I am responding to this post as an owner of REAL in an effort to shed light on this situation. It is not my goal to engage in an online dispute but rather to let kiteforum know that safety is our number #1 priority at REAL.
In the 12 years that we have been teaching in Pamlico Sound we have rescued hundreds of kiteboarders, windsurfers, kayakers, boaters and fishermen. Many of our staff work with the local water patrol and fire departments. At any point if we are notified of an injury on the water we have a strict safety policy. 1st. We call 911 to notify the authorities and have them send the emergency services. 2nd. We launch a ski, locate the injured party and assist in the rescue.
We also have a riding map that labels the riding spots and their level of difficulty. The Planet of the Apes being marked as an advanced riding spot based on it being a mile walk upwind or down wind to the nearest beach access.
I have personally broken down 6 times at the Planet. The first time I tried to make it through the marsh to the highway. The 1/4 mile 2 hr. tromp turned out to the be the nastiest buggiest marsh that I had ever seen. I had poison ivy for 4 weeks after that break down. The 5 that followed, I walked down wind through the sound to the edge of town in Salvo.
In the case with Dr. Spike we were never notified of an injury and the staff member was misinformed as to the events of the situation. Had there been an injury reported we would have immediately sprung into our emergency protocol and assisted the authorities in the rescue. Having hiked out of the Planet numerous times, I know how nasty that can be, and I sympathize with the experience.
If anyone has any comments or would like to discuss this with me I can be reached on my direct line at 252.987.6012 or email@example.com