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Old 02-19-2008, 09:58 PM
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Default Want to kite Smathers Beach, Key West - READ THIS

Greg, Paul Menta and the guys came up with some ideas to preserve kiting at Smathers Beach in Key West years ago. The latest version appears below:

SMATHERS BEACH KITEBOARDING RULES

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

1 All kites MUST have a SAFETY SYSTEM (i.e. kite leash)
2 Kites are to be launched towards the water, not the road AFTER careful preflighting for tangles, etc..
3 Kites are to be kept over the water when standing or walking on the beach to avoid stalling and crashing.
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, do not stand kite up blocking things.
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 or from SE to S to SW.
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) 407 6748
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Last edited by RickI; 02-20-2008 at 11:08 AM.
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