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Old 08-27-2004, 11:14 PM
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Smathers Beach Launch
Key West, FL
Monroe County
Florida Keys

SMATHERS BEACH KITEBOARDING RULES

ALL PEOPLE WANTING TO KITE HERE MUST BE OF INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HAVE UNDERGONE COMPETENT INSTRUCTION

1 All kites MUST have a SAFETY SYSTEM (a reliable kite leash).
2 Kites are to be launched towards the water, not the road
3 Kites are to be kept over the water when standing or walking on the beach
4 NEVER PUT YOUR KITE OVER THE POWERLINES
5 Stay out of the swimming areas
6 Do not land kite on the beach near people, land kite in the water or to someone experienced in catching kites away from other people on the beach
7 Keep a safe distance from other kiteboarders
8 Keep the launch area open and clear for other riders
9 Make sure your lines re wound up and your kite has sand or weights on it while it is on the beach
10 NO BEACH JUMPING
11 Don't hog the inside section, ride out past the poles and back in, in large "loops", or head out away from the beach to ride
12 BEGINNERS NOT CAPABLE OF STAYING UPWIND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LAUNCH OR RIDE WHEN THE WIND IS ONSHORE
13 Have RESPECT and CONSIDERATION for other riders
14 No jumping upwind of other kiters, swimmers or objects
15 Beginners are required to prove that they have taken a lesson and are capable of launching and riding in a safe manner
16 TALK TO , AND LISTEN TO THE LOCALS, it is "their" BEACH,and they will help you where possible

FAILURE TO OBEY AND COMPLY WITH THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN A FINE AND / OR YOU BEING BANNED FROM KITING AT SMATHERS BEACH

Smathers beach can be ridden in East ,South East ,South, South West and West winds.For more info call (305) 923 9618
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Old 08-27-2004, 11:14 PM
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Smathers Beach Launch
Key West, FL
Monroe County
Florida Keys

SMATHERS BEACH KITEBOARDING RULES

ALL PEOPLE WANTING TO KITE HERE MUST BE OF INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HAVE UNDERGONE COMPETENT INSTRUCTION

1 All kites MUST have a SAFETY SYSTEM (a reliable kite leash).
2 Kites are to be launched towards the water, not the road
3 Kites are to be kept over the water when standing or walking on the beach
4 NEVER PUT YOUR KITE OVER THE POWERLINES
5 Stay out of the swimming areas
6 Do not land kite on the beach near people, land kite in the water or to someone experienced in catching kites away from other people on the beach
7 Keep a safe distance from other kiteboarders
8 Keep the launch area open and clear for other riders
9 Make sure your lines re wound up and your kite has sand or weights on it while it is on the beach
10 NO BEACH JUMPING
11 Don't hog the inside section, ride out past the poles and back in, in large "loops", or head out away from the beach to ride
12 BEGINNERS NOT CAPABLE OF STAYING UPWIND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LAUNCH OR RIDE WHEN THE WIND IS ONSHORE
13 Have RESPECT and CONSIDERATION for other riders
14 No jumping upwind of other kiters, swimmers or objects
15 Beginners are required to prove that they have taken a lesson and are capable of launching and riding in a safe manner
16 TALK TO , AND LISTEN TO THE LOCALS, it is "their" BEACH,and they will help you where possible

FAILURE TO OBEY AND COMPLY WITH THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN A FINE AND / OR YOU BEING BANNED FROM KITING AT SMATHERS BEACH

Smathers beach can be ridden in East ,South East ,South, South West and West winds.For more info call (305) 923 9618
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Old 09-02-2004, 07:17 PM
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Hello Ricky,I have just read the post re. kiteboarding in Key West and need to let you know that the info posted is totaly wrong.Check in at tropical watersports is not required,as far as all of the locals know ,no one at tropical watersports can even,or does kite except Adriaan who started this year and has been away in hood river for the last few months. Thus no one even knows how to launch a kite never mind give advice on the safety aspects of the sport. I have nothing against Tropical watersports,but we do not allow anyone to kit in front of their setup and nor do any of us kite there. The reasons for this are that they are right in the middle of Smathers beach where there are lots of bathers,a volleyball net and the powerlines, as well as generally crowded beach conditions.All kiting is done at the Eastern end of Smathers,where the powerlines stop.If anyone wants to kite here they are welcome, however kiters must be of intermediate level, or have done instruction through a qualified person or school. Beginners are not allowed to kite in onshore conditions due to the obvious danger from the powerlines and other obstructions.North East winds are also no good for kiting as this is side ofshore and the wind comes over the airport and is very "dirty" making it very difficult to launch and ride. Anyone needing more info on Key West is more than welcome to call me at 305 923 9618,and I will be happy to help them and introduce them to the other kiters down here. Greg.
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Old 09-02-2004, 07:17 PM
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Hello Ricky,I have just read the post re. kiteboarding in Key West and need to let you know that the info posted is totaly wrong.Check in at tropical watersports is not required,as far as all of the locals know ,no one at tropical watersports can even,or does kite except Adriaan who started this year and has been away in hood river for the last few months. Thus no one even knows how to launch a kite never mind give advice on the safety aspects of the sport. I have nothing against Tropical watersports,but we do not allow anyone to kit in front of their setup and nor do any of us kite there. The reasons for this are that they are right in the middle of Smathers beach where there are lots of bathers,a volleyball net and the powerlines, as well as generally crowded beach conditions.All kiting is done at the Eastern end of Smathers,where the powerlines stop.If anyone wants to kite here they are welcome, however kiters must be of intermediate level, or have done instruction through a qualified person or school. Beginners are not allowed to kite in onshore conditions due to the obvious danger from the powerlines and other obstructions.North East winds are also no good for kiting as this is side ofshore and the wind comes over the airport and is very "dirty" making it very difficult to launch and ride. Anyone needing more info on Key West is more than welcome to call me at 305 923 9618,and I will be happy to help them and introduce them to the other kiters down here. Greg.
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Old 09-03-2004, 10:44 AM
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Hello Greg,

Thanks for the updates. The original posting contained guidelines prepared by Paul Menta to try to avoid access problems down there. Since it is out of date, I just deleted it. I wasn't aware that things had changed that dramatically since Paul prepared them but obviously they have. It would be great if you could write up a list of several points that local riders observe at Smathers. They can become the new guidelines.

Say something like:

1. Launch is for intermediate or stronger kiteboarders and NOT for new kiters that have not had lessons.

2. Kite leashes must be used.

3. Launch is located at the east end of Smathers Beach.

4. Useable winds are east of northeast (NE is side offshore and unstable) to west.

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Hello Greg,

Thanks for the updates. The original posting contained guidelines prepared by Paul Menta to try to avoid access problems down there. Since it is out of date, I just deleted it. I wasn't aware that things had changed that dramatically since Paul prepared them but obviously they have. It would be great if you could write up a list of several points that local riders observe at Smathers. They can become the new guidelines.

Say something like:

1. Launch is for intermediate or stronger kiteboarders and NOT for new kiters that have not had lessons.

2. Kite leashes must be used.

3. Launch is located at the east end of Smathers Beach.

4. Useable winds are east of northeast (NE is side offshore and unstable) to west.

5...


Thanks again!
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Old 09-03-2004, 09:08 PM
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SMATHERS BEACH KITEBOARDING RULES

ALL PEOPLE WANTING TO KITE HERE MUST BE OF INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HAVE UNDERGONE COMPETENT INSTRUCTION

1 All kites MUST have a SAFETY SYSTEM
2 Kites are to be launched towards the water, not the road
3 Kites are to be kept over the water when standing or walking on the beach
4 NEVER PUT YOUR KITE OVER THE POWERLINES
5 Stay out of the swimming areas
6 Do not land kite on the beach near people, land kite in the water or to someone experienced in catching kites away from other people on the beach
7 Keep a safe distance from other kiteboarders
8 Keep the launch area open and clear for other riders
9 Make sure your lines re wound up and your kite has sand or weights on it while it is on the beach
10 NO BEACH JUMPING
11 Don,t hog the inside section, ride out past the poles and back in,in large "loops",or head out away from the beach to ride
12 BEGINNERS NOT CAPABLE OF STAYING UPWIND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LAUNCH OR RIDE WHEN THE WIND IS ONSHORE
13 Have RESPECT and CONSIDERATION for other riders
14 No jumping upwind of other kiters, swimmers or objects
15 Beginners are required to prove that they have taken a lesson and are capable of launching and riding in a safe manner
16 TALK TO , AND LISTEN TO THE LOCALS, it is "their" BEACH,and they will help you where possible

FAILURE TO OBEY AND COMPLY WITH THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN A FINE AND / OR YOU BEING BANNED FROM KITING AT SMATHERS BEACH

Smathers beach can be ridden in East ,South East ,South, South West and West winds.For more info call (305) 923 9618
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SMATHERS BEACH KITEBOARDING RULES

ALL PEOPLE WANTING TO KITE HERE MUST BE OF INTERMEDIATE LEVEL OR HAVE UNDERGONE COMPETENT INSTRUCTION

1 All kites MUST have a SAFETY SYSTEM
2 Kites are to be launched towards the water, not the road
3 Kites are to be kept over the water when standing or walking on the beach
4 NEVER PUT YOUR KITE OVER THE POWERLINES
5 Stay out of the swimming areas
6 Do not land kite on the beach near people, land kite in the water or to someone experienced in catching kites away from other people on the beach
7 Keep a safe distance from other kiteboarders
8 Keep the launch area open and clear for other riders
9 Make sure your lines re wound up and your kite has sand or weights on it while it is on the beach
10 NO BEACH JUMPING
11 Don,t hog the inside section, ride out past the poles and back in,in large "loops",or head out away from the beach to ride
12 BEGINNERS NOT CAPABLE OF STAYING UPWIND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LAUNCH OR RIDE WHEN THE WIND IS ONSHORE
13 Have RESPECT and CONSIDERATION for other riders
14 No jumping upwind of other kiters, swimmers or objects
15 Beginners are required to prove that they have taken a lesson and are capable of launching and riding in a safe manner
16 TALK TO , AND LISTEN TO THE LOCALS, it is "their" BEACH,and they will help you where possible

FAILURE TO OBEY AND COMPLY WITH THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN A FINE AND / OR YOU BEING BANNED FROM KITING AT SMATHERS BEACH

Smathers beach can be ridden in East ,South East ,South, South West and West winds.For more info call (305) 923 9618
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:28 AM
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