64906Re: Aussie Nats CALL TO ACTION
- Mar 8, 2003It seems to me that kitesurfing competitions are inherently unsafe.
They could be safer but I don't think many organisers are interested.
At the last competition I was thinking of entering:
- Many competitors did not use leashes despite the commentator
telling the public how they were compulsory.
- The competition area was right on the beach with several
competitors having to take extreme avasive action to avoind ending up
on the sand.
- Heats of 5 riders resulted in kite tangles in half the heats I
- The tide went out so the competition area was reduced and
surrounded by rocks.
- No safety marshalls in the downwind zone to look after downed kites
or retrieve lost kites.
As a spectator I find watching kitesurf competition heats very
boring. The best of the go-big guys are really good and if I could be
sure to see just the finals I probably would make the effort.
I think the extremely technical moves are very boring for spectators.
I appreciate the skill but you can't really see what's happening with
a spinny handlepass move. The public like huuuuuuge jumps. Big board-
off tricks add a little to the interest but the main attraction is
extremly big air and lots of colour.
Just a thought. I race with 30-40 kitesurfers all heading off at once
would look fantastic. A wide field could give plenty of vertical
separation and all kites moving in the same direction would reduce
the risk of tangles.
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