4745Kitesurfing BANNED at Bondi, Sydney, Oz
- Mar 1, 2004Hi Everyone,
Kiting has been banned as of last Wednesday, at Bondi Beach. Please
do not go out there, if you do your gear will be confiscated and you
will be fined several hundred dollars, more if you ignore the
On behalf of AKSA and the responsible kiters who are members of AKSA
and who wear leashes, that would like to be able to kite there, I am
in the process of having talks with the Waverly Council.
Someone is out there now, this person ignored the warning of the
Lifeguards, and is in serious trouble when he comes in.
Please do not kite there while I am negotiating with council to
This ban represents the first I know of in Oz and is a precedent that
should concern all kiters.
The trouble at Bondi was primarily caused a by a few people, all of
whom have ignored the absolute sanctity "no surfcraft with in the
flagged areas" rule, have abused lifeguards, even threatened
lifeguards, cut off surfers to the point of fist fights, crashed
kites on people on the beach and walkways, etc.
These people are renowned for "Look at me" stupid behaviour, like
jumping too close to other water users, the shore, other kiters,
solid obstacles, boats, etc. This death wish, kooky selfish behaviour
must stop, please voice your disgust to people who act this way,
demand they stop it at your beach, or risk losing access!
Please pass this info on to everyone you know especially tourists.
If I am successful, in removing the ban strict conditions will apply,
including being a member of AKSA, wearing a kite depowering leash
(not suicide), reporting to the lifeguards every time, obeying the
lifeguards at all times, and staying well clear of all other water
users and the flags.
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