Novice kitesurfer dies at Suttons Beach

March 6, 2012 | Kiteboarding
Suttons Beach: not a place for novice kiteboarders

A 28-year-old kitesurfer has lost his life after hitting the concrete paving at Suttons Beach, in Redcliffe, Australia. The novice rider couldn't control his kite when it was picked up by a wind gust.

Julian Pope suffered severe injuries and passed away at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Local witnesses say the young kiteboarder was getting used to the kite gear on the beach and that his kite was caught up in one of the Norfolk Island pine trees in the area.

"The main thing we're trying to get across is that you need proper training. You need lessons and you need to fly them on water not land", says Rhys Porter, owner of the Kitepower School.

The New Zealand-born kiteboarder will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Redcliffe is kite spot for experienced riders. If you want to learn how to kiteboard, get lessons and never go out alone.

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