is tehre nothing you can do to keep your access by requiring a license like used at some spots in Florida?
And if some rides don't behave, don't give them a license. Then you have to play police, but better than not kiting, isn't it?
no way! license is not the answer in my opinion. we like to live in a free world, yet we continue to give the authorities the authority to make us have license and permits and others to do even simple things like go fishing. its rediculous.
i don't see the licnese solution being used in miami (at only one laucnh that I am aware of) as being any sort of an answer at all. kitesurfing was baned at a park in florida called howard park just as it was at crandon park (where the license is required now). 2 different approaches were used at both parks and both produced different results. in miami, they chose to fight the ban, they chose to get the authorities involved, create organizations, raise public and officials awareness and are now being forced to police themselves or be policed because of it. fine. ok, that works for them, but maybe others dont like that. i dont think their approach produced favorable results. i also think this approach may have spawned as many or more problems for them as it solved.
at the howard park ban, it went diffrent. when they banned kitesurfing from howard park, the kitesurfers around there learned from the instance and turned and walked away. they chose not to fight, they chose not to raise the brows of the officials, they chose not to try to make a license required to ride there. they just walked away. they walked with the knowledge, suffered the loss, and passed the knowledge on to other fellow kitesurfers to avoid it again in the future. alot of people would agree that this approach yielded much more favorable results. this approach has not seen any further bans in that area(that i know of) or any further public officals being involved. no license required, no clubs to have to pay to enter, no streamers to buy, no kitesurf police.
alot of what is going on in miami and what may yet to happen there may very have been brought onto themselves by their positive action approach. sure it sounds real good to listen to and talk about, and it makes some guys look nice and responsible, it may even look good on paper, but it may also be a very wrong approach that may yield very bad results. too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. the proper approach i guess, is still kind of like kiteboarding itself. that is, it's still going through major developments, trial and error, and even a little experimintation.
as far as kitesurfing schools fixing everything, they cant. but kitesurfing schools and instructors can and do have a very large influence on how kiteboarding is handled and approached in their area. like it or not. if kitesurfing is approached properly, and instruction is mandatory for all beginner kitesurf kite buyers, then most of the people on the water there will have the same knowledge and be thinking along the same lines. the few that dont go through the lessons, or come from other areas are soon made aware by all the others of how kitesurfing is being done in that area. this system works for most places. i see it first hand when i go out ridign. even areas with alot of riders, you just have to get them all thinking alike, and right! someplaces, like DR, where they have so many visitors from abroad may have a valid arguemant about getting everyone to follow suit, but for the most part it works elsewhere.