Missing Kite surfer in NJ found

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Peajay4060, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011

    Looks like a guy got into trouble. Someone called it in but the surfer ditched his kite and just paddled in. Rescue units were looking for him days. He found out and called in to say he was OK.

    Something like this happened to me once. Went surfing in the winter. I was the only one out. Nothing happened besides a surf. I got cold and went in. After getting dressed I went back up to the boardwalk to chill with some coffee. Found the beach loaded with 1st responders. Found out from some looky loos an old lady was watching a surfer from her apt and didn't see me go in. Figured I drowned and called it in. Had to go tell the team I was the guy they were looking for. They weren't mad but they weren't happy either.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2019
  2. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Yea... one of the main reasons I don't kite surf. Losing or damaging a sail is freakin' expensive! Wonder why he didn't just roll it up and paddle in with it...?

  3. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    A similar thing happened in Delaware a few weeks ago. Guy was kiting in the bay behind Dewey Beach right before sunset. Somehow he ended up stuck out in deep water with his gear compromised and couldn't get back to where he started. He ended up drifting across the bay in 55 degree water temps until the early hours of the morning and crawled up into the marsh on the other side of the bay at like 3 a.m.
  4. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    Wondering if this was anyone I know.
  5. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Sorry Mitchell, I have to correct ya... The dude was windsurfing and his sail came disconnected. He couldn't reconnect it so he just floated on his board. He also had a life jacket on. I do like how he says he was lucky he didn't get swept out of the inlet into the ocean... give me a break, he was no where near the inlet!
  6. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
  7. CYCOlogist

    CYCOlogist Active Member

    Dec 7, 2019
    This has been a reason I've been reluctant to take the sport up. It DOES look fun though.
  8. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Agreed. Looks fun but it's a lot of gear. Always see then on warm days on on shore slop and think maybe I'll try it out. But setting it all up seems like a drag. I pull up to the same conditions with a little fish and get what I'm looking for before they even get wet. And when I'm done just tuck the board under my arm and go home. Couldn't imagine setting that stuff up in February.
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