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Two kite surfers from West Sussex took advantage of strong winds on the south coast to realise an ambition to jump over Worthing pier.

Jake Scrace, 25, and Lewis Crathern, 24, had been planning Monday morning's jump for three years but had to wait for perfect weather conditions.

Carpenter Mr Scrace, who makes kite boards, and professional kite surfer Mr Crathern are both from Worthing.

Between them they have 16 years' experience in the sport.

They took off from Goring to the west side of Worthing in gusts of wind that were more than 40mph, and had two helpers on the beach.

 
 

Link to BBC story, with video.

 

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-11-16

They should figure out what in someone's DNA causes this kind of thrill-seeking.  It seems like whenever hurricane season rolls around, there is always that one that will go hit the surf for the gnarly waves.  You don't see them going after tsunami waves though...

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2009-11-17

Only because there's not usually enough notice.

They are installing ever-better sensor networks, though...

(I have seen stories of people being taken far out to sea by helicopter, to ride off-shore waves that are tens of metres tall and run for hundreds of miles.)

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2009-11-17

Oh, I've just remembered a scene from Lucifer's Hammer - after the comet hits, and the tidal waves are about to wipe out coastal America, tiny specs are seen high up the face of the wave.

Several chapters later, two men turn up at an enclave hundreds of miles from the sea.  They're carrying surfboards.

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Wasagi (author)Kiteman2009-12-07

 Oh man. That would be one of the coolest ways to go out. 

I been meaning to read Lucifer's Hammer for a while, and you gave me another incentive!

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I wonder if it's not a case of having an addictive personality. We've all been in situations where we experienced that adrenaline rush, but most don't go out of their way to seek it.

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If they DO seek it, they normally use (mostly) safe actions, like the Amusement park, etc.

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No, cuz if you know it's safe, you don't get the same thrill.

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True, but I meant the majority of "thrill seakers" tend to go for the "what feels dangerous even though they know it isn't" type thrill.   We have a roller coaster in Hershey that, although it isn't the fastest, nor has any loops or anything like that,  the Comet, is an old style roller coaster with a "rickety feel" to it.  It rattles, it shakes, it feels like it will leave the tracks.....it is worse then the Super Dooper Looper, which has a nice smooth ride to it.  :-) 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-11-19

Well it's amazing how many things might frighten people, even if they're completely knowledged about how save it is. Like jumping from a 5m, or even 3m ledge into a nice deep pool. I might do it 10 or 12 times before a friend would even consider it.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-11-19
I might do it 10 or 12 times before a friend would even consider it.

Even as he is watching you do it, he may be thinking "he's crazy,  he's crazy...."  yes, we tend to jump towards justifying our fear, that's for sure.
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-11-22

I'm afraid of small sea creatures jumping out at me. Seems they're jumping away from justifying my fear.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-11-23
Small sea creatures?   Like lobsters?   or maybe shrimp?  Or do you mean like sea monkey (brine shrimp)? 
 

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-11-24

Oh, I should have specified. Like crustaceans and stuff, when I was little some one threw a thing in a shell at me and it stuck to my pants and I couldn't get it off.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-11-24
Hmm,  I can't imagine what that was...
 

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2009-11-17
Not yet,  but someone will undoubtedly build a surfboard to make the attempt....
 

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2009-11-17
Why run when you can ride the wave in?   :-) 
 

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=SMART= (author)2009-11-18

Haha yea i saw this ! crazy stuff !

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undescriptive (author)2009-11-17

that's some scary speed and air....

makes my last "stack into the floor at semi-high speed" outing look feeble!
;-)

New pants please!

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kelseymh (author)KentsOkay2009-11-16

That's what Mr. Crathern said.

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lemonie (author)2009-11-16

Hazardous, but impressive - thanks

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Jayefuu (author)2009-11-16

Awesome. I'm from near there.

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Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2009-11-16

And that BBC link appears to be broked.

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Jayefuu (author)Kiteman2009-11-16