pablitotff wrote:Privatization is not the only way to keep kiting from getting banned. However, it is the method that people with money will use to accomplish this goal.
I think locals can privatize access by working with local authorities - the local beach here requires permits for horses on the beach, the concept for kitesurfers would be roughly the same: Sign something that says you agree to abide by all the rules and/or be a good citizen of the beach, pay an administrative fee, and you're good to go. Possibly also require a PASA card or something which demonstrates you at least have the basic skills (verified by a certified instructor) before you can qualify for a permit. Break the rules and your permit is cancelled, ride under suspension and you'll be fined.
If you think in terms of a "layered defense", the first line of defense is self-regulation - keep an eye out for newbs and help them out, give visitors information about local rules, etc. This works as long as the experienced riders outnumber the newbs/visitors, and the newbs/visitors actually listen to good advice and follow it.
The next layer is a permit system or something where riders A) accept liability, and B) agree (in writing) to follow rules and/or be good citizens of the beach. Local authorities should go for this because A) they're off the hook as far as liability goes, and B) they can withdraw access and/or fine riders for abusing the privilege. Even if some guys don't get the permits, they're likely to be on good behavior so that they don't get caught riding without one.
The last line of defense is laws and/or outright bans, neither of which is good for us.