ian c wrote:No. I don't want an organization representing me to the media. Kitesurfing is an individuals pursuit and and with that goes self responsibility.
More rules = less people thinking for themselves
If you crash into an innocent bystander no organization is going to dig you out of that hole you dug yourself into.
This is nonsense. When you are kitesurfing, whether you like it or not, you are not perceived from the outside as individual. We are all perceived as kitesurfers, as a group. Every stupid thing you do will affect the rest when the beach is banned because of your actions (hypothetically speaking of course). The fact that you are organized does not relieve you of responsibility, I'd say it is quite the opposite. Organizations have the opportunity to do some significant peer pressure. Also by pulling together in the same way, you seem like much more collected front.
I can say from experience, that matters a lot. If we had no organization here, the situation might be different from what it is today. It is a lot easier to "attack" a scattered crowd. Funny thing is that a lot of people here benefit from all the hours put in by some, without knowing or acknowledging it.
Your more rules = less thinking doesn't make any sense? What do you mean? Why would riding rules and guidelines preclude people from thinking for themselves? I mean there are rules in the line up, does that preclude people form thinking while riding? Again having a set of rules doesn't relieve you from personal responsibility. This is the way it works in society in general.
..and of course no organization should dig any one out of a hole, BUT an organization could help avoid the situation at all by negotiating a dedicated launch area, by educating members, band an organization can help keeping that launch open since the actions of one stupid person isn't necessarily representative for the whole group...even if it is perceived as such.
or at least thats my 5cents.