2016 Red bull King of the Air Massive wipeout ( Lewis Crathern )
North Kiteboardings Lewis Crathern was transported to the Cape Town Hospital after Sundays Massive mega loop stall.
Crathern, who is known for his spectacular yet dangerous kite jumps over the Worthing and Brighton Piers, has been severely hurt when his kite stalled while going for a massive kite loop in the event’s semifinal.
The 31-year-old kiteboarder free fell almost 20 meters (65 feet) and crashed into the water. Apparently, Lewis Crathern didn’t suffer any brain damage, broken bones or internal injuries, but he had problems breathing.
“I couldn’t help but think of one of my best mates missing out on the final and ending up in the hospital,” expressed Aaron Hadlow, winner of the Red Bull King of the Air 2016.
“At one point I was ready to walk away from my heat, but knowing Lew would be happy to see me on top when he comes around I managed to come out the blocks flying in the final, bringing his style and energy he had throughout the day with me.”
We’ve watched Lewis push the limits on a kite for years and he’s one of the sports top riders fully capable of putting on a show. Prior to the crash we watched some stunning loops and boost’s we can only dream about hitting. He was clearly on the way to the next round and his heat was going as planned. One thing I noticed on day one was the 2016 North Vegas riders were sky high but the kite seemed to slow down post loop and was barley catching the riders before they glided back into a landing. Day 2 of KOTA and the suddle kite stall was way more evident. However, I didn’t see the same on Aarons heats. It may beg the question of bar setup, line lengths, kite sizes and other variables such a small changes on Aarons kite vs the other riders.
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