Kiteboarder Kinsley Wong still in intensive care after last week's crash

Extreme sportsman and Pismo Beach resident Kinsley Thomas Wong remained in the intensive care unit of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on Monday, but his condition has been upgraded to serious from critical, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson said.

“He’s moving in the right direction,” Yukelson said.

Wong, 43, was injured in a kiteboarding crash in San Simeon on Thursday afternoon.

In kiteboarding, a person is strapped onto a board and is harnessed to a huge kite. The kiteboarder uses wind to propel himself across the sea. Wong, an expert kiteboarder and kiting instructor, is the entrepreneur behind XtremeBigAir in Pismo Beach.

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, said retired Cambria dentist Dean Hilger, who was kiting that day.

Emergency responders who examined Wong on the beach near Pico Creek reported that he was unconscious and unresponsive but breathing, said Eryn Tsudama, spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

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