Which is why the professional surfers suggest that manufacturers come up with some sort of universal safety-release mechanism. At the moment, every brand has their own system for allowing riders to separate themselves from their kite in an emergency. "But it should be the same sort of handgrip for everyone, so that you can do this (release yourself) by reflex," Jensen argued. "After all, the brakes are always in the same place in a car."
Jensen himself has experienced the bloody dangers of kite surfing. You can actually find pictures of the hole he tore in his derriere online. He's laughing about it in the YouTube video but it looks nasty. It happened last autumn. Jensen was trying to do a "grind" -- a trick from skateboarding that involves sliding ones' board across a railing or some other solid obstacle -- over an old metal railing, part of an old swimming platform off the beach at Fehmarn. "What you do is jump your board onto a railing and let it slide along. But suddenly there was a screw there that I hadn't seen beforehand," Jensen explained. A visit to the doctor and 16 stitches later, his rear end was whole again.
This autumn, Jensen is going to need that rear end -- to sit on. He will be starting an engineering course at university. And obviously he'll be studying in Kiel, the capital of the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, which also happens to be the capital of German kite surfing. So, afternoons will be spent on the Baltic Sea beaches, then? Jensen shook his head. "I need to take my studies seriously. I've been going so hard with kite surfing up until now that it's no contest as to which comes first."
But no matter what he says, it seems he cannot stay away from wind and water. His dream job: to work for German company Enercon, where he's just applied to do an internship. And what do they do? Among other things, the company, a world leader in wind energy, build off-shore wind farms. Of course.