actually, sometimes, there are some beginners that are just ignorant but will see the point when you make it.
10 days ago, i was at lake silvaplana. everyone who has been there on a widy summer day knows that it is one of the most crowded places you could possibly imagine (that day about 60 kites on a very small surface).
so i was setting up my equipment when a guy i had seen being blown downwind was walking up the beach again. i helped him taking down the kite, and we started talking a bit.
The first thing i remarked was that he was wearing one of these ultra-dangerous, elastique leashes for the board that was maximum 1.5 meter long. So i asked him if he was conscious about the danger of the board hitting his head. (he was not wearing a helmet, btw.) He said no and asked me why this should be dangerous, finally, he had bought the board from the instructor of his kiteschool
. I explained it to him, and he got the point quite well. i offered him my „dog-leash“, as i kite w/o boardleash now, and he gladly accepted to change the leash immediately.
when we talked on, it also turned out that he knew that he had a safety release, but he ignored how to trigger it! So i told him that he had to try it out absolutely before going back on the lake, as it could be potentially fatal not being able to get of his kite. when i told him about silke, he was quickly ready to do so.
So i think, Toby has a good point in insisting that it is our all responsibility to make the spots saver while talking to people that make obviously errors.