West, being accurate is only useful to a point given the format of the map. When the information is overwhelming it ceases to be effective, this is not an atlas of kiting sites. This is merely a reference of POSSIBLE spots that have been and are being used by kiters all over the Great Lakes Area. It is to be a supplement to the collective wisdom of the forum as I see it. It is not a "be all and end all" map that provides every detail concerning each site.
Look guys, the "Where to Ride" section of the main page is nearly USELESS. I'd appreciate help in making it better instead of debating the effectiveness of the map. This has been a perpetual problem with this forum. We never get anything done because nobody accepts the onus of the work and it never progresses because we're stuck in the past, tied to this idea of "this is how it's always been". I've assumed that responsibility and supplied info based on what I've been able to crowdsource and compile from all over the internet and I've been continuing to update everything based on my experience and the information supplied to me. I can't continue to update spots if nobody sends me information, which would, by the way, make things safer. I've included warnings on the map, and I'm pretty sure I've made things pretty clear as far as what to do to be safe. The kites themselves usually have warnings on them concerning safety, but people still do stupid stuff. Do you really expect further warnings of safety to be magically more effective?
Concerning a more "complete and detailed" map, if someone wants to go ahead and make a google page with paragraphs of details for each spot, I wouldn't complain, but it's certainly not going to be me doing it... for free at least
There will always be stupid people, but there are also many beginners who just have no idea where to go and thus never get to kite. Again, the attitude on this forum is not friendly to beginners, so they hesitate to ask questions. The approach that if they really
want to they'll stick with it and inquire further isn't an attitude I think we should collectively have on the forum. There are people who aren't kiting because they simply don't know of locations to go to. I was in that boat for far too long, and I could have progressed MUCH faster if I had known of spots nearby. I had to discover all the water sites in Iowa and all the landkiting spots, because nobody decided to put in any effort to document and then share the sites. I decided to continue to kite despite that, but I know many others would have given up. Why make it difficult for capable kiters to get out? Why make it harder for people to meet kiters on the beach if they're interested? Worst case scenario, you catch someone being an idiot and give them your trainer to use. I almost always bring mine with me for that purpose or light wind.
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