Hey guys, we need your help to fight a kitesurfing ban here in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, home of the not-so-free. A couple years ago Cape Cod National Seashore, a part of the National Park Service, decided to ban kiteboarding from March-Oct claiming our kites scare shorebirds. This National Park is unique in that it incorporates more private land than any other park in the US. It spans the entire 40 miles of Atlantic shoreline that makes up the arm of Massachusetts and includes 6 towns of the Outer Cape. That means not only are visitors to the park not allowed to kite off any of the Atlantic facing beaches, but the residents of those six towns can no longer use their own town managed beaches for kiting the ocean either as they fall within the property line of the federal government. While local leaders have voiced their support for kiteboarders, and they know we've practiced the sport in a safe and responsible manner, meetings with National Seashore officials have gotten us nowhere and they are now threatening a complete, year round ban of kitesurfing. There just aren't enough of us to make an impact, and being the law abiding group that we are, it has been easy for the Seashore to take away our rights. Well no more being nice guys & girls....
We're filing a lawsuit against the Seashore to hold them accountable for banning kiteboarding claiming it's harmful to birds while still allowing driving on the beaches, bonfires, handheld single-line kites, dogs, pedestrians, hunters and fishermen among other more destructive activities. But we also need to show a judge that there's more than just a few of us. Visitors tell us all the time how beautiful they think our kites are and how amazing & fun it is to watch us. We need the support of other kiters and non-kiters who appreciate what we do. We need to represent and not just lay down and make it easy for regulators to pass bans.
Please support our right to kitesurf in our national parks by signing the following petition. Post it to your local forums, Facebook, and social media:
https://www.change.org/p/cape-cod-natio ... m=copylink
I know you guys faced similar bans in Germany. Were you able to defeat them? Did the kiters have any science or reports to back up the fact that kitesurfing does not harm shorebirds?
Thanks everyone for your help.