TALK TALK TALK, I agree... We all do it, but as you said, when the slightest breeze comes up, we run (or drive, as fast as we want) like mindless zombies drooling at the mouth and forget about all our preachingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. I AM AN ADICT - GUILTY AS CHARGED!! Although I must admit, that I have never preached Helmets, Impact Vests, Life jackets, or any other safe or non safe practice that I do or do not use myself - besides board leashes, as being the selfish git that we all are, I value my life, and see this little catapult set-up as an easy way to come home with a hole in your head!
I do not use ANY saftey gear, did not use a kite leash (up until moving to the Psychos - now I use it ALWAYS), and never wait for my friends to pitch up to launch my kite when I get to the beach first, even if I end up having an hour completely alone, in overpowered winds, with only gawking passer byers that know nothing about kite saftey / dangers. I AM AN ADICT - GUILTY AS CHARGED.
On the other hand, I try to stay away from people, when launching, cruising and especially jumping, but... and here's the selfish git, slap me down, I am a still a snotty little kid, kicker - NOT, because in my mind, at the time of kiting, I am actively looking out for 3rd party's better interests, but because I know that other people (and their beach chairs, sharp objects, BBQ's and CIGARETTES) are the biggest danger to my equipment than anything else on our generally big sandy beaches here in Israel. But, no, I do not relish the thought of landing on a little kid from 8 meters up, so yes, I am not entirely selfish, all the time. (Wheeew [smelly wipes the sweat from his brow], I was startig to look like a crazed mad man there - wait, are the trees swaying already, this early in the morning... [stupid, uncontrollable grin forming]
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.