On 2002-11-27 16:53, murdoc wrote:
here's a checklist developped (and (c)opyrighted) by kitesurfing-kiel.de ...
i've translated it:
This is great! Good work.
Rick, you really have a mission on your hands. Good luck man.
Extreme is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case the doer / participant. We shit 4 brains addicts, think of it as a walk in the park. This is dangerous, but how can you change the way we do not think? I learn a lot from a lot of sources, and an equal amount from personal experience, but it is easy to see the necesity for people to keep learning, keep enquiring, etc when they have appreciation for the risk and respect for the forces that can end their lives in a matter of seconds. It is the hyped up newbie, that pitches up with his 16m kite, and does not even know how to launch, but is so stoked at having seen people boost huge airs, that he does not see past the fact that there may be a lot of information to take in, before one even trys to fly a kite, that will ruin our sport one day.
Do you know that the word respect does not appear once in the above thread. Respect, is paramount to getting people to treat this sport with care, and to take their saftey and the saftey of others into consideration.
That is my solution. Teach people to respect the forces that they are playing with. If they do not understand what there is to respect, they need to be shown (Rick does this well). If they don't respect the forces, they WILL learn to respect them the hard way.