It is reductive to say that kiting is a dangerous sport and I believe that the issue deserves a deeper reflection!

As an outdoor sport, it is normal that it involves risks. It is therefore necessary to act and practice in a conscious way to limit them and keep them under control as much as possible.

However, I believe that in order to evaluate the objective riskiness of a sport or activity and compare them with each other, it is necessary to act in a pertinent and thoughtful way.

What do I mean by “pertinent” and “thoughtful”?
It is important to analyse the risk factors, and not to jump to hasty and easy conclusions, most often resulting from hearsay.
I believe that it is appropriate and beneficial to think with one’s own head, and I will be happy to receive conflicting but reasoned theses.

Here’s the list of elements I found interesting to analyze:

What is a danger?

The possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant happening.
Sticking to the meaning of the term, as it is indicated in the dictionary, all our physical activity (whether cooking, walking or extreme sports) is more or less predictable, and due to the presence of even the slightest factor of unpredictability is in itself risky.

Therefore, since every activity is intrinsically risky, what procedure do we use to label some of them as dangerous and others as not?
The answer lies in the continuous search for simplicity, in an unreasonable conclusion. In practice, when we witness a dangerous event or accident, instead of contextualising it, we express an overall judgement of such activity or sport as a whole. It doesn’t matter whether it is virtual (YouTube) or real.
It’s no coincidence that those who judge, for instance, kiteboarding as a high-risk sport, usually tend to give the same examples, which are not based on the context.

But it is not and must not be so easy to draw conclusions.

Comparing the risk in a relevant way

The word “relevant” indicates the immediate relationship of reciprocity in terms of logical or functional attributions.
So I feel compelled to argue that it is not possible to compare a person walking close to home with a person trekking in the mountains, or a person swimming in the pool with a person crossing the English Channel, or even a person riding a kite with 15 constant knots with an athlete performing tricks more than 20 meters high… I think you know where I’m pointing.

Every activity or action that we undertake involves variables that must be analyzed in order to define it as dangerous or not, or better define its degree of dangerousness.