Toby wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:10 pm
but the tourists you mention are locals somewhere too, no?
Or do you mean the people who only kite when abroad?
Sure, everyone is from somewhere.
and nothing wrong with traveling or being a tourist, can be a lot of fun. I have been thankful to be able to travel relatively often.
What I was trying get at, is when everyone is a visitor, most of them do not know each other, or each others' abilities, who is with a school or rescue service, who might be on their own, who is new, etc.
So, for example, if you are used to riding at some home spot, and usually see 20 people kiting, and you know most, you have a sense of community and security.
Then if you go somewhere else, and see even more people out, you might expect or at least hope, that they will look out for you, and think you will look out for them.
But you don't know them. You might not know if they are mostly local to the spot or tourists themselves. You might still feel safe because there are a bunch of people in the area.
But if you don't know the area, and the people, is your feeling of security realistic? You don't really know if people will see and understand when you need help, or have the ability to help you.
No doubt, Gunnar is known to any locals on his island, and has helped, coached, rescued, and taught lots of tourists.
It's scary that he could have an accident and no one saw it or realized he needed help.
But this could happen to any of us, potentially, somewhere close to our home, or abroad.
Some people are clueless or act poorly in their home spots as well as other places. Most people try to be aware and good to each other.
The risk with tourism is not that tourists are jerks, it's that people get a little overloaded when traveling.
Going from winter to summer or 15 knots to 30 knots, having different culture, food, sun twice as bright, water colder or hotter, currents and waves different, time changes, all these factors affect travelers. This has an effect on how you process what is happening. Especially if you are having the first session for a long time, and the wind is strong and gusty.
When I travel far, I know to be extra cautious the first day, because I know I am not familiar with the spot yet, and maybe not at 100% energy or focus. Somewhere like fuerte, for example, half the people on the beach or water may have just flown down the day before from england or germany, if not from another continent. Maybe I'm exaggerating but i doubt it. Add to all that different levels of skill, attitudes, language barriers sometimes, and it's clear you just have to be careful at tourist spots, maybe even as careful as at deserted spots.