tourism the local authorities are systematically using the wrong initiatives. While Hua Hin is a popular kitesurfing destination it also seems that authorities are trying their best to discourage the proliferation of this sport.

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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by aragon » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:07 pm

Whatever the cause of this unfortunate chaps sad demise, be it the weather (and if the beach was closed then he really shouldn't have been out there) or the buoys; as others have intimated, there really needs to be a separation between areas for swimmers and those for kite surfers.

"The buoys were supposedly installed to protect swimmers. How? A week before, under normal weather, a German kitesurfer almost drowned after being entangled in the buoys."

I think that comment encapsulates the problem in a nutshell; the buoys are for swimmers protection, not kite surfers, who should stay well away from the area enclosed by them, then they wouldn't have any chance of becoming entangled.

It's unfortunate, but some people's misguided sense of entitlement can and does create problems for themselves and others. Hua Hin has 7kms of beach, surely that should be more than enough for everyone to enjoy whatever it is that rocks their boat, so long as they are responsible and responsive to those around them.
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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by europtimiste » Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:02 pm

Jesse wrote:
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Irish kitesurfer a victim of Hua Hin’s perverse tourism drive
Bad weather did not kill the Irish kitesurfer in Hua Hin – as the police have implied – but the buoys installed by the municipal authorities a month earlier.

Do not blame buoys, they are for protection of swimmers. Kite surfers have to enjoy their sport off this area. If they are too close, and they have an accident it's their own stupidity. Same as people drowning when beach is closed for swimmers.

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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by Stargeezer » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:03 pm

As a non Kite Surfer who enjoys walking the Hua Hin Beach area I would suggest that
the surfers move further south. The swimmers have no chance to avoid the surfers if they speed into
the swimming areas, and all parties realise this. Good luck to all that use and enjoy this area, and RIP
to the surfer who lost his life due to the buoys. Happy high tourist season and I hope the rest of the
Winter weather will be great after this latest rain period.
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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:49 pm

People, Big Boy moved the discussion about safety too another thread, see just five posts above. Please post there. This thread should just be for condolences or specific comments about this incident, not where people should kite surf or the effectiveness of buoys. Cheers.

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Re: Kite Surfer Dies Off Hua Hin Beach

Post by PET » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:27 pm

Stargeezer wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:03 pm
As a non Kite Surfer who enjoys walking the Hua Hin Beach area I would suggest that
the surfers move further south. The swimmers have no chance to avoid the surfers if they speed into
the swimming areas, and all parties realise this. Good luck to all that use and enjoy this area, and RIP
to the surfer who lost his life due to the buoys. Happy high tourist season and I hope the rest of the
Winter weather will be great after this latest rain period.
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