Rick, I'd say there's a story out there still waiting to be written. And it's an unfortunate story as it seems to me it's all preventable enough.
For three weeks I've been sitting here in one of the Caribbean's kiting epicenters during the offseason. Whenever the wind does come up, the situation presents itself really quick. Way too many people competing for the same stretch of water--as in the shoreline. Of course there are SUPPOSED to be rules to follow. If you look hard enough you'll see a sign here or there. We've all read it somewhere at some time. Something about a barrier extending out x number of feet, yards, meters from the beach where no tricks/jumps are to be performed, a space better left for paying beginners to body drag and get their first, hopefully, safe taste of kiting. And another one about keeping bar lines wrapped and out of the way when not in use so as to prevent tangles during crowded beach launches. And quite a few others.
However, it seems at this stretch of beach (and, from what I've seen in many other popular kting destinations), these rules only apply to the other person.
How else do you explain the virtual obstacle course of kites all within 20 and 30 meters of the beach? All too frequently it seems struggling newbies are targets to aim for as opposed to obstacles to be avoided. So hell bent for the limelight too many are too willing to throw caution to the wind ingnoring the consequences of what happens when your missed handle pass sends your kite into the lines of an already struggling beginner's lines or, even more likely, their kite unexpectedly diving into yours.
This is all so common in this area it's the complying kiter that's the exception not the norm. And ironically enough, I've been told, the office of one of the sports "Big Regulators" is located just down the road. If we can't draw the line in the sand here, then where?
Accidents, true accidents, in kiting will always happen.
This is just stoooopid.