I am confused by this thread as I think more than a few people may be as well. There are criticisms, against myself and others with similar intent. The basis for the complaints is not clear however and accuracy in this seems to be optional. It may be just an attempt to stir the pot and if so, I regret wasting everyone's time (and my own), with this response. More importantly if you have something to contribute that builds something aside from confusion have at it, please.
The point seems to have something to do with not sharing information or learning from one another's experiences, forcing people to do things and promoting this sport as safe. I am lost as to where the valid basis of any of this arises from. I can remember as I am sure many other riders can when not so long ago no one really thought much about riding in or around squalls, using kite leashes that actually might work, protecting your ribs with an impact vest and your head with a helmet, preflighting carefully, etc., etc. Because people have been injured and killed and most importantly because we have tried to understand what happened and have talked about it, things evolve, hopefully improve and the sport moves on. The same thing happened in most extreme sports that you could name. What makes kiteboarding different in this regard? Are all the ideas final, the best and infallible, of course not. To conclude that has been stated or even implied is incorrect and naive. We are talking and experimenting and in that way we all are moving this sport forward.
fokiten, if you don't want to talk about things that might protect your privilege to kiteboard, avoid restrictions and bans through reduced incidents and accidents through improved procedures, don't, it is that simple. I know what it is like to kiteboard in ignorance and an information vacuum. It almost killed me two years ago and kept me wondering constantly for a few months when the next slam would come until things started to make a bit of sense about how to possibly avoid it. Once they started to make sense we talked about it compared ideas and hopefully the sport improved a bit. You may want to ride in ignorance and an information vacuum, but I don't. So, if censoring information and hard won experience is your thing, have at it. Perhaps others want to shred and try to stay healthy as well and want to exchange ideas in order to try to do just that.
For the record, I do not feel that kiteboarding is "safe." I routinely say that it is the most dangerous thing that I do out of several extreme sports.
I do not promote kiteboarding and I make no income of any kind from it. I particularly don't promote kiteboarding as a "safe" sport. I try to help people that are going to do it anyway and are doing it already, to try to do it a bit safer, maybe, as there are NO assurances on safety. There can't be, not at this time. People are going to continue to flood into this sport without any encouragement or discouragement from me. Realizing that, we can ignore it, as I think you advocate or we can try to help all these people get into the sport that are in it anyway at this point, without a lot of avoidable accidents, incidents, restrictions and bans. If we go hands off, as has happened in may areas these negatives may well happen. No real assurance of success in this effort but at least we are trying, at least some of us are.
No one is required or "forced" to do "anything." The word "choice" appears regularly in posts. The use of the word "force" in this thread appears to be grossly inaccurate and is quite weak. Unless you want to advocate forcing riders to do things as I do not.
So aside from advocating poor to no communication on safer ways to ride, having a blast, keeping access to shred free and at will, what is the point of this thread?