I'm not talking about someone blocking access to the launch zone - most newbies get the word on that and get out of the launch zone once their kites are airborne (the beach I was at has tons of space). Any other exceptions?toyletbowl wrote:Sometimes though riders have no choice but to ride close to other riders. It's not ideal, but launch and landing situations sometimes dictate the riding situation.
You're describing the exact problem I had the other day, frequently had to wait to get going because I had to keep moving my kite down (and then getting set all over again), or because they went downwind of me right in the direction I was intending to start (not bothering to jibe until they were a lineset length away)...toyletbowl wrote:One thing you and other newbies can do to help is if you're downwind and a rider is getting close, lower your kite so they can pass by you safely with thier kite overhead.
If you're depending on a newbie to lower their kite so you can get by - YOU'RE TOO CLOSE!!!
Next time, I'm just going to ignore them and/or pretend to have really bad kite skills - maybe if I look dangerous enough and send my kite right at thiers, they'll give me enough space. It seems like being polite only made them feel comfortable about riding even closer...