Toby wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:13 pm
I totally understand and agree.
Are there signs at the beach making people aware of it?
And where to buy a permit if one wants to Kite there??
I was the one that post in the FB group (kiteboarding Singapore!) that Mr. Chew (btw he is not from Singapore and I am sure have not kited here before
) got eventually kicked out from. I am also one of the volunteer that negotiate the area. The area is small (1.5km across at the longest) and it is between 2 runways less than 2 km away. Singapore is a small island and we do not have a huge coastline. During the season, that is the area that has side-on wind.
Per Stan post above, kitesurfing was banned in the area. There were kiters (including myself) that got questioned and given warning by the police. We got the permission to use the area for a specific period (3.5 months in a year) from the airspace authorities (CAAS) for a kiting zone between the runways. We also have to provide a procedure for emergencies recall and safety overview. The setup for the Association is so that they only deal with one point of contact. We also have to comply with the sea authorities (Marine, Port Authorities) for the type of buoys to use and the park authorities (Nparks) for the type of signs put up.
To answer your questions: There are 3 signs in the 1.5km length that face inward that has the permit printed on (by the air authorities) as well as the kiting area. There are 2 signs on land, facing out to sea (1.2m x 1.2m size) that demarcate the area. There are also 2 buoys in the sea to mark out the area. Note that all these need to be in place at the start of the season and taken out at the end. The joining fees is to cover these expenses, buoys and signboards (need to satisfy the park authorities requirements... cannot be a stick in the ground with a piece of paper stick onto it). We also post in the Singapore FB group to tell all about the restrictions and the requirements. There are less than 150 active kiters in Singapore and if they have bother to ask... (as like the other 120 non-Singapore nationality kiter)
, all will be pointing towards some of the Association committee member. Pay the joining fees, know the area allowed and enjoy some of the wind.
I am writing this lengthy post because I think it is a fair question that you have post, having the impression that Mr. Chew was being treated unfairly.
There are irate and irresponsible kiters everywhere, no giving any regard to the local rules and requirement, no amount of information will get them to understand why we do what we do. The only option is the tell them that they are not welcome.