Don't know if I'd like to see you angry robbie, or indeed be the one who made you angry!
But then again I reckon I could out run ya, so I might be a chance...lol,
It doesn't really get crowded enough where we kite, but I have had a few incidents. My brother and I had an interesting upbringing, and spent a lot of our youth and early twenties hitting first talking later.
That alone was enough to to teach me to always stay calm when kiting and especially on the road. It also taught me nothing good comes from violence and also you are one punch away from hitting someone who can really mess you up...lol
But this experience in my youth has somehow given me the ability to stay calm when others are losing their heads,,,have stopped a number of potential bust ups at crowded spots.
That being said...if my son was put in danger ( he only 5 at the moment wont start kiting until he is 6....ha ha) my reckless behaviour (and I know Robbies son so it makes me all that a bit more angry reading it), I would see red. If the guy was being a wanker when I approached him I am certain ( unfortunately) I would give him a large dentist bill with my head, knees and elbows....tip don't use your hands fingers and wrists break.
But yes it can bring to worst out in us....only human after all.
... it takes me a lot to get to the violent stage but this dude came with in a bee's dick I tell ya!
You know what, karma can be a bitch, later that same day the same dude trashed his kite in the surf and tore it to shreads. When he was walking back up the beach my son who was watching and taking a few pics had a good old laugh at him. And even funnier, the next day the same dude with same kite now, attempting to check if it flew ok (fixed over night), flew it into a tree
he had a group of us laughing our arses off!!!! What a douche!!!
Talking of bullies, similar story, different beach but same holiday location, the missus and her girlfriend were kiting happily, upwind and away from every one minding their own buisness. Big dude with dreads on a yellow cabrihna kited up and around them, cutting them both off and constantly forcing them into dangerous positions, ie jumping in front of them, landing very close , gybing when not looking etc.
Later when enjoying a beer or 3, having a de-brief, both missus and girlfriend were chatting about this guy and stories how he was bulling them I said next time point him out, if he has the audacity to come back, I'll have a word. A day later he's out there doing it again so I approached him. Like a bully does, he took off, this way and that, he then tried to cut me off ie even though he was upwind, he kept his kite low. Oh, ok, is that the game were playing hey. My mood changed from diplomate to f#ck him diplomacy has failed!!! I chased him up and down, me shaking my fist at him gave him a good idea I wasn't happy. He went too far down wind where I wasn't prepared to go so I had to let him go. No idea what I would have done but I sure would have taught him a few choice words in english. We didn't see him again and missus and girfriend were happy being left alone.
Why do people get dumber or bigger bullies when on holidays? I can't believe the self centered manor some people get, me personally I like to be chilled and love to kite alone so I head off upwind waay away from the d!ckehads.
Cheers for now,