Natural Selection #2 KITE SURFER

Kite Surfer

(Late 2007, Spain) Storm winds swept across southern Spain, causing widespread flooding and damage to buildings along the Costa Blanca. “Cool,” thought one intrepid kite surfer as he packed his gear and hit the beach.

Charlie Brown has endless trouble with a kite-eating tree. Move over, Charlie Brown. Today’s large kites are not triangles held aloft by a string. Modern kites are controlled by multiple lines, and their large surface areas create so much pull that it can be difficult to keep your feet on the ground even during normal wind conditions. These were not normal conditions. The government had declared a state of emergency.

“Cool,” thought the surfer as he unfurled his kite, climbed onto his board, and embarked on the ride of a lifetime. The high winds picked him up and carried him almost a kilometer inland, smashing past buildings along the way. One more nominee meets Natural Selection.

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 15, 2008.

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