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PostPosted: 21 Jun 2011 22:13 Post subject: Reply with quote
here's a bit of info, if you can "Wade" thru it.
Search Source Entertainment circa '05
A screenplay is being tossed around now.
"Every Launch has a Jack" is the working title.
I prefered to keep it on the low down unless its a close friend & expert kiter due to the fact its a sketchy and crowded launch and chose to never mentioned the place online.
Curious? Call the head ranger Lena at the Cove ranger station
and ask her for the *TRUTH about how they feel about kiters, etc..
I have talked with her and several of the other rangers and their main issues are:
1. They are worried about a kid or innocent beach user getting taken out buy an out of control kiter at the Cove.
2. They want the kiters to police themselves and be safe launching, landing and near swimmers, etc.
3. Comply with the flat wake buoys adjacent to the beach.
Another issue they have is with us is "reserving" a large area during crowded times.
The unfortunate fact is that (between 7 - 10) kiters have been critically injured (several nearly killed)
and airlifted from the lake and if the numbers keep up there is obvious reason for concern.
Any given summer weekend there is hundreds of beach goers, all their kids, cars, tents, awnings, motorhomes, jet skis, boats and heaps of crap that many leave behind and were not just talking about the crap all over the nasty fly infested bathrooms.
Do your fellow kiter a favor and back him up on launches and double check your and their lines, bridles and safety gear before launching and also when launching someone as sometimes on the bow kites it hard to see from a line length.
I have known D for years and was down there the day that *Jack threatened him and when J asked Jack what the problem was (after D calmly walked away not reacting to Jacks crazy threats) the only thing Jack could come up with to tell J is that "I had to listen to his music until 9pm last night"..... What a frickin joke to get that pissed off at a mellow guy because of his music! Pretty obvious that Jack has plain lost it and deserves to be relocated.
Have you ever camped at the lake in the summer and had multiple cultural music camps all on different channels blast noise all night long and temps barely go below 100 as your bit by mosquitos? Gunshots and fights are also not uncommon and i look forward to when they put up a fee station and ban vehicles from the beach.
And isnt it still daylight down there at 9 in the summer and if he was listening to loud music (which i doubt, cuz he's totally chill, into yoga and dosent drink or party and usually on the water for more hours than all of us).
I have known D for years and he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and he would do anything he could to help anybody and also know he hooked up a majority of the people on the beach with new kites for wholesale cost.
Myself and a other people have also had trouble with Jack and I did the same thing he did and filed a report against Jack earlier this year. I think it was a smart and easy thing for D to report him also since the rangers were there when he was threatened and nobody deserves to be treated as i observed.
I felt better after reporting him but it didnt seem to make a difference because he was still there untill recently and its GREAT now that he and his bad attitude is gone.
*Jack is an 300 lb plus alcoholic that recently started camping year round under the main trees the kiters hang around at the lake and thought he owned the place till the rangers recently made him move to the Cove due to numerous complaints. The guy hates dogs and anyone that dosent bring him "gifts" and definately needs an attitude adjustment.
The guy this year even opened numerous boxes of mothballs (he thought it would keep the rattlesnakes away) and totally fumigated out the entire area with the only available shade for over a month. Frickin' sucked!
All in all... the lake is an EXPERT ONLY location and even then several "experts" have also been airlifted out and NOT recomended for beginners. Lake Mead is even worse and Southern California is much more wide open and safe, sandy as opposed to rocks and steady predictable winds unlike that at the lake which can change in a moments notice and the price you pay may be yours or even worse some innocent beach goers life. Baja is also another awesome place to learn and in fact probably one of the best as is Baja's La Ventana during the winter months.
Lets hope the kiters love this place enough to choose to keep it safe for our future fun and leave the bad attitudes and rumors in the lake bathrooms.
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2011 16:24 Post subject: Reply with quote
You forgot to mention about how the Large thermals turn into water-spouts
when the 35 - 40mph winds switch from the West. Good luck trying to save your gear.
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