Montrose 2013

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Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:47 am

The rules for 2013 remain unchanged for now.

If you are new or need a refresher, please visit the "where to ride" section of the main website here. It's back in the website not here in the message boards.

streamers- Adrien is distributing the streamers and coordinating distribution with Windward Board Shop.

The Supt. has requested that our good relationship with the dog people and bird people continue. Thanks for your cooperation. Avoid the dog beach and bird area.

Adrien and Paul are handling day to day operations at the beach. Please contact any of us if you have questions or comments.


From Our website:

1. Only PASA Level II (or similar IKO) kitesurfers may ride Montrose Beach.

2. You must have a city-issued kite streamer attached to your kite.

3. Safety Equipment must be used including an attached Kite Safety Leash.

4. 100 foot minimum Safety Zone from kite. Remain clear of people, piers etc.
(This means that when your kite goes down, it should be 100 feet from the shore, piers, people, etc)

5. Kiteboarding allowed upwind the swimming area only.
(This means 200+ feet upwind of the swim areas. See #4. The Dogs are people too!)

6. Teaching is not allowed at any time.
(We have permission to do limited certification days at Montrose!)

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The Park District Website:

Kiteboarding/Windsurfing Rules and Protocol
1. Only PASA Level II (Intermediate) or IKO Level 3‐L Certified Kiteboarders will be
allowed to kite at Montrose Beach. This prohibits teaching kiteboarding or flying
“traction” kites with students on Montrose Beach. All local Kiteboarders must
obtain a Kite Streamer which identifies them as certified. Visitors will be able to
exchange their certification cards for a day use streamer (subject to CPD
approval).
2. All Kiteboarders will follow generally accepted Kiteboarding Safety Practices
and use attached Kite Safety Leashes. (No grab handles) 100 Foot Safety Zone
from Occupied Beaches, Piers, and other Facilities while riding.
3. Kiteboarding allowed when bathing/swimming areas are closed due to high
wind and wave conditions.
4. Kiteboarding may be allowed by the Captain of the Guards at other times.
(Cool Weather, low beach attendance, etc)
STREAMER SYSTEM
Kiteboarders wishing to use Montrose Beach will obtain a kite streamer from
www.chicagokitesurfing.com or, if available, at the lifeguard house at Montrose.
The streamer will be flown from the kite or pigtail. The Streamer will identify the
Kiteboarder as a Certified Rider who meets the minimum certification standard
for Montrose Beach.
GOLD‐ Friends of the Beach. 5 Gold streamers were issued to Kiteboarders
willing to assist others in the use of Montrose Beach. They will also be available
to assist the Guards and answer their questions or concerns about Kiteboarding.
RED‐ IKO Certified and Insured Kiteboarder. Certified to IKO Level 3‐L or better.
BLUE‐ PASA or IKO Certified as has always been required. PASA Level II or IKO
Level 3‐L.
IMPORTANT NOTE: WINDSURFERS WISHING TO ACCESS THE LAKE MICHIGAN WATER
TRAIL MAY DO SO AT ANY TIME. PLEASE SEE “LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TRAIL (PADDLE
SPORTS)” ON THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING INFORMATION
AND SAFETY FOR THE LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TRAIL.
It is important that you follow these general guidelines while kiteboarding/windsurfing:
Kiteboarding and windsurfing require strong swimming abilities, training, and common
sense. Don’t forget that you could be seriously injured or killed after hitting any surface
(including water and sand) while participating on this sport. So before you launch, look
into the distance for potential problems before it’s too late. Never go airborne near
shallow water or near fixed or floating objects because it is dangerous. Once you get
into the air it will be difficult to control exactly where you go, and strong winds can
always force you into a direction that you did not anticipate.
First, to help maximize safety you should always check the weather forecast, color
radar, real‐time wind reports on‐line for storms and excessively gusty winds, wind
direction changes and lightning hazards because all of these can mean big trouble if they
happen while you’re airborne. Do not kiteboard or windsurf when storms are
approaching. Remember that storm fronts are very dangerous because they are often
preceded by strong, variable wind gusts and lightening. If you feel a static shock from
the kite bar, you must land the kite immediately and seek shelter (don’t forget that you
can get electrocuted).
Second, kite surfing must be done in wide‐open areas. Never kite surf in crowded areas,
near rocks, trees, or power lines. In general there should be a minimum of 100 yards of
safe distance from all hazards.
Finally, using the right gear is essential for safe kite surfing. Helmets and impact vests
save lives. You should also wear appropriate exposure clothing for conditions because
you could become disabled and be stuck there for a while. Never remove or disable
factory‐installed safety equipment or releases – it’s there for a reason. Read all
instructions and warnings that accompanies your gear. Using too large a kite for the
wind conditions or your experience level is extremely dangerous, so underpowered
riding is preferable to overpowered riding. When in doubt, go to a smaller kite and see
how it goes. Always stay within the wind range specified by the manufacturer for the
kite. Carry a safety knife attached to the harness for cutting tangled lines. This could
save your life if you become disabled in Lake Michigan.
And remember that most accidents happen when landing or launching, so keep your
eyes open and stay alert!
SEE MORE INFORMATION AT
http://www.chicagokitesurfing.com
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:51 am

It looks like we will be sharing the beach with Kayak Chicago or some other rental company. You probably noticed their shack on the beach.

This will lead to a couple of new issues. Expect increased outside "observation" of us following the rules. Expect more people sharing our launch area. Expect parking to be more difficult.

I am contacting the city to establish the fact that we moved from the far end of the beach to accommodate the Hobies, Jetskis, Kayaks, SUPs etc.

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:06 am

I had the annual meet and great with the Guards yesterday. We have an experienced beach Capt who's been with us in the past and is onboard with having a safe fun summer.

He asked that we all have the streamers up, which makes their job much easier. Also, please don't fly your kites over the lifeguards.

So it's pretty simple... put on a streamer, launch and head way out into the open water away from the beach, have fun. Avoid the beach, pier, other users like kayaks and sups, and avoid the dog beach! When you're done, come way into shore land your kite.


If dogs are racing back and forth under your kite.....
If people, including lifeguards are looking straight up or behind them at your kite....
If the Fisherman are waving their fist at you...
If you are having to raise your kite to avoid hitting the Lifeguard Chairs.................. YOU ARE TOO CLOSE TO SHORE!


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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:12 am

I met the owner of the new beach shack. Welcome to Chicago Surf.... They will be doing SUP AND Surf lessons from the shack. As of now, there's no plans for rentals, just lessons. These are new guys and not the same owners as the rentals down by the bird fence.

Also, I met with the Mondog coordinator. He asked if we had any issues, I told that we did not have anything serious. The occasional mad dog was bout all. I did emphasize that we appreciated a poop free rigging area up in the grass. He was very understanding and will continue to emphasize that owners need to pick up their pooch poop.


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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby nG » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:58 pm

When is the next day to get certified?

"Visitors will be able to exchange their certification cards for a day use streamer (subject to CPD approval)."

- How is this exchange happen? Is this per single session or per season?
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby Bryce FLK » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:29 pm

Amanda should update everyone when she plans on doing a certification day. I am guessing it will come up in the next week or two. Her forum name is LikeToKite. Check this

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11805

Once you get an IKO or PASA card, go to Windward Sports on Clark street. They take a photo copy of your certification and give you a streamer. As far as I know, you don't have to give it back.
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:20 pm

the Guest Streamer Program hasn't been used in over a year. I am not sure it was ever used.

The Guards had 5 streamers, which they lost, for 3 seasons.

The idea is you go down to the guard shack, leave your certification card, they geve you a streamer to use for the day.

When you're done, you trade the streamer back for your card.

Should we put a few "GUEST" streamers down there again? IF so, we have to remember to rescue them at the end of the season.

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:23 pm

Visitors.... so it's per session.

If you're with us all season, just forllow the procedure Bryce mentions and get a streamer that's all yours!.

We have always kept the streamer program and access to the beach FREE. Several people have donated a few bucks over the years to help with the costs.

The original plan was for us to always leave our cards in the guard house every time we went out to kite. We came up with the streamer program to eliminate the stop at the lifeguard office and it helps them bu being able to look out, see the streamers, and know you're ok.

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:35 pm

Today 6/13 The Capt of the Montrose Guards did a Streamer / Certification check.

I'm happy to report that little was required of him. All 6 riders had streamers.

One rider had to pull it out of his pocket.....but he did produce it!

Thanks for the continued compliance. It makes my job easier and builds credibility with the Park District. It also makes the guards job easier.

No Streamer, No card.... No Kite.
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Last week I met with my counterpart... the guy who handles the dog beach / mondog.org. He was told that there would be no extension of the dog fence to the new waterline.

Today, we arrived to find a new fence that goes all the way into the water. Welcome to chicago and the Park District!

Please use caution when riding. The fence goes into the water and has kite-magnets in it.

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:34 am

Caution:

When walking your inflated kite to and from the grass and beach, you will need to stay upwind of the Chicago Surf shack. The shack has an aluminium roof with very sharp edges. The owner mentioned that he would put some edging on it. It could easily cut a kite or pop a bladder. The Dog fence is now shoveled out and also has pointy bits waiting to eat your kite.

Watch your wingtips!

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby tog0713 » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:32 pm

Hi Mike,

Am coming to Chicago in August and hope to see you at M. Am wondering if the old streamers you hand made some years ago still work for the guards??

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:46 pm

Were those the Papyrus ones that you Moses and I used Kitesurfing on the Nile?

The old streamers are still good!

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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby skysurfr » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:05 pm

As a reminder NOBODY can vouch for you nor can they give you permission to ride uncertified at Montrose.

Streamer and Certified.... You're good to ride.
No streamer...show your card and beg forgiveness.
No streamer No Card...No Kite. No exceptions.

Expect more enforcement from the Park District.
If you are ignoring the rules expect to be questioned by the guards and other riders.
Continued abuse of the system and the Lifeguards consideration will lead to individual expulsion or a total beach closure.
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby MIXWELL » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:48 pm

I was level II certified through PASA back in 2007.

What would I need to do become current? Pay a fee? Take a test?
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Re: Montrose 2013

Postby adseguy » Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:20 pm

If you can recover your card you got in 2007 or prove that you are certified then all you need to do is show that to them and get a streamer at "Windward Boardshop" for free. If you are just using it temporarily it would be nice if you return it back to the shop ortherwise feel free to keep it.
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