Draft "TEN POINTS FOR KITEBOARDING"
(Question: Should the first three paragraphs be deleted?)
Safety, right, on about that again. Well guess what? The numbers are catching up with us with lots of serious injuries, incidents and some fatalities. We are now exceeding fatality rates in many other extreme sports with far more participants.
Riding practices have been careless on a widespread basis for a long time. Like careless flying, driving and even running, if you do it, you are stacking the deck against yourself. Sooner or later, the odds will collide with these careless practices and accidents and incidents will happen. So what, it is always some other guy anyway, right? Maybe, but it is your access that may be forfeit for the carelessness of others. So we are all in this together.
Some ideas that MAY help riders to have safer sessions, with a lower chance of accidents and incidents follow. This is being put here for consideration and discussion. If we continue on the path we are currently on our incredible sport will likely be in store for a punishing period. So, please think and talk about this.
TEN POINTS FOR KITEBOARDING
The following guidelines have been developed in part from the analysis of almost one hundred kiteboarding incidents and accidents. They are intended to present ideas on how to try to improve rider and bystander safety and to help to maintain kiteboarding access.
1. TAKE ADEQUATE PRO KITEBOARDING LESSONS FROM A GOOD SCHOOL and carefully build your experience in manageable conditions. Lessons cost but you will be shredding faster, easier and safer for your investment and could save your costly gear and even yourself from a bit of shredding.
2. CAREFULLY CHECKOUT THE WEATHER color radar, real time wind reports and forecasts before riding and constantly BE AWARE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE RIDING. Conditions should be free of storms or squalls, excessive gusty winds and be appropriate for your level of experience and equipment. If not, don't go riding. If storms or squalls move in while you are out riding, land, disable and thoroughly SECURE your kite well in advance of any change in wind or temperature. Offshore and onshore winds should be avoided. REMEMBER: TWICE THE WIND Ã¢â‚¬â€œ FOUR TIMES THE POWER OR KITE AREA!
3. USE SAFETY GEAR including a good, appropriate helmet, impact vest, tested kite leash, reliable quick release chicken loop & fixed harness line, gloves and hook knife.
4. NEVER LAUNCH OR RIDE WITHIN 200 FT. UPWIND OF HARD OBJECTS like the shore, boats or rocks. In kiteboarding Ã¢â‚¬Å“distance is your friendÃ¢â‚¬