rynhardt wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:46 pm
It's great that the locals have established a set of guidelines that work for them.
Unless you want to get into a pissing contest about whose rules take precedence and who is a local and how do you go about proving it etc etc, a good old signpost will go a long way to getting everyone on the same page.
Also keep in mind that visitors probably have different customs and culture from the locals, ergo, they do things differently. You may not understand why, but understanding is not required, only tolerance.
Every time I have visited "popular kiting destinations" places like Cape Town, I was shocked by the number of arrogant douchebags that our sport attracts. It's when you ride in crowded places like these that you are confronted with the many incompetent, unrespectful, and asocial wannabees that are on the water sometimes. Right-of-way rules as described above by OP are internationally set and are IKO standard - if you don't know how they work, or how to implement them, you should take another lesson or 2 in a shallow lagoon in a designated teaching area, and you definitely do not belong on the water in Cape Town
. A signpost in Cape Town about the rules on the water is therefore not really a useful suggestion in my opinion: if you need to read this signpost to learn about right of way etc. before going on the water, you shouldn't be pumping up your small kite on Kitebeach in the first place.
I am not from any of these places myself, but when I do visit, I make sure to respect the rules and not piss off the locals. If it was my world-class backyard being treated like that by visitors, I would definitely not be happy. Mad respect for the patient locals for not cutting more lines or deflating more kites