The other day I had a front line fail.
With out going into too much detail.....
Wind was slightly off shore...
Pretty strong current...
I really needed a tow to the beach.
I had the kite safely on the 5th line folded in half (flysurfer Foil)
I had the broken line safely wrapped around the bar.
I waved down two kiters.... both expert judging by their riding.
Both refused to help.
One even yelled if you can't relaunch it's your problem.
Anyway after a difficult ordeal in the surf and current I got back to the beach.
I had to rest a bit but my board was still out there.
At that point another kitesurfer had just arrived... he threw on his wetsuit and asked me to
spot for my surfboard while he swam out through the surf and current to get it.
So two very different types of kitesurfers.
The type you ask for help and they refuse and the ones you don't even ask for help and they go way oput of their way to help.
Big thanks to Rich of www.malibukitesurfing.com
for retrieving my board!
To the other two kiters...... If your in distress don't worry I will help you out regardless..... because I'm just that kind of kiter.
Fred, I`m going to reserve judgement on this one till hearing the other side, given that and your propensity for drama and BS.
From what you have written I see you were out in strong current etc.
At least they were good enough to come close enough to find out if you needed immediate help.
How can you compare someone towing you and your kite to the beach with their kite in difficult conditions to someone swimming in to get your board???
I would not put myself in danger to save anyones gear. If you can`t relaunch and maintain you want to hold onto your gear in difficult conditions I too would tell you wise up and swim for it. I have twice gone to assist folk in the water in imminant danger to find they are only concerned about their gear. One was a windsurfer on the reef in Cayman more concerned about his windsurfer when he was in serious trouble and the other a local in serious trouble looking to go into the rocks and more concerned about his board. Both cases I left to their own devices but kept an eye on should professional help need to be called.
To say you would help regardless is BS or you have psychological problems which I am sure you do given your postings.
Yes there are two types of kiter , stupid and intelligent. You are (without going into to much detail as you put it, the former)