I voted yes, but this is a "slippery slope". An organization works well on paper, but how effective will it really be in solving the problem that seem to be fueling the restrictions we all fear?
I'd be happy to support the world-kiteorg or US-kiteorg if it helps solve a few problems. Personally I think everyone should be certified and registered so that makes them "answerable" and also gives them some credibility, makes them insurable, etc. What's the big deal if we have to pay $50-100/year? Boaters all do it, even for a kayak in a lot of places! But then do we want someone telling us we need to wear a lifevest, helmet, etc????
Typically when the government enacts a law they also have to determine if it's enforceable. Who will enforce these kiting rules? Do we want it to be someone in a uniform with a gun and a badge who does not know anything (nor cares) about kiting, or someone who has a commercial interest, or is it better to police ourselves? Who will have the authority and who will sit there when 1 or 2 people go riding thru the swim zone, chase them down wind, catch them, ticket them, incarcerate them?
Example: Last summer a few guys in MI received tickets from the Park rangers for riding thru, or too close to, the swim zone - and THEY were not actually the culprits! The ranger may have decided to just make a statement? Find someone on the beach with a kite and make an example of him? So where does it begin and end? Will we need call numbers on our kites, riders license and certificates of insurance on our person at all times, attorneys who specialize in kiting law?
We can teach & preach good kiting behaviour all day long, we can call people out publicly, we can pull plugs on kites, etc...but there will always be these few people pushing the limits of what's acceptable. Look at drivers - you have to go to school, get a license, get insurance, theoretically follow the laws and drive safely, register your vehicle...but every day there are a bunch of A-holes on the road annoying and killing people.
In a perfect world all people would have a little more common sense, courtesy, and respect. In the end that's probably the only real answer. It's not a perfect world so we will still have the riders who will deviate intentionally. I think too many people in this sport, and many of the ones causing the problems, are driven too much by their egos - riding too close to shore, other people in the water, thinking they have some sort of special privilege?? Most of these incidences are blatantly irresponsible, but others are innocent mistakes or misunderstandings
But the reality is that we have all probably ridden too close to shore, too close to swimmers, surfers, other kiters, boats, etc...often times safely and in total control...I think it will be hard to draw the line all the time and it will be a very subjective call. For instance - with the Hawaii Bill that they are trying to pass - who will be out there measuring the 200' distance? I think 200' is probably a good distance in most cases, but it is almost impossible to respect that distance all the time. And just look at all the pictures taken over the years that illustrate our real riding habits.
If a national or international organization is formed I would hope that it would work toward a few basic goals including but not limited to:
some legal representation to maintain access,
access to affordable an quality insurance,
some informal influence on manufacturers to develop safe equipment,
maybe a poll for these goals would be good?
If membership is required in "Kiteorg of the Universe", and good conduct is mandatory for membership, to ride at say Tiki Beach, who will be the judge and jury on this?...and so back to the vicious circle...who has the authority and how enforceable will it be? Will that individual go to court to testify every time there is an incident? Since we represent such a small segment of society how do we convince the other 99.9% that we are OK except for a few rad "bad boys" on the water. In either case, laws, bans, local rules notwithstanding, there needs to be a better "consciousness and conscience" out there on an individual basis if we want to avoid the undesired, and inevitable, consequences.