UPDATE: Kiteboarder injured in San Simeon identified, is in critical condition


Extreme sportsman Kinsley Thomas Wong of Pismo Beach was in critical condition Friday morning in the intensive care unit of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, according to hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson.

Wong was injured in a kiteboarding crash in San Simeon late Thursday afternoon. He is 43, not 34, as initially reported.

A 2006 feature article in The Tribune said, “(Wong) is known as the father of kiteboarding on the Central Coast by area kiteboarders.” He said he and a friend were the first to kiteboard on the Central Coast in October 1998.

Wong was along the shore south of Pico Creek in San Simeon Acres when the accident happened at about 4 p.m. Thursday. When a gust of wind caught Wong’s kite, he apparently was pulled out of the water and dropped on the rocks, according to Dean Hilger of Cambria, who was on the beach.

A Calstar air ambulance took Wong to Twin Cities Community Hospital, where he was treated before being transferred Thursday evening to Sierra Vista.

— Kathe Tanner

Original story:

A 34-year-old kiteboarder was injured about 4 p.m. Thursday in an accident in San Simeon.

Emergency responders who examined the man on the beach west of 9520 Castillo Drive reported that the victim was unconscious and unresponsive but breathing, according to E.T. Tsudama, spokesperson for CalFire.

A Calstar air ambulance took the man to Twin Cities Community Hospital. His name, hometown and condition were not immediately released.