Tom183 wrote:If this can be corroborated, it would be the first documented case of an injury to a bystander, correct?
There have been others. This is one of the more serious ones, aside from the one loeuftok mentioned. If it is the one I heard some fragments about, it was quite bad as well.
What to try to do about this sort of thing?
1. Build awareness of what can go wrong and how to try to avoid it.
2. Peer pressure
3. Industry initiatives (promote responsible kiteboarding in ads and by team riders, retailer education, advance caliber of instruction and course content, etc.)
1. Bans, you guys are done.
2. Required Certification
3. Conditional restored access through negotitiation.
1. This is where most people seem to be the most comfortable. It requires little exertion, innovation or effort. If things go well, it is a winning strategy. If not, it amounts to tacit approval of loss of access and other public perception problems.
2. This appears to be the predominant strategy in play these days.