Hi rick, from the sledge hammer crowd, my veiw much to wordy, weak on the do or die,My veiw will never change,Kite be mega death real Monster.Truth,YOUR # support.enough said It lacks GRAVE/GRAVITY truth ok truth
Rick, I just heard from Gian who's very "in the casino" as it were with his Loose boards and FS wings, some guys have all the luck.
Anyway, I'll do the trad and distribution, let me know when the final definitive version is go
Thanks for all the good insightful input. It looks like it is going to take another day or so to get this out following some major reworking and review and comment.
In the interim, please do us all a favor and this incredible sport. Please talk to your friends and shops about the simple realities of unstable, violent weather and kiteboarding. We all want wind, I am becalmed in the Florida Keys right now for a kiteboarding event, typical. We just need to exercise the judgment and self control to avoid grabbing more wind than kiteboarders can handle and still have a long riding career.
If you need ideas, checkout the Safe Kiteboarding Guidelines, the Weather & Kiteboarding and anti-lofting articles at:
Checkout the KSI. Then look over early diving, hang gliding or flight manuals. They were very short. Today they are much longer. Why? Because it takes sufficient knowledge to try to stay safe doing these things and we know a great deal more today. Kiteboarding is so easy to do, just like flying or more accurately steering a plane in flight. When things go wrong is when it becomes very complex. Like it or not, there is a lot to know to kiteboard over the long term with a low risk of incidents or accidents.
Due to the possibilties of things going wrong and the inherent accidental (clumsy)and incomplete nature of most human beings sooner or later a serious accident will occur at all current kitesurfing locations causing local authorities to ban the sport therefore I believe it is only a matter of time before it becomes an offshore sport that begins and ends from a boat of some kind. In the meantime thanks for helping to delay the inevitable by educating the initiates. I have just returned from a month in Ventana, Mexico where very few of your guidelines were being observed by anyone including the local kitesurfing instructors. The average landing and launching distance from hard ojects was about 25 feet and the same from other unaware human beings. Good Luck
I sleeped on this one, wondered why it seemed so clear to me, yet offended alot of people, why my focus on the safety produced a piece that was deemed so offensive as to be banned, BANNED, Im sure most, once they saw my drift on ricks read this thread realized i was just try to use the most powerful stat we have death, three last week THREE last week. I though nothing of putting "its our busy season together it just flowed out. I see the problem, I see why you freak at me. I simply think kitting is very dangerious and that inocent people will die, like one a week world wide. Thats what i think,so i have managed to mount the soap box and started screamming! thats my story! you don't like it,I get it.
I reread ricks piece, the only thing out of place was "hungering" I am fairly sure thats not even a word.
Other than that why change it? its as much an add as anything else promoting kiteing as exciting new spot sweeping the country. I thing leave just as it is. Leave in hungering. leave in point #one which really raises a question Whats a good kite school what a bad kie school, how the fuc do i tell them apart? there is concensus everyone thinks it needs work, Leave it be rick it looks good to me. It is a poor ad as well that works for me.
I see how we differ I want to stop the innocents senceless death, you want to hype kiting, and lowwer the death toll with, footnotes. Glad i got that off my chest, whatever you all!