Tropical Storm Fay + Kite-surfing = Hospital (And Youtube Fame)

UPDATE -- Youtube has pulled Miami's favorite gnarly kite-surfing accident, presumably at the behest of CBS4, which filmed the whole sordid affair. Fortunately, you can still indulge your need for extreme kite-surfing footage at the CBS4 website. Enjoy!

When Tropical Storm Fay started whipping 40 to 50 mile-per-hour winds through Fort Lauderdale on Monday, there was only one logical way for Kevin Kearney to deal with the adverse weather:

He strapped a kite onto his body, headed for the beach and hopped onto a surfboard.

It was a wicked plan. Until the 40 to 50-mile-per-hour wind did its thing with his kite.

The 28-year-old remained in critical condition at Broward General today after bouncing off the beach and into a nearby building in quick succession.

But on to the good news! His gruesome kite-surfing mishap has been all over CNN, the Weather Channel and YouTube, where 1,500 have watched his face bounce off the sand since Monday.

-- Tim Elfrink

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