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Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby windwahine » Sun May 22, 2016 4:08 am

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.... :angryfire:

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-national-seashore-superintendent-george-price-support-modern-green-recreational-activities-in-our-national-parks-and-seashores?recruiter=545234933&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink


:bye: Toby,
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. :thanx:

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby airsurfer » Sun May 22, 2016 5:11 am

signed

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby Rbgar » Sun May 22, 2016 11:02 am

Signed, please everyone sign this! :thumb:

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby windrider1 » Sun May 22, 2016 1:24 pm

I don't understand the blanket ban mentality. why cant parks just section off an area for kiting I mean less than 1 mile is more than enough for the sport.

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby Kamikuza » Sun May 22, 2016 1:28 pm

Signed.

Somewhere else in the US, some shop has wedged themselves into "running" a public park's beach too--you have to buy a license and a lesson from them before you can use the beach. In the public park. Public. Park.

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby windwahine » Sun May 22, 2016 1:46 pm

Kami, not knowing the specifics of that situation I can only guess it was the only way to avoid a ban. If the park claims they don't have the resources to police us ( a way of saying they can't be bothered) the shop probably had to come up with an enforceable plan to do so themselves and protect access for kiters.

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby Toby » Sun May 22, 2016 6:19 pm

signed, and shared.

In Germany we are trying to make them aware that we are a green sport.
Being part of being in the Youth Olympia also helps as argument...since we need shores to train...

A big argument is also, that they support the "green, clean energy" and therefore put up thousands of wind mills...looks horrible, the landscape looks shit now.
Plus, here we go, according to official studies they kill more than 100.000 birds yearly. How many do kiters kill?

And the money card (unfortunately always the most important): kiters bring business to the areas...we sleep, drink, eat. Our money stays in those areas.
No more kiting, less money for the locals...

Plus, the "association" in Germany that goes against kiting depends on money...they need to show success...so they will start with the smallest group, that's us...so they get more money from the EU for their projects...big scam.

Check also who is voting for a ban in your case...see how they are funded, and if they are looking to get more money from whatever part...you might be surprised and will find a big argument...

Good luck and keep us informed!

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby abel » Sun May 22, 2016 9:03 pm

Signed with comments :goodluck:

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby Johhnn » Mon May 23, 2016 12:55 pm

Signed and included some simple, constructive comments.

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Re: Please sign petition to allow kitesurfing at National Seashores and reverse ban in Massachusetts

Postby matth » Mon May 23, 2016 1:02 pm

Signed...Have we tried to reach out to John Kerry?, windsurfer , kitesurfer.


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