Soldier Killed in Freak Kitesurfing Accident

A young Hod Hasharon man died Tuesday while kitesurfing at Kibbutz Sdot Yam, near Caesarea, when a gust of wind swept him from shore to the roof of a home on the kibbutz, 200 meters away.

The victim was identified as Adir Shayo, 20, of Hod Hasharon, a sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces. He is survived by two younger brothers and his parents, both of whom work in security-related professions.

Shayo was with three friends, who said he had completed only the first part of a kitesurfing course. They said he did not even bring all of his equipment with him to the beach, only the kite and the control bar, and not the board itself.

"Adir started putting together the equipment on the beach and telling us how it worked," one friend related. "Suddenly he was dragged toward the houses. I ran toward him, but he got trapped on one of the houses after hitting the roof."

A Magen David Adom paramedic who was dispatched to the scene said that Shayo became tangled in the kite's flight lines. The ambulance evacuated Shayo, who was unconscious and had sustained head wounds, to Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera, where he was declared dead.

One surfer at the scene said that Shayo was inexperienced and should have disconnected himself from the kite.

Moran Dekel, 20, said of her friend: "We were together in nursery school, and since then we always stayed in close touch. He was great in all respects, in sports and in his studies."

"He really loved architecture, and despite his young age he already planned to work as an architect and designed all kinds of apartments on his computer and thought about which schools to apply to."

Others remembered Shayo as a joyful, friend with a good sense of humor who loved the sea.