RE: [ksurf] Re: Where are we heading?
- Dave I think Gang stuff might be a bit extreme but I totally agree with the
sentiment. We in the UK live in an evermore litigious society and the fear
of negligence and compensation claims is a huge factor in local government
decisions, so much so that you can get bans imposed just in case something
happens. We all know the beauty of kitesurfing is the sense of freedom it
gives. We all have to be sensible so that ignorance and or stupidity will
not reduce our freedoms. So if you have the attitude that someone behaving
dangerously is not your problem, it soon will be! :-)
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
Behalf Of dave@...
Sent: 11 October 2005 22:19
Subject: [ksurf] Re: Where are we heading?
A couple of comments on newbies and safety. Statistically, newbies
aren't the ones most often killed--experienced kite surfers are.
Safety is an ever-vigilance thing, not simply a skill to be learned
Kite buggiers have a concept which might be worth sharing: Safety
is EVERYONE'S concern. If you see another kiter behaving in an unsafe
manner, it is YOUR beach and YOUR sport which will suffer in the end.
With this attitude, one feels much better about walking over and
saying, "I used to do it that way. It is dangerous. Let me show you a
safer way." Buggiers have been known to go to extreme lengths in this
pursuit--even "ganging up" to physically restrain extremely unsafe
kiters from doing harm.
Just a thought...
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, hungvu2000@r... wrote:
>...............in that context: "We have improved the sport"...because we - being the sport -
> Some place may see growth, some place may not but that is not the
> subject of this thread.
> The fact that we have improved the sport (know how, safety, production,
> etc.) is probably more important.
If the bulk of the people participating may now have two years+ expirence. The 'know
how, safety, etc.' automatically improve, likely at a faster rate, than any material
improvements like 5th lines, Bow shapes, etc. (hense the complaints of limitations of 5th's,
Bow's, etc) My local crew could pass IKO tests with 2002 kites and 185cm boards.