windstoked wrote:etxxz wrote:just because you were there this weekend and freaked out doesnt mean the place needs to be expanded.
I wasn't specifically addressing the crowds at Sherman, I was addressing a site that breaks all the rules of an ideal launch. My concern is that if it isn't improved, it could lead to closure to kiters. It's a dangerous launch, even if only a dozen kiters are there.
Keeping it dangerous to try to discourage beginners from crowding it up seems misguided.
I could make it way safer in a few weekends with a chainsaw, bushhog, roundup and used carpeting if they'd let me. Open up the shoreline going up the left from the launch cove so there would be a side-shore launch, clear a couple acres of brush adjoining that for rigging/kite launch, and cover the bank with carpet to prevent erosion and make ingress/egress safer. Close the current launch cove to swimmers/fishermen, and you'd have a site that fit the ideal launch guidelines.
Leave it just like it is. Discouraging beginners is exactly what needs to happen. People get hurt here every year because the area is remote and it is always going to be on-shore wind. If the launch seems too sketchy to you, then you are one of those beginners that needs some skill sharpening before you return.
Not to be a buzzkill, but the entire world cannot be idiot proofed or made wheelchair accessible.