XBOY, as usual we are on the same frequency, I think it is not good for the sport that the pro's are not setting the example, and still it is stupid of pro's to think they have everything allways under control, there are enough accidents that prove their wrong.
I know however that there is another reason why these safetygear is not being used... it just doesn't look nice for on the pictures or movies, they had been complaining that they only took pic's and movies from people that were not wearing safety gear at comps , so the pro's were forced to do the same.
Because at the end of the day it all ends up with marketing etc...
Therefor I think the power of setting this issues up is up to the tourorganisator.
And yes they are setting incredible examples to all the beginners out there, first of all if you see them busy it looks ooohhhhhhhhhh so easy and second of all people are not seeing all the safety issues or safety gear !
Second of all I think that a lot of people are putting all their money in kite equipment and not into safety gear, and this should be prevented by using certificates, and decent rules...
PS : XBOY see you tomorrow on the water