This at least seems to be the consensus among those who don't have certs and streamers, or even the ability we have promised the park district we'd have, but come to Montrose to kite anyway. I've already run in to a few and I've only been to Montrose twice so far since the guard chairs have been removed, not 2 weeks ago. Actually, I find that it's not really ignorance. Funny how every single person like this that I have approached who starts off sorta playing dumb, when you look 'em in the eye and ask them if they are familiar with the rules, admit they know all about them. Or, if you assume they don't know the rules and you start the lecture, they say; "yeah, yeah, yeah... I know all about the rules." But I guess we all have a right to use the beach, right.... ??? ......
You know what though, today was an awesome day at Montrose. It had some holes at times but it was awesome because, it was really blowin', was fairly clean between waves and not as washing machine as it can get there and the water is still warm. I felt like I was riding somewhere else! Welcome to Fall! Most everybody out there was riding safely and invoking much common sense. It was generally a great day!
And I'd like to welcome John, our newest Montrose rider who was out there today because "he lived in Cancun for a couple years and kited there". John, I saw you out in the water struggling a bit but not to worry, we've all been there. You're a great guy and I enjoyed chatting with you but you really have to be more careful so you don't hurt that blue & white... Fuel?. I'm so glad you didn't get hurt while that kite was bouncing around in the middle of the beach this eve after you left the water. I caught that out of the corner of my eye while riding. You looked like you had it under control as you brought the kite down but I figured I'd better come to shore when I saw it relaunch and send back and forth through the window a couple times, dragging and summersaulting you through the sand. I'm so glad that older man who was passing by didn't get hurt when he tried to do something as you yelled out for his help. I guess he didn't understand your explanation of what a leading edge was with your mouth full of sand. Good thing I didn't take the time to land my kite and made it close enough to you before that man started to walk over your lines and grab the bar from you. I think it really took the both of us yelling "NOOOOOO!!!" at the same time for him to immediately stop and step back. He did look a little frustrated though as he was only trying to help after your pleas. Hopefully after he stomped off, he realized we both may have saved his and your life. That rock wall was only getting closer. And John, I really must say you put a scare in to me when after I asked you if you had a leash on that kite, you conformed you did, then asked you to pull the release and you asked me; "what is that?". I know you were in a moment there and your mind was racing but man, you really have to know that stuff well enough to just react without thinking in situations like this. Anyway, I am glad we were able to get your kite down safely, all while the sand was blowin' and an 11 meter was pulling on me. I know you said you are experienced and just haven't kited in a while but I could tell by the look on your face that you probably won't heed my advice to take a refresher course. I do hope you will reconsider though. It's really for your own good and the safety of the people around you. That and the rest of us kiters really have a deep interest in keeping our Montrose kiting privileges in tact. I'm sure you will agree, once you are a safe, proficient kiter, that all this effort to self police is justified and well worth it. Montrose sure is a convenient spot for city dwellers. But EVERY SINGLE PERSON who learned to kite after the kiteboarding ban at all our city beaches made efforts, and sometimes sacrifices, to drive off somewhere else to practice. Many even spent a lot of time researching and learning before even touching a kite. Oh and... it doesn't matter if you had an IKO card but someone stole it. You have to take the time and spend the money to get re-certified. EVERYONE ELSE who kites according to the rules at Montrose has a card with them and took the time to obtain a FREE streamer sewn up, by hand, by the graces & toils of a couple volunteers. I mentioned Waukegan to you today but there are a slew of other, much safer and better than Montrose kite spots all around our coast. I hope you will join us! We have a real friendly kiting community here. But before you take that kite out again, have a good look at that gear you're using. I didn't look at your bar but if it in fact does not have a safety system, it's time to save up and invest in a modern bar system. Your life depends on it! John, as I've said, we have ALL struggled while learning to kite. Just don't do it at Montrose.
Guys, I wasn't there with a fucking clip board, taking a poll, but I happened to notice 4 kites without streamers today. That is about a third the kites there. I know it's a big pain in the ass... I realized I frigging left mine in the car after rigging today so I had to make a special trip ALLL the way back up to the car to get it. The fact of the matter is, if we don't have streamers-a-flying.... even in the "off season", then people who aren't proficient enough to ride Montrose safely think it's ok. I have literally had a newbie, who said someone told him it was ok to come there and dropped a name of someone we all know, challenge me on that after I shut him down right as a kite without a streamer passed.