After the horrible kiteboard accident in Holland two weeks ago, discussions about safety and precaution where hot on the Dutch forums.
(A 23 year old guy had launched his kite on the beach with onshore wind, got lofted and dragged onto a parked van. A week after the accident, he died in hospital. also see: phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2331754&start=40
We don't have a lot of spots in Holland where we are allowed to kitesurf and everyone wants kiteboarding to be safe. These accidents shouldn't happen anymore!
The kite community has come with an idea to prevent accidents and to provide better information for newbees and tourists. The idea is called KITE-AWARE.
It's quite simple. For every different kitespot, we need a couple of locals who kite alot and know the specific rules of the spot. They also need to know what is safe and what is not. They just have to be responsible kiteboarders who want to save the spot and the sport. This already happens now, but it's not organised.
These "responsible kiteboarders" will be the members of the kite-aware team. You can recognize them by a Kite-Aware lycra, so it's easy for newbees or tourists to see who they can ask for information about the spot they want to go kiteboarding. KITE AWARE will also talk to people who act dangerously or neglect the rules. They just keep an eye on everyone and try to keep the spot and the sport safe.
The idea of KITE AWARE only started a week ago and already we have over 50 KITE AWARE members for 28 kitesurf spots (some joined in for more than one spot), so it seems to become a great succes!
For us the main reason is that it's alway better to have something organised by ourself, instead of the government. Some spots have a lot of pressure and are about to be closed. With the KITE AWARE we hope to prevent closure of the already rare kitespots in Holland and provide a better safety. Now we can show the government that we can do it ourselves without their "help......" The kite community sticks together for a better kite-environment.
Curious? We are online on: http://www.kiteaware.nl
(still under construction.....) If you have additional ideas, please let us know!