Hood River Ban Lifted (Please continue to be careful)
- In Canadian Kiteboard Magazine (not to be confused with American KiteboardING
Magazine!) from the publishers of WindSport:
The Port of Hood River Board recently lifted the temporary ban on
kiteboarding from Port property in the Gorge. The ban revolved around safety
and liability concerns brought forth by the Port's insurance specialist. An
educational forum was held prior to the commission's decision to allow
kiteboarding on the Hook and from a sandbar notheast of the event site.
Insurance concerns were laid to rest when it was learned that U.S. Sailing
Insurance covers kiteboarding and that almost all homeowner insurance
policies cover kite operators. The Port of Hood River has recently funded
the repair of two lauch ramps for kiteboarders at the Hook. In order to
retain access to Port property, members of the Gorge Kite Boarding
Association have committed to a program of self-enforcement and education."
Let's see how long we can go without incidents which could be used to change
the minds of those insurance carriers.