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GENERAL SAFETY & COURTESY RULES 4 KITING IN HOOD RIVER

 
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cgka

Since 18 Jul 2006
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PostThu Jul 17, 14 2:57 pm    GENERAL SAFETY & COURTESY RULES 4 KITING IN HOOD RIVER Reply with quote

THE WINDS ARE BLOWING, THE SUN IS SHINING, AND YOU ARE AMPED TO RIDE!!!

BUT, BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER, HERE ARE A FEW TIPS WE FEEL EVERYONE (EVEN THE HARDENED LOCALS) NEED TO READ, RESPECT AND REPRESENT WHILE KITING IN HOOD RIVER OR ANY OF OUR REGIONAL LAUNCH SPOTS


Don't jump/boost near the shoreline or others (aka - DON'T BE A DICK) : It scares and intimidates people kiting, launching, landing near you and quickly becomes dangerous when swimmers and windsurfers are added to the mix. Once in a while it may seem cool to do, but really, it makes you look like an asshole who has no consideration for others.
EVENT SITE - Please no boosting/kiting inside of the safety zone white buoy marker. This will begin to be enforced by the Port of Hood River on a case by case level focussed on offenders that local kiters and officials view as careless/dangerous.

Give other water users proper spacing/room to maneuver : So, you can downloop your kite and spin your board on a dime, but can the person who you are crossing paths with do the same, or are you causing them to panic and ruin their fun for the day(?). We all want to have fun, but don't make your fun, another persons fear.
SWELL RIDING/BOOSTING - Keep an eye out for others whether you are slashing off some swell and changing direction quickly, or boosting and floating downwind agressively. Either way, you need to be aware of others kiting around you, it is not the other person's responsibility to avoid you, you are the offender/aggressor in this case and need to kite with skill and caution.

Always help others launch/land : You help others and in turn they help you. Struggling with a launch is usually the immediate first step into a yardsale across the beach and a direct visit to the hospital.

Check your safety systems : When was the last time you popped open your chicken loop or leash release? Test them out before you launch and rinse them in the water to clear them of debris (it's amazing how many people bring in kites to our shop with chicken loops or leashes that are seized shut with debris)

Parking : Yup, parking. At the Event Site, if you have a motorhome or trailer, use the specified parking for oversized vehicles, do not take away 2 parking spaces or set up a picnic area where others could be parking.
At the Wunderbar - BACK IN PARKING ONLY!!! ALWAYS LOOK FOR TRUCKS (they will win in a car vs truck collision)! NEVER EVER SET FOOT ON THE TRACKS!!
Refer to this :[url] http://www.nwkite.com/forums/t-30220.html[/url]

Approach every session like it's the greatest day ever! Have fun, spread the stoke, share the water and help others have as much fun as you are having!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQCXZwS65S0

[youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQCXZwS65S0[/youtube]

Thank you
Your Local Hood River Kiteboarding Community


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PostMon May 27, 19 8:30 am    Thanks for posting this! Reply with quote

That's all!

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sallygreen

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PostSun Jun 09, 19 11:56 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you for the information!
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johnnyp

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PostSun May 24, 20 9:23 am    Launching/Landing Best Practices Reply with quote

Does anyone have a sense of the covid-related etiquette of asking another kiter to launch or land you if accessing the sandbar via the spit (or at other gorge spots)?

I don't want to self-launch/land in a busy spot like the sandbar (especially since if something goes wrong, people would have to get within 6 feet to help).

I could either
1) bring a family member (who is quarantined with me) to help, but then that person is waiting around on the sandbar: they'd be socially distanced from everyone, reading a book, and causing no trouble, but it's one more body
2) ask another kiter to launch/land me which means we're still socially distanced (by 24 meters lol) but they're touching my gear which might put them in an uncomfortable position.

Any thoughts?

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Singlemalt

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PostSun May 24, 20 9:53 am     Reply with quote

It’s cool, just keep your distance and ask for a launch. No problem.

Offer to launch others, catch a few kites.

We’re in the period of springtime high water, you’ll be wading up to waist deep or more to get out to the sandbar.

The sand bar is tiny, there’s no room for us to do anything but work together. Lines are strung out across the wind, there’s gear everywhere. Launches yesterday usually involved several people to clear lines and gear. It was super chill.

Most important with the tiny patch of sand is to rig and go, land, pack and leave. Don’t leave a ton of gear on the beach, and nothing you can’t afford to lose if the water rises.

Clear the deck as quick as you can.

Same suggestions will apply when the event site grass reopens, but there will be tons more room.

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Sella

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PostTue May 26, 20 10:38 am     Reply with quote

Singlemalt wrote:
It’s cool, just keep your distance and ask for a launch. No problem.

Offer to launch others, catch a few kites.

We’re in the period of springtime high water, you’ll be wading up to waist deep or more to get out to the sandbar.

The sand bar is tiny, there’s no room for us to do anything but work together. Lines are strung out across the wind, there’s gear everywhere. Launches yesterday usually involved several people to clear lines and gear. It was super chill.

Most important with the tiny patch of sand is to rig and go, land, pack and leave. Don’t leave a ton of gear on the beach, and nothing you can’t afford to lose if the water rises.

Clear the deck as quick as you can.

Same suggestions will apply when the event site grass reopens, but there will be tons more room.

Thumb's Up Sage advice Malt. Thanks.

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johnnyp

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PostTue May 26, 20 12:37 pm    Thanks for the info Reply with quote

I went to the spit this weekend and was able to get a hand launching- launched, had a great sesh, and then cleared the heck out Smile

Thanks again!

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