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Old 03-07-2008, 10:55 AM
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Well put MKB. The real issue is that when consumers sign up for lessons they put their trust in an instructor. How are they supposed to know that these guys don't know what they are doing?

Want to Win a Prize?

I've got a FREE NPX Hydrotex for the best photo of one of "South Florida's best" teaching at Hobie today or tomorrow. It has to be a lesson and clearly show the "instructor" teaching at this location. Good video will earn you a lycra as well.

Also...

If we get good footage of an industry member ie. instructor, team rider, representative in the air less than 1 kite lines length away from the beach Adventure Sports Miami will anti up again! YUP, add a prize. That's another NPX Hydrotex! Same as above, if you can immortalize the rider in video you've got yourself a lycra too!

It's only for the best in each of the 2 categories above. So there will be 2 winners if we get submissions in each category. Submissions will be judged by Garry "the body Menk and "Two Tall" Todd Greaux. We will take submissions at info@adventuresportsmiami.com. Any submission that appears to have been staged or encouraged will result in disqualification. Please DO NOT include the names of the riders in photos or video as our crack judging staff is familiar with all industry members in S. Florida.

If you see anyone teaching at Hobie, I'd suggest informing the student of the dangerous situation that they are in and they should seek more qualified instruction. This is of course after you secure your prize winning photo or video.

In truth we shouldn't really even be riding at Hobie as we have proven that we can't control ourselves. Therefore, if we do choose to ride there we need to police the beach carefully. Let's all get serious to protect our riding locations and keep them open. Shoot away!!!

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Old 03-07-2008, 03:08 PM
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Good summary and to the point Christophe. Kent, that is an inspired idea! I hope there are no takers, but if there has to be, hope they get some good clear images. We need to stop abuses, especially the easily avoided ones at our launches soon.

Thanks for all the input!

Tomorrow is another day, one with the arrival of a strong cold front with a nasty looking band of squalls. Squalls and unstable gusty winds are likely to occur in the area tomorrow. History repeats itself? Maybe, the choice is yours.





You can see realtime winds during the passage of the front at:
http://windmapper.com/?Loc=FL
and
http://www.ikitesurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=171

Checkout: http://www.wunderground.com/stationm...0.20020&zoom=6



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Old 03-08-2008, 09:54 AM
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Here's the latest out of NWS for the area:

THIS AFTERNOON
SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 25 KNOTS BECOMING NORTHWEST
IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO GALE FORCE. NEAR SHORE...SEAS 3 TO 5
FEET. IN THE GULF STREAM...SEAS 6 TO 8 FEET BUILDING TO 8 TO 10
FEET IN THE AFTERNOON. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY. SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS IN THE MORNING.

Gale force = around 40 mph.

I think Kent was right, things are spot on for some serious problems today at Hobie.
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:37 PM
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any problems? or did that do the trick?

and wasn't that the warmest NW we've ever had???
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:02 PM
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As it turned out, the wind went NW a bit earlier than expected. Therefore, I don't think that we got too many submissions from Hobie. I did receive a few requests asking that Crandon be included as well. One potential winner failed to have his camera ready when he saw an "instructor" flying his kite well above his head in gusty conditions at the sign in desk while talking to a prospective client! That's the way to encourage respect for power of the kite.

So in the spirit of good clean fun and prizes for all, we will also have an "open" category that will accept photos from any Florida riding location. The rules are earlier in the post. We will judge submissions from the 3 divisions on April 1st as this is appropriately "Fools Day". Happy hunting!

PS. send all submissions to info@adventuresportsmiami.com

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Old 03-10-2008, 02:35 PM
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Way to go Kent, a STATE WIDE contest! I think you may be on to something that could bring some good and necessary awareness out there.

Get those cameras warmed up. You may be doing more than shooting some candid images and winning a rash guard. Your actions may be saving us some serious grief down the road.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:05 PM
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Kent asked that I bring this back up to the top. I agree, we need to tighten things up in instruction. Instructors are the experts, establish the standard of care for their students perhaps for their entire kiting career. That is a big obligation and one to be taken very seriously. Instructors need to protect their students from high risk practices certainly during the course to a reasonable degree and equipment them with the knowledge and guidelines to watch out for themselves once they leave instruction.

This is obvious, there is nothing remarkable or controversial about it. Instruction in many other actions sports has paralleled this for a long time. We need to step up what we are doing in instruction to preserve our access, the odd student and others.
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