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post Jun 19 2007, 11:35 AM
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this thread is intended to communicate and maybe improve our beloved launch. any comments from any level of rider are welcome. Lets be careful to not go overboard, I think basic rules of the road and kite etiquette work pretty welll at Metro now, just maybe some general refinements would be helpful especially on busy days.

+be mindful to rig and park your kite out of the main launching area. Metro has a limited "sweet spot" locate on top of the grassy knoll downwind of a gap in the trees. if kites are parked in the sweet spot it becomes difficult to avoid snags and find the room to launch. The main launch area is bigger than just the "sweet spot" too, the central lawn also sees launching traffic. Maybe only park kites on the outside of the knoll?

+roll up your lines if you dont foresee immediately relaunching your kite.

+lets be direct in our actions between the guardian trees and around the general entry/exit point. commit to coming in or going out, dont waffle around. kiters coming out have the right of way, give them space. if you're riding and having difficulty staying upwind, dont add to the problem and get stuck in the outgoing and incoming traffic.

+respect the windsurfers

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post Jun 25 2007, 09:02 PM
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Kyle.... Thank you for stepping up and saying something. It troubles me that this post has been around for about a week now and nobody cares to give any input. It seems to me that a few guys have their livelihood attached to this sport and should care a little more about preserving our launches like yourself. This is not about taking sides and being silent. This is about preserving something that could potentially be lost due to our own laziness. Personally I could care less about what somebody's financial gain is from being active is securing the long term access to launches in this sport. (Rumor has it there is already a big player in the indusrty trying to take it to another level with the government and if they get their way it will change the way we do everything in this sport). All I care about is that we have more than 3 voices coming up with ideas.

I worked hard in maintaining access to Harsens Island that past couple of years. Now we have pretty much lost it. Clay Twp had a changing of the guard and the new Chief of Police sees it different than the previous one. I spoke with him and pleaded our case but that is just it he only heard from me. One outside voice vs. the residents of the island and I lost. Now if you choose to park there and kite your fate rests in the mood of the officer and trust me if he is in a bad mood that session will cost you a few hundred dollars in fines and towing bills.

I spoke with the Park Super of Metro early this spring. He enjoys having us there. One thing I got from my conversation with him is that he has no clue on the dangers of our sport. We have an opportunity to show some responsibility and create some RULES as a group and keep it that way or face a different outcome. I'm not prepared to face a different outcome and I assure you that I will get involved long before that happens. I also assure you I will not be courteous in trying to get your opinion I will go to those who have been willing to help me in that past and go to the park with what we come up with. I also do not care who I upset in doing this because your opportunity to speak is now. If you cannot post on the forum email me your concerns and I will cut and paste them for you.

Somebody we all know once told me that "his sanctuary was the beach. That is where he goes to relive the stresses of life and if somebody tried taking that away from him he would get very defensive of it".

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