Author: Matt and Keegan Myers, with PASA Examiner Chris Moore
Published: Kiteboarding Magazine, www.kiteboardingmag.com
Number one: use common sense and respect others. Stay clear of people using the beach and maintain a safe distance at all times. If this is a location with other non-kiters, establish a clear kiteboarding zone. Designate a set-up area, a launch area, and a landing zone. If possible mark the areas so it is apparent to everyone.
Some common guidelines should include: Maintain a 200ft buffer zone off the beach; avoid riding and pulling tricks anywhere close to the beach. Make sure that right of way rules are clear and understood. Make it mandatory that everyone uses a kite safety leash and wrap your lines on beached kites to avoid “runaway kites”.
Another great idea is to organize a training day for the local lifeguards and/or other local authorities. Teach them how to rescue a kiteboarder, how to disarm a kite, and make them feel confident and comfortable with being able to handle kiteboarding on their beach. This can go a long way disarming a bad incident before it happens.