I have received some input and have modified the letter, please see below. Also, I understand that kiteboarding may not be included in this years Gorge Games but have not been able to confirm this. It wouldn't hurt to send the email to them anyway for future consideration.
Good suggestion. I have modified the letter and have included it below.
I am an avid kiteboarder and am concerned about this sport. Virtually all pro and competitive riders don't use safety gear and trust to skill and luck in avoiding accidents. Recent accidents show that skill alone is not enough to protect riders from injury. Some simple safety gear is needed to avoid future accidents and incidents.
This is a potentially dangerous, extreme sport that will always have some accidents, I know and accept that. I would like for logical precautions to be taken to avoid the needless accidents that will happen in the future for want of simple safety gear.
I ask that in the interest of a successful, well received event that you make kite leash AND safety release loops and/or snap shackles MANADATORY at your competition. It would also be good if you strongly recommended the use of helmets and impact vests. I expect that riders won't like this and will complain but this logical, responsible step is necessary. I have little doubt that this will come to pass at some point after enough injuries have occurred among riders and perhaps bystanders. I ask that you do it now, before more incidents occur.
Also, I would like to request that the competition area be located to avoid placing spectators or hard objects nearby and downwind of the competitors. As important as judge and spectator viewing of these events is, it shouldn't have higher priority than rider and spectator safety.
Thanks for your time and consideration in this matter.
From: Peter Traykovski [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [ksurf] Trying to bring something positive out of this ...
I think you should append that careful choice of safe event sites is required
without downind obstacles / bystanders should also be required. This will help
to send the messsage to kiters that they should carefully chose their riding
locations with safety in mind.
Rick Iossi wrote:
> We need to makes some reforms in this sport, to keep it growing free of
> restrictions and excessive, avoidable accidents. It would be good to try to
> improve safety at future competitions. If we are successful in this, it may
> cause a trickle down effect to the rest of us in time. This pattern happened
> in many other sports over the years.
> I have prepared a letter that others can cut, paste and send off to the
> competition organizers listed below. It would also be good to send one to
> the sponsers, that is gear manufacturers. I will work something up on that
> and post it separately. Please make up your own subject line, that way it
> may be harder to filter out these messages and throw them out before reading
> them. That is if you don't want to put your own letter together. If enough
> of us do this, we may cause a major change. Do it in memory of Silke.
> I am an avid kiteboarder and am concerned about this sport. Virtually all
> pro and competitive riders don't use safety gear and trust to skill and luck
> in avoiding accidents. Recent accidents show that skill alone is not enough
> to protect riders from injury. Some simple safety gear is needed to avoid
> future accidents and incidents.
> This is a potentially dangerous, extreme sport that will always have some
> accidents, I know and accept that. I would like for logical precautions to
> be taken to avoid the needless accidents that will happen in the future for
> want of simple safety gear.
> I ask that in the interest of a successful, well received event that you
> make kite leash AND safety release loops and/or snap shackles MANADATORY at
> your competition. It would also be good if you strongly recommended the use
> of helmets and impact vests. I expect that riders won't like this and will
> complain but this logical, responsible step is necessary. I have little
> doubt that this will come to pass at some point after enough injuries have
> occurred among riders and perhaps bystanders. I ask that you do it now,
> before more incidents occur. Thanks for your time and consideration in this
> So that is it. If you have suggestions for an improved letter or corrections
> to the addresses below or other addresses, please send them in. IF WE ACT
> SOON and in numbers, some good may yet come from this sad accident.
> Rick Iossi
> A listing of the events and email addresses follow:
> Gorge Games Event Management:
> Event Marketing
> Octagon Marketing
> 1266 East Main Street, 7th Floor
> Stamford, CT 06902
> Voice: 203-363-1084
> Fax: 203-363-1088
> PR and Marketing Contact
> Kacey Meagher
> Octagon Marketing
> Sponsorship and Sales Contact
> Rufus Frost
> Octagon Marketing
> 203-352-5221 [/quote]
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> Event organizer: Rene Egli
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