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Kite-surfer knocks out swimmer’s teeth — why?

What a bunch of surf centered, surf selfish, narrow minded comments. I surf and I kite surf and these days I would much rather be kite surfing. Just like you, Kite Surfers have every right and should be able to enjoy the ocean just as much as you. I can think of quite a few things that can be done to allow everyone to enjoy the ocean. Which by the way, you don't own. As much as you think you do. Nothing bugs me more than a surfer who says "My Wave." In general you will find Kite surfers to be a much more amiable and laid back community open to ideas and feedback than many groups. Kiters, have an almost old school soul surfer kind of way about them in general. In stark contrast to todays increasingly more territorial surfer who often flashes dirty looks because you possibly have to share a wave with them later. But on to more constructive comments. So many possibilities it's endless. 1. There is a reason why beaches get black balled after a certain time for surfers during the summer, to protect swimmers. You surf in the surf zone. So why not have a kite entry and kite zone? The number of injuries I've seen occur from other surfers dropping in, throwing fists, getting hit in the white wash, or even just catching their own skeg far out weighs injuries caused by a kiter, but it wouldn't surprise me to see every chance taken to generalize and find a way to claim the "ocean" as your own. One bad surfer or one bad kiter can ruin it for everyone in the wrong situation. Zuma used to be like this because of one persons mistake. Fortunately over time the guards adjust the policy and now it's agian ok to kite the north end of Zuma. 2. I've seen places set times of day. This works well in that most of the time the wind comes up later so Kiting allowed after 1PM. Also usually this coincides with wind mushing up the surf and beach goers heading home. 3. What about kite zones and entry procedures. For example, kiters can enter and exit the surf zone at any time throug a specific area. That way if a kite drops, the only people worried about the lines are other kiters who know what to do, not surfers or swimmers. It doesn't have to be a big zone either. Entry and exit through surf zone while body dragging allowed. Kiting is permitted at all times 200 feet from shore (obviously use a good distance for a particular break that puts kiters beyond the break) and after 2PM may one may kite in the line up provided they observe right of way rules. Kiters should also be able to rip a wave if they want and should try and stick to right of way rules. In fact, kiters have "right of way rules," they learn them as part of kiting, and one of those rules is the rider on the wave has the right of way. 4. Kiters may kite in and out in order to get to the kite zone while maintaining control and safe speeds. 5. Intermediate or better kiters only.
— October 10, 2014 9:03 p.m.

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