totally agreeNico wrote:One of the most basic rules that will help you stay out of big trouble is :
DO NOT KITE ALONE
What I mean by this is you will always get rapid response to your problems out ther if you are riding with some buddies or other "normal" kiters.
Should you not have anyone to accompany you, let the people ashore know where, when, how long , etc you are going out.
It would be a serious error in judgment to go kiting and think just because you are with "people" that you are safer. YOU ARE NOT! It is highly unlikely that anyone would be able to get to you on time if you are knocked unconscious or you are drowning, or both. You should always consider this when kiting, the fact is there could be 100s of people around and no one would see your accident or that you were drowning (or even recognize the signs of drowning) and even if they did, by the time they got to you, found a way to drag you to shore, had emergency serviced called... even starting CPR. You would likely not survive. I know some people have survived, but I feel it is a mistake to think that is the norm or the majority. This is an extreme sport. You risk your lives each time you go out. Measure that risk carefully my friends.K-School SafetyFirst wrote:I think you should be careful not to make too much general rules.
Yes, in general, we shouldn't kite alone.
But there are circumstances where it's not a greatly increased risk.
Like: people on the beach, flat water, stable side-onshore wind, wide beach without obstacles, thoroughly checked gear and experienced rider.
Right, it's an extreme sport. I do take the carefully estimated risk everytime - in every differing circumstance. It's a personal evaluation and not 100% foolproof.Laughingman wrote: It would be a serious error in judgment to go kiting and think just because you are with "people" that you are safer. YOU ARE NOT! It is highly unlikely that anyone would be able to get to you on time if you are knocked unconscious or you are drowning, or both...This is an extreme sport. You risk your lives each time you go out.
Well said, the point being is that if you are alone or if you are with 40 other kiters and people on the beach, you should assess the conditions and your ability to "mitigate" the risks. We take risks every time we go out, I think it is important to talk about it so that the beginners we are influencing are aware of the risks we are accepting, why we are accepting them and how we intend to deal with them. Of course there are a million things we cannot possibly plan for but if we think about it, we might just make one less mistake that one mistake could cost us dearly. Be smart my friends, have fun, but make sure you come home so you can kite another day.K-School SafetyFirst wrote: Right, it's an extreme sport. I do take the carefully estimated risk everytime - in every differing circumstance. It's a personal evaluation and not 100% foolproof.
I DO FEEL SAFER if there are people ashore.
I have had a helping hand several times.
Surely getting knocked unconscious is probably lethal, even with 10 kiters around. It has happened with 40 kiters around.
It's a risk I take.
For me, and a lot of other well-experienced kiters, sometimes our judgment is that it is not too dangerous to go out alone, in some circumstances. So I wouldn't make it a dogma to never kite alone.
Is it a bad example for beginners?
At any point they will have to learn that they themselves have to judge their skills, the circumstances and the risk that they're willing to take.
In this case, if you set an example, you're probably not alone anymore.