magic%20Ed wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:22 pm
Very good explanation, because he is relating all rules to the global sea laws
About waveriding: you do not have right of way because you are on a wave, but because for you it is more difficult to manoeuvre. So if a big lip is hitting the person going out, this changes the richt of way to you, being the waverider, to give way, because in that situation, you are more able to manoeuvre (depending on the situation off course).
All the rest is about being nice to each other, not about rules
Rules make us nice to each other because they avoid conflict/collisions. Nothing can be more heated in kiteboarder interaction than after 2 kites tangle and you find you need to replace a lineset.
Your first statement about "why" you have the right of way, is to my understanding, incorrect. The entire point of kitesurfers (before us, windsurfers) changing the sailing rules was to allow for riding the wave without interruption. If the waves are only around 1 meter that day, then that is the wave size that everyone gets that day. And regardless of whether or not you have the skill/capability to jump back over that wave, you still have right of way if you stay on that wave, over an outgoing rider (who has enough room on the inside to change directions and avoid the rider on the wave). If waves are over a meter that day, but someone is engaging a smaller wave of 1.5meters then there is somewhat of a dispute as to whether that person was actually riding a wave on that day.
The problem here is that it gets very complicated with the multiple variables of skill level, how the break lays out at that location/tide level/wave size, wind strength, and number of users on the water including non-kiters. This last one can really complicate things when you have swimmers in the same area as kiters where a kiter needs to turn around to avoid a swimmer but the kiter behind does not see the reason why that kiter is changing direction.
Over all, the rule needs to be very simple with few exceptions. And this vid is good at not getting too in depth to where misinterpretation may cause one person to think they have the right of way over the other, when they do not.
Personally, I do not always fit the "down the line" wave mold, though sometimes I still do. I like go back and forth on a wave, roll it from the back into the pocket, then go back over for another try. With each aerial maneuver disengaging the wave face and ending up on the back side, I loose the right of way as I am no longer technically "riding" that wave, even though I am on one side or the other and focused on that one wave. This means that if I want to ride like I prefer to, I have to go off somewhere where there are no other kiters in the break, on a wave, or soon to be coming out. Thus for me, space is the best way to avoid collisions since I cannot use the normal rules. And my only way to solve these issues with my riding style, is to kite in cold water at locations that are not crowded.