What do you do to keep kiteboarding access open at your launches? What works the best, how are you organized and how have you managed to get riders onboard and supporting your approach?
-I always use an attached, fully-tested depowering leash, even though I also use a snap shackle.
-I always stay well clear of everybody downwind, particularly non-kiteboarders (pedestrians, waders, swimmers, kayakers, windsurfers, boaters, etc.).
-I keep a log of how many hours I've spent on the water safely (currently 885 hours of safe riding), to help prove that any accident that does happen is not due to the sport, but other unusual circumstances.
-I helped start the local kiteboarding association (once it got going, it's kept going on it's own, even though a few of the first of us aren't actively involved any more). Our latest project: Training Lifeguards to safely rescue runaway kites, & riders in distress.
-Getting other riders "onboard" (no pun intended, I'm sure) is the hardest part. How do you convince the macho dudes who think they can "just hang on" to use a leash? One of my best analogies so far is to ask them how they'd feel if I were to ride leashless, directly upwind of their kids, mother (insert appropriate loved-one here). NOBODY can "just hang on" after they're knocked out by getting slammed into something. For anybody who thinks runaways aren't dangerous, we now have Silke's unfortunate death to prove them wrong (let's not allow it to be for nothing).