Re: Please read this
- Hello Fabrice,
Thanks for offer to help in this! I was contacted by Pacal in
Thailand a short while ago. It would be great if you guys could
collaborate on this. I will contact you by private email in this
Thanks to Mel for your input on the actual Ten Points. You make a
number of good suggestions. So please keep those ideas coming in.
Kiteboarding safety like kiteboarding access seems to be a group
project. I appreciate all the input that has been received so far.
--- In kitesurf@y..., "flashboarder" <fabrice_willemin@h...> wrote:
> French needed? I can do it, let me know...
> --- In kitesurf@y..., "flkitesurfer" <flkitesurfer@h...> wrote:
> > Lots of accidents out there, too many. It seems that a lot of
> > could have been avoided if a bit more care had been used. We
> > this sport and our ability to pursue it. Lets work to protect
> > ability to ride and while we are at it, ourselves and others.
> > The following document has been prepared to go out to shops,
> > schools, clubs, associations and individual riders everywhere.
> > would be great to get everyone's input on these two documents,
> > finalize them and then send them out as widely as possible.
> > If you own a shop or school, consider printing the final version
> > and passing them along to your customers. Riders could do the
> > to their friends. We are all in this great sport together and we
> > will benefit or lose out as our actions dictate. I say, lets
> > keep down avoidable accidents and keep our access to ride.
> > Some riders are already translating the Ten Points document. It
> > would be a great thing if other riders could also translate
> > documents to help spread the word. To avoid repetition it would
> > good to know what translations are underway.
> > I have worked up a shorter version that fits on one page if 8
> > characters are used. If the intro paragraphs don't add anything
> > you think might be useful, replace or even delete them. They are
> > only intended to build a case for the need to follow the
> > guidelines.I would advise including the last intro paragraph
> > begins with "Please consider working "Ten Points for
> > Kiteboarding" ..." at a minimum however.
> > TEN POINTS FOR KITEBOARDING
> > Kiteboarding is an incredible new extreme sport that is sweeping
> > around the World. The thrills and shear joy of flashing over the
> > water and flinging yourself, spinning into the sky at will can
> > addicting. A good session often enough leaves you hungering for
> > MORE!
> > With all this power, as they said in the movie "Spiderman",
> > great responsibility. True story. We were talking about throwing
> > full grown adults high into the sky over the water for fun,
> > There is a lot of power there. That is responsibility to protect
> > bystanders, access for all kiteboarders and yourself for your
> > ones. Kiteboarding is an incredible rush; severe pain and
> > from your friends for causing an avoidable accident and
> > loosing access by careless actions are not. We can ride on the
> > and visit the extreme but like flying an airplane or rock
> > there is a way and conditions to do it in and some to AVOID.
> > This year and particularly in the last month there have been a
> > number of serious and in some cases fatal kiteboarding
> > Some of these incidents may have been avoidable if additional
> > had been taken. Would you fly an airplane into a severe storm
> > No, why then would you kiteboard near one? So grab all the
> > adrenaline rush and sensation that kiteboarding can deliver just
> > at it with adequate care. If not, don't be surprised if
> > bad comes your way. It has already for some unfortunate riders.
> > Please consider working "Ten Points for Kiteboarding" and other
> > practices into your riding habits. They may help to keep both
> > and bystanders safer and help to maintain access for us all to
> > this great sport. The following guidelines have been developed
> > part from the analysis of almost one hundred kiteboarding
> > and accidents. Even with these guidelines injury can still occur
> > kiteboarding, so be careful out there.
> > 1. TAKE ADEQUATE PRO KITEBOARDING LESSONS FROM A GOOD SCHOOL and
> > carefully build your experience in manageable conditions.
> > cost but you will be shredding faster, easier and safer for your
> > investment and could save your costly gear and even yourself
> > bit of shredding.
> > 2. CAREFULLY CHECKOUT THE WEATHER color radar, real time wind
> > reports and forecasts before riding and constantly BE AWARE OF
> > WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE RIDING. Conditions should be free of
> > or squalls, excessive gusty winds and be appropriate for your
> > of experience and equipment. If not, don't go riding. If storms
> > squalls move in while you are out riding, land, remove the lines
> > thoroughly SECURE your kite well in advance of any change in
> > temperature. Offshore and onshore winds should be avoided.
> > TWICE THE WIND FOUR TIMES THE POWER OR KITE AREA! Storms have
> > already injured a number of kiteboarders.
> > 3. USE SAFETY GEAR including a good, appropriate helmet, impact
> > vest, tested kite leash, reliable quick release chicken loop &
> > harness line, gloves and hook knife.
> > 4. NEVER LAUNCH OR RIDE WITHIN 200 FT. OR 60 M UPWIND OF HARD
> > OBJECTS like the shore, boats or rocks. In
> > your friend" and may sometimes forgive serious errors in
> > and just plain bad luck.
> > 5. Always methodically and CAREFULLY PREFLIGHT YOUR GEAR,
> > the condition and attachment of your lines. Make sure that they
> > untangled and free of any snags. Do not put off repairs, make
> > before launching.
> > 6. Always try to HAVE ASSISTED LAUNCHES AND LANDINGS WITH AN
> > EXPERIENCED HELPER who can clearly understand your instructions
> > signals without error.
> > 7. KEEP YOUR KITE LOW IN THE SKY TO TRY TO AVOID LOFTING AND GET
> > OFFSHORE RAPIDLY. Do not stay on the beach or near hard objects
> > a kite in the air. Never jump onshore unless you are up for some
> > broken bones one of these days. Frequently mentally and
> > rehearse dealing with strong gusts and dragging conditions.
> > 8. CONSIDER AND PRACTICE LAUNCHING UNHOOKED and be ready to
> > your bar to activate your kite depowering leash if things go
> > The earliest that you should consider hooking into a fixed
> > line is near the water with your kite low an over the water in
> > to pickup your board.
> > 9. BE CAREFUL IN AND CONSIDER AVOIDING HIGHER WINDS while
> > kiteboarding, commonly winds greater than 18 kts or 20 mph. Kite
> > forces and flight speeds can be much greater and conditions far
> > forgiving of errors in judgment and simple bad luck.
> > 10. AVOID COMPLAINTS AND HASSLES TO KEEP SHREDDING FREE AND AT
> > If you see someone that needs help or good advice, jump into
> > If you see someone doing something ill advised grab your friends
> > go talk with him convincingly to avoid problems for everyone
> > the road. When it comes to maintaining access, we are all in
> > sport together so pitch in and be ready to help.
> > These ten points cover aspects presented in the more
> > Kiteboarding Guidelines" that have been around for a while with
> > frequent updates. The Guidelines are located at:
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kitesurf/files/KSR%20-%
> > 20SAFETY%20REFERENCES/
> > FKA, Inc Transcribed by: Rick Iossi