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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 28 2007, 02:39 PM
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i totally agree guys. Being new to kiting at metro the one thing that i notice all the time which is a major pet peve is leaving your lines out. Metro is sucha dangerous launch site, having lines all over the place only makes it worse. Tryign to get through the trees at the shoreline is not fun and it is worse when you take a step and realize you are caught up in someones lines. take responsibility for your equipment, and the sport and try to keep our laucnhes open and safe. I dont want to sound like a jerk, but every "beginners guide" says to wrap up your lines so people dont trip on them. I will do anything to keep launches open, like most people, i'm tired of losing launch spots because a few people ruined it.
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