Another uncertified (no streamer) rider showed up later with a Cabrinha Switchblade (white/green trim) and I'm wondering if it was the same guy at the bird fence who walked back and rekited. Yow were all dressed for winter riding, already a dead giveaway - hoodie, gloves, booties - sunglasses and a GOATIE.
I shot downwind to him twice yelling at him for being too close to the beach and to get out of the water because of no streamer. He of course disregarded me and headed out farther upwind where he stayed. Staying upwind does not make it acceptable to ride with out a streamer. Frankly, you didn't appear a steady and solid enough rider to ride Montrose anyway. If seen again you/he will be flanked on the upwind side and F16'd to shore. The same should be done from now on for any rider seen without a streamer until he can explain himself.
This past weekend illustrated that regardless of the Rules, Notice to every one about active enforcement and Opportunity to comply, some riders either won't listen or don't care. On Sunday the Captain of the Lifeguards came all the way to us from the guardhouse complaining of the uncertified rider who rode straight through the beachers along the shore and had ot walk back. This is the same rider many of us know was told told by kiters on Saturday not to ride close to shore and to get a streamer. He will likely never get certified now.
Montrose is all about current, waves and chop, all of which wants to push you straight into the forbidden zone...
If you don't have the right gear to ride Montrose, then DON'T.
If you are not experienced enough to choose the right gear to ride Montrose, then DON'T.
If you can't ride the right gear to ride Montrose, then DON'T.
If you think you you're okay with the above 3 DONT'S, and on a typical North wind can't head straight out to the yellow buoy toward the hook, then you're not as good as you think. Turn around back to shore before its too late.
It is obvious that both self enforcement and other riders attempts to enforce, even at this point where we're under a microscope, isn't enough. The lifeguards will act on their own now as they did this weekend. Mike and I have have informed the guards to enforce as they deem appropriate, including pulling streamers.
I had to reprimand at least one person each day Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Its aggravating and cuts into my own session. I may carry a knife myself from now on - but it will be to let someone suffer the humiliation of having their streamer cut off. Think metaphors.