Well there I was…kiting Lake Garda last summer. I've been kiting since 2004, and on Lago di Garda for the two previous years. Every session for two years before this day, I only kited the "Peler" morning thermal out of the north, usually 20-30+ knots of sheer adrenaline for 3+ hours on my 8 to 10m Switchblades. The afternoon wind is the "Ora" out of the south, on a good day it's around 12-18; I never bothered with this for several reasons. One, I was to tired for a second session; two, I didn't have a big enough kite; three, my light wind skills suck. That day a friend talked me into going out with one of her 13m kites (different brand) and my JL Surf KT (strapless). The wind was sketchy and it took a while to get going…should've been my warning. I finally got up and planning, going down wind to gain speed and was getting close to an instructor with a student body dragging just to my right. I edged hard and steered the kite to the left, but it didn't respond. I pulled harder to the left, but the kite continued to veer right crashing into the students kite ending up in a tangled mess. I've never been so embarrassed in my life. The Italian instructor let me have it for the entire 45 minutes it took to get untangled (deserved). All I could say was Mi dispiace "I sorry" and just embraced the suck not saying a word back. My friend showed up to help out and ensured him I was an experienced kiter, and it was just a freak accident, but I don't think he bought it. One of the worst days of my life, but I learned from it and moved on. After flipping me the bird every chance he got for the next hour after we got things sorted out, he chilled and we actually talked about it later in the day. "Shit happens, don't worry about it dude" was the last thing he said, but it didn't make me feel any better. Lessons learned: Don't kite when you're tired, don't kite in conditions or with equipment you're not comfortable with, and never ride Best kites.