This is very scary for the future of kitesurfing. And this tendency seems to be very common in many european countries, at least here in Holland where i live....
Of course it is not safe to launch a kite on a beach full of sunbathing people but there are enough coasts and beaches in our countries to give a zone to every category of beach/sea/lakes users.
Problem is that laws are national (in general) and a new law will be implemented here at the end of the year.
In holland kiting shall be allowed only in open waters (sea), at certain periods of time and no more on the big dutch lakes.
The only way to avoid this restrctions is to negociate with every single town/village council to "free" a special kiting zone.
But until now very few have been granted and it merely arises to "kitesrfing forbidden" rather than "kitezone".
Even if the dutch kiting organisation puts loads of efforts in it, the athoritites see it more like one more burden because of the "dangerousness !!!!!" of the sport.
Problem is that by doing this, the authorities will make kitesurfing dangerous : nice spots will be overcrowded and safe spots are getting closed
We have a nice example in NL, Oostvoorne Autostrand....
Please save Ostvoorne Autostrand
This is the safest place in NL for learning kiting (Bay type spot with Chest- height waters, no waves, no currents) and the auhorities are thinking about closing it next year
((((((( then creating more danger for all the kiters especially the beginners who will have to face the north sea which is full with waves, currents deep waters etc...
There is the law and enforcing the law, but knowing the police here t
hey will not hesitate to give you a fine if you kite in a forbidden place even if the beach is empty and you don't represent any danger for anyone
I'm very pessimistic in a better kinting environment in Europa for the next years, but i still hope, and as you guys said european elections are coming, let's hope that the elected guy will bring more FREEDOM for all than restrctions and forbids....