longwhitecloud wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:19 am
Not for me to decide how you run your country but i am surprised that if you had a 14 year old son that was part of hold up a store and no one got hurt - is was ok for him to go to prison for 120 years so he cannot hurt anyone else including himself. Each to their own. Off topic politics for sure..
I saw 3 skateboarders get arrested for skateboarding on the pavement when i was in Oahu on a holiday kiting - 3 cop cars turned up. There is no law in NZ for skateboarding on the pavement or road in NZ so it was a huge surprise - so maybe they can arrest a kiteboarder too! alien to me, but different places and cultures i guess.
Skateboarders used to have tendency to trespass and ride empty outdoor swimming pools. There's no brake on the board so that fact might freak out aging lazy worried farts. In Hollywood, FL I was stopped by a park ranger for skateboarding too. Town of old people, I say. Hey, in Germany the Segway is outlawed because "it has no mechanical brakes". Go imagine mechanical brake on a Segway. On the other hand it would free roll from a hill when turned off, so maybe some kind of parking brake and head/tail lights would be necessary. And in UK you're not allowed to ride Segway on any public property. In Greece kiteboarding is illegal "outside of dedicated kitesurfing businesses/stations". All on "last I heard" basis, I hope things changed.
We also have active bird watchers who would push laws to protect shores from kitesurfers, etc.
As I see that guy - nobody needs to risk their lives attempting to save him and from the video it doesn't look he needed to be saved. If he dies, it's his bliss and his family tragedy, and a nice story and another picture frame otherwise.
The media sell mix of hype and fear. Too much excitement but who'd care to watch TV if she said "yeah, the wind is kind of crap, you see a guy riding 12m behind me which is a pretty big kite so nothing's happening, boring...."
We're not in most extreme sport, probably bicycles leave more people with broken bones and dead in absolute counts. Percentage wise, who knows
Let him ride, it's his life and right to do so....