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> Tried to help a rider and got it taken the wrong way!?
tea time tony
post Aug 22 2009, 11:31 PM
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So friday i finally figured out my kite wasn't broken while i was at dodge park on cass lk and decided to do some riding. when i was sitting talking to a newer rider i had not met i was noticing an older man out riding on a c kite and doing everything wrong. he really just looked like he had never been properly shown any safety and or how to fly/ride a c kite. a few windsurfurs had come in and i had told them to be a little cautious around this rider who i was unsure of, they all were vary glad i had told them because before i arrived they were riding vary close to him. when he finally came in i introduced myself to him and he told me his name was smitty. I tried to get some background information on his riding but he was vary reluctant to say. After that i had asked him why he uses a leash on his board and i asked if he knew the dangers of it right away his attitude changed a bit. he did not really know i was a kiter and trying to help. i let him know that leashes were vary unsafe and could cause some serious injuries but he began to become short tempered with me. i had also asked him if he had ever been shown how to properly fly c kites and he right away became frustrated with me. after a while i had just given up on this rider and told him the only reason i said anything is to try and keep everyone safe because i know if something goes wrong and word gets around, their is a possibility of our sport being ban from an area and that is the last thing i want. he ended up packing up vary quickly and was being vary rude saying every time i walked near him "now be careful we don't want you to get hurt!".

Does anyone know this rider?

ever had the same problem with a rider before?

I have never encountered another kiteboarder who was so reluctant to get some knowledge about his/her sport that could help them in the future. it kind of made my day become a bit off to tell ya the truth. im really hoping i do not run into this rider again but i really do hope he somehow acquires the knowledge he needs to be a little safer and make the sport better for everyone. I feel that whether or not we would like to be we are all ambassadors of our sport. every time someone sees us ride they will probably interpret one of 2 things 1 that looks like an amazing sport! and they would love to try it or 2 that looks extremely dangerous/that person has no control/they are crazy. Being safe always helps to keep people looking at it from the first point of vew and hopefully we can keep it this way. wink.gif


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