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ever since that guy committed suicide last year the fire dept has been training to rescue via boat. That's great but since a good percentage of the alameda kiters are just learning, the sirens have been going off constantly here! I'm pretty sure there is 1 old lady calling most of these in as they are almost all false alrams. I just counted 16 firemen and police standing on the beach. It really frustrates me to see all that tax dollar go toward some old lady calling in a self rescue or a kite resting on the water. As you cant ask the fire dept to not call, and this old lady clearly has nothing better to do with her time, I think the only answer is to just STOP KITING SO FAR DOWN THE BEACH. If you are reading this and learning, get off the water about a mile up, roll your kite up and start walking. it's not fair to everyone else that your lack of skills costs the city so much money. This guy thats floating out there now is basically in the bird sanctuary. he should never have got that far down to begin with. Something has to change here.
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IMHO have the SFBA liason with the FD and follow up on who is calling.
Also suggest you have volunter site stewards taking turns briefing people on the conditions and protocals for this location.
We just had this at Crissy a few days ago, a kiter lost his board and body dragged in safe but someone called 911 from the promenade it was a huge emergency responce...a total drag.
Today someone squeaked past me during the kite races today at crissy having never sailed there before and could not stay up wind and was kooking it real bad...I was able to get a race support boat on him or he would have needed the CG.
We all need to step it up looking after sailors new to a location, etc. Sometimes this means telling them to not go out for the given weather/tide conditions.
Jeff in follow-up to your post I have noticed that the increase in % of riders on raceboards at Crissy is creating a false positive "it's ride-able" signal for a lot of the kiters who are not regulars at the spot that may be showing up.
People coming to Crissy must note that just because there may be a ton of kites on the water it doesn't necessarily mean the conditions are as straightforward as they look. Please ask the locals for tide/current/condition advice before you head out, bring your radio & be safe out there you are a very tiny vessel on a very big freeway! :]
The locals hang out in the peanut gallery - all kidding aside, when I am at a new spot, I just simply start talking to the kiters on the beach.
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In the case of crissy, if somebody is coming back to shore without swimming when the inside is glassy, then talk to him/her.
But like kitedancer said, just ask nicely to a bunch of different people and then wait a little and observe.
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Was there a red and white kite dangling on the post yesterday for a while in Hamid a. By the safe and legal launch zone?
thought I saw something but I m not sure. Wonder if anyone else have seen it. Maybe thats why the called the cops?
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