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by RickI
Mon Mar 11, 2002 8:45 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Just a big toy kite ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Hello Toby, I too, feel that kitesurfer certification will have to come to this sport if it is to be allowed to continue in many jurisdictions. We don't want it and don't want to hear about it. Kitesurfing is all about freedom but freedom, where others may be at risk is all about responsibility. Som...
by RickI
Mon Mar 11, 2002 7:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Just a big toy kite ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

You are right. Instruction is not as widely available as it might be. It is much more available today than it was only a year ago. Although California and Florida may have a larger selection, I would think that many maritime states now have at least one training outfit. As to inland states, it may b...
by RickI
Mon Mar 11, 2002 7:09 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Just a big toy kite ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Hello Lane, Excellent idea! I was thinking up printing up some general guidelines derived from the FKA guidelines and also a preflight checklist, laminating them and handing them out like cotton candy. I will prepare something, sufficiently general to have some validity at the widely varying launche...
by RickI
Mon Mar 11, 2002 3:36 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Just a big toy kite ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2134

Aside from centerline or chicken loops, snap shackles that don't reliably open, etc., a big threat to kitesurfers or more accurately kitesurfing access, is new folks trying out kitesurfing. That is without any proper instruction, sometimes without kite depowering leashes and playing with traction ki...
by RickI
Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Price of Carelessness
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

Yes, just like before flying an aircraft, this list or one like it. Preflight checklists came to flying when it became apparent that too many mistakes were resulting in avoidable accidents. Given the high level of skill and experience of some of the recent casualties and the very basic errors in som...
by RickI
Thu Mar 07, 2002 1:44 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Price of Carelessness
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

Toby, You are right. It will take putting this in front of people frequently enough for the need for a careful approach to sink in. This applies particularly to new kitesurfers. The reason that I posted the last two accidents directly is that they involved highly experienced, expert level kitesurfer...
by RickI
Thu Mar 07, 2002 5:47 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: The Price of Carelessness
Replies: 5
Views: 1217

This is the last accident that I HOPE to post directly here for a while. Coming so close on the heels of the last highly experienced kitesurfer accident and some of the shared causes, I thought it was important to post it here. We REALLY must take this sport much more seriously and be methodical in ...
by RickI
Wed Mar 06, 2002 7:35 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: riders from Poland
Replies: 6
Views: 1222

Be of good cheer. It sounds like kitesurfing in Poland is going through its infancy as it has in many other parts of the world. The conditions that you describe are similar to what things were like in the USA about three years ago in many areas. Kite prices will vary particularly depending on countr...
by RickI
Wed Mar 06, 2002 4:20 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: riders from Poland
Replies: 6
Views: 1222

Welcome to a great sport! Have you been out riding at Hel yet? My girlfriend went there last summer and was impressed by the quantity of windsurfers and good riding conditions. As to locating other riders in Poland you might also try putting a post out on the kitesurf list at: http://groups.yahoo.co...
by RickI
Wed Mar 06, 2002 3:05 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Bad Judgement Injures Rider, Damages Sport!
Replies: 3
Views: 1001

Rob, In this case, this advanced rider was just using the hook without snap shackle or clips. Many advanced riders are doing just that, no kite leashes or snap shackles. Normally they have the skill, speed and strength to unhook but not always. In this case, mine and many others once there is enough...

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