Number of kiters in the Bay Area

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Re: Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby kitenaked » Tue May 21, 2013 4:59 am

stompdit wrote:according to kitenaked, you only need to know how to swim.

There are a few skills Gatewood recommends a beginning kiteboarder possess before signing up for lessons. “If you can swim, that’s a good thing,” said Gatewood. “It’s a good skill to have. A person with a basic understanding of sailing will have an easier time than someone who has never sailed.”


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Advertising on groupon or local news media, what's the difference?



Maybe you need the ability to read as well as swim.....?
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby rvv » Tue May 21, 2013 7:03 am

schwede wrote:Considering KGB swag puts out 1000 lessons a year with Living Social and Groupons probably 5000. The word is on the street these days that anybody and your great grandma can learn to kiteboard with no athletic ability

Not true and again not true...quit all this f***ing hating, it's getting very old and extremely lame! UNITE AND KITE!
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby nckites » Tue May 21, 2013 7:57 am

Haha, funny as an instructor you feel a little like a hypocrit responding to this thread. But I've personaly watched the sport grow over the last 10 years. And seeing the it go from crazy to crazier, many go same spots getting over crowded with the theory of safety in numbers going down hill. Now I mostly kite where no one goes, its like the motorcycle rider theory "its not you its the other guy you gotta watch out for". I have no idea how many kiters, but I know some of the best ones were the ones I taught. Be safe have fun, and please drop the attitude, we don't need it! Peace out~
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby AJr » Tue May 21, 2013 8:41 am

And back on topic: There are 3423 members of this forum. I bet anyone with access to the webcam resources can get some stats on monthly unique visitors and such. Though at some locations these are used by windsurfers also, you could probably estimate population of active kiteboarders to within ~500 or so. My guess is that its around 2000-2500
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby androka » Tue May 21, 2013 9:02 am

I see around 10-25 kiters in the East Bay sites of Berkeley, Toll Plaza, Racetrack and Marina Bay. Using the hockey stick approach, a small number of kiters have the highest frequency of time on water, so maybe 4 - 5 times this many kiters are in East Bay, say 150 being generous. Add another 150 for Alameda, 300 for 3rd and 200 for Sherman. I'd give it 800 plus or minus 400
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby friggin old guy » Tue May 21, 2013 10:06 am

The word is on the street these days that anybody and your great grandma can learn to kiteboard with no athletic ability


Damn kids..........no respect
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby kitenaked » Tue May 21, 2013 8:04 pm

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Re: Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby kitenaked » Tue May 21, 2013 8:05 pm

androka wrote:I see around 10-25 kiters in the East Bay sites of Berkeley, Toll Plaza, Racetrack and Marina Bay. Using the hockey stick approach, a small number of kiters have the highest frequency of time on water, so maybe 4 - 5 times this many kiters are in East Bay, say 150 being generous. Add another 150 for Alameda, 300 for 3rd and 200 for Sherman. I'd give it 800 plus or minus 400



There was 1/2 a person in Benicia.
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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby Aloha » Tue May 21, 2013 8:20 pm

friggin old guy wrote:
The word is on the street these days that anybody and your great grandma can learn to kiteboard with no athletic ability


Damn kids..........no respect


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Re: Number of kiters in the Bay Area

Postby WindMuch » Tue May 21, 2013 10:39 pm

friggin old guy wrote:
The word is on the street these days that anybody and your great grandma can learn to kiteboard with no athletic ability


Damn kids..........no respect


Put your glasses (back) on John - it says "Grandma", not "Grandpa"!

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