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Kitesurfing — playing with water or with fire?

Steven JG Leeuwerke, Manimaran Sinnathamby and René Zellweger
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (8): 301. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01130
Published online: 2 May 2016

Kitesurfing is a relatively new water sport that converts wind energy into vertical and horizontal force using a large controllable kite. In optimal conditions, speeds of up to 65 km/h and heights of 20 m are reached.1,2 Impact at these speeds or from this height can lead to severe injuries or death,1 and such accidents have reinforced the image of kitesurfing as a highly dangerous and even reckless sport. Nonetheless, kitesurfing is rapidly gaining popularity and is among the fastest growing water sports worldwide.1

  • Steven JG Leeuwerke
  • Manimaran Sinnathamby
  • René Zellweger

  • Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA

Correspondence: sjgleeuwerke@gmail.com

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