Aight. With all due respect to you fokiten, I found this thread pretty boring...aside from the occassional creatively written posts. It's not the topic that makes it boring but the same thing being said over and over and over. Fokiten made his point to me in his first post..which warranted no reply from me....IMO. Now you guys are argueing and cussing at each other. daaaaaamn. Maybe somebody better start passing out some Xanax!
I'd like to be the one to be able to come in here and say that if the conditions are less than favorable I won't launch...but I wont lie. I do my best to make the launches and landings that I do decide to take on, as safe as possible! At the same time, I am not addicted to the point of kiting getting in the way of my good judgement. If I go to the beach, and the sky don't look promising, and the winds 12 gusting to 28...well, I DON'T KITE! I LOVE to ride overpowered, but I don't care too much for survival sailing or hospitals.
Not everyone is the same or thinks alike. I could give 2 shits who see's me pull what. I don't care if the beach goers never see me pull a trick. I don't kite for them, I kite for myself. So you dont see me hot-dogging just off the shore line or seeing how close I can be to people when I do launch a jump. (One bad enough experience will usually straighten out those who don't practice the golden rule of 'DISTANCE IS YOUR FRIEND'...for me, luckily it was just a concussion that taught me...others aren't always so fortunate). Matter of fact, I PREFER that my friends dont see or know my full potential, that way when we all start talking shit on the beach, I've got a surprise or two for them on the water. Try appearing to be less than you really are instead of more than you really are and you will more often come out the guy on top in confrontations of the such. What is it that people get from showing off? I don't do it and I don't get it....is why I ask.
I agree that we can't talk 'statistically' trying to compare safety. That's the biggest bunch of BS their ever was. Of course you are safer in you luxury sedan with air bags, seat belts, total control, dummy and crash tested extensively than when you attach yourself to a kite. I don't buy into statistics. They don't take enough factors into consideration.
I think the best thing I have seen from this thread is....
On 2002-11-08 08:53, BigSmelly wrote:
This is the strongest addiction that I have ever had in my life and I see no cure, and definitely want no cure. That feeling of pure, relaxed pleasure after a good session, or the sweet, dis-attached, freedom during the session. There is no substitute for these emotions. Now please excuse me, I have to go and give my 15.5 Psycho a spin.
And to you fokiten, I hear ya brotha! I understand and really do appreciate where you are coming from. I think this thread would have been alot shorter if maybe some less attitude came across in your writings.
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