Today I was out on a North Rhino 16 in lightish winds and my harness broke on me. I use a leash that is attached to the CL . Unfortunately when the harness broke, the CL went and the kite crashed LE down.
I was 50 metres from shore and made a decision at the time to head for shore as the wind was diagonally on shore. I was Sure the kite would drift on to the beach. To my shock and horror the kite somehow with a rip drifted in slightly then out to the into the bay.
I then approached a fellow and more experienced kiter to assist. To my dismay, he refused and excused that he could loose his gear as well as the winds were light. Hmm I was bitterly dissappointed and thanked him for his time and headed down the beach to hail a anchored boat 800 metres away
Fortunately the two guys and two girls kindly helped me to retrieve my kite. By the time we reached it, the kite was about 400 metres out and my fellow kiter was jumping and having fun in what he said was too light a wind to help.
Question: Do you help if you are able to or what would you do ?
My belief is if he was unable to retrieve it himself, then at least offer to pull me to the kite so I can self rescue.
He did not even do that !
There was only at the time the two of us
What's your opinion? what would you do
I know what I would do. Try to help
you should be careful when attempting this, but I think its something you should do. if that guy ever has his harness break, i'll bet you wont be rushing to help him out, right? and who has control over things breaking?
I think it depends on the conditions. I always try to help out when I can but sometimes if someone or a kite are just too far downwind I will end up harming myself or my gear. Also it depends on the wind and the frequency of wind. For example if it was a storm day and it was my first day out kiting in months I am pretty much going to ignor the world. If I am in the are of a downed board or kiter I would probably help but I am not going to ruin my day of fun to do a rescue.
I would only help if it was life and death.
Their have been a few kite rescue that I have scene that have gone wrong. Your out their you deal with it.
Now that so many new kiters are hitting the beach and after a few weeks think they know it all and complain when they go out too far and drop the kite and spit at you because didn't help.
I'm not saying your one of these ppl it's just that the growing number of kiters is causing everyone to mind their own business.
If it's a bad enough experience for them it may make them stay away.
Don't despair yet kik128. Not everyone's a rat bastard. I've been out before and had my chicken loop break with such force that it also broke my leash buckle. While I swam in, someone else caught my kite (which was flipping along happily in the breeze) brought it ashore, then deflated the leading edge. All while holding his kite. Around here, we regularly will grab someone's drifting board and either bring it to them, or in to the beach. Those who don't help are generally the ones who haven't needed it yet. But, as we all know, sooner or later they will. Then maybe they'll get the picture.