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Old 11-14-2004, 07:11 AM
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Default Sarasota Kiteboarding Guidelines

Rob Hassle prepared the following some years ago. Are there points that should be updated for changes in local conditions?

Kiteboardinq areas on Siesta and Lido Sarasota Fl.:

-All guarded areas are Off Limits on Siesta Public and Lido Public; these areas are marked with swim buoys. Stay well outside the swim buoys when riding.

-Ground handling and lessons on Siesta to be done in one area only! The only area with enough beach is north of the public beach behind homes, it is a private beach and kiters have permission to practice there. Stay away from walkers on waters edge.

-If you launch anywhere else on Siesta go directly to water and body drag out away from beach.

-Ground handling and lessons on Lido in two areas only! Area 1... North Lido at least 1/4 mile north of Lifeguard tower. Notice and observe north marking swim buoy.
Area 2...South Lido park beach side.

-If you launch anywhere else on Lido go directly to water and body drag out away from beach.

General Rules:

-All beginners must seek professional instruction

-DO NOT Launch in areas were beach users are down wind from you

-Beginning kiters drag out two line lengths prior to water starting

-Kiteboarders yield right of way to all other beach users and walkers

-Kiteboarders yield to other water users

-Assisted launch and landing is recommended

-All kiters must use a proper kite safety leash

-While you are setting up pay attention to incoming kiters and assist in landing their kites

-Do not leave unatended kites on the beach

When Launching:

-Make sure that beach area is clear, no people down wind

-Launch kites only from designated area

-Leave the beach in a slow and controlled manner

-Beginners body drag 200 ft out before water starting


On the Water:

-Starboard tack has right away (right hand forward is starboard, left is port)

-Jumping kiters sacrifice right away

-Incoming kiters let launching kiters go out first before landing

-Jump and jibe at least 200 ft outside shore break and swimming area

-Yield right away to ALL other water users


Your compliance with these rules will help to keep public beaches safe and open to kiteboarding. Please remember that we are new comers to the beach and our behaviorwill determine how others will perceive our sport. For more information about how you can get involved to keep kiteboarding safe and legal in Sarasota Fl., visit Island style windsurfing at 954-1009
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