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Alameda launch update...
I spoke with the Park. The bush in the parking lot will be removed within a few weeks. That will give us more room to stack kites upwind. The park does not want to replant the bush by the bench because of safety issues along the path (think easy hinding place for muggers).
However, they will consider potentially moving the bench during the season.
They have offered to make more types of signs. Perhaps we should get one that we put out by the launch area that reminds kiters to body drag out 200 yards before attempting to body drag or get on the board...then have a bouy (sp?) out in the water to designate the spot (as someone else has suggested)?
Other ideas? Help?
-Rebecca - Boardsports Shack
Good thinking. Thanks.
More ideas folks???
See my last posting under the "beach stewards" heading. I have lots of areas I could use help with and other or get better ideas.
Thanks in advance for everyone's help/ideas,
-Rebecca - Boardsports Shack
200 yards? Isn't that little excessive? How about two line lengths, more like 60 yards.
The problem that I have seen is on the weekends when the place is packed with kites and people. During weekdays the beach is mostly empty, and the number of kites is reasonable. In those days you can cruise out straight from the beach and its not really a problem if you know how to do that.
How about a compressor ! Had it on a beach a few weeks ago and it was great. I am sure that we can put money together to make it happen if you allow it in your booth. Just add a watch which limits to work during the day only. And probably and outlet through the wall.
Buoys are a really good idea.
But mostly we need more brain! Can you get more of that please .... signs are going in this direction.
Hmm. We'll we tried the compressor. The problem is that they make too much noise and I have to run a business out of the shack. We did try a large compressor that LMG brought over. It was quieter, but it had the potential to compress oil and water into the kite... you've got to be careful about your compressors...besides, don't you want a little exercise??
In terms of brains, please order some. I'll keep them on ice in the shack and will hand them out for free to anyone who will take them...or force them on those not bright enough to know they need them.
I'll keep working on the signs.
I had someone approach me today saying that they would be willing to volunteer for 4 saturdays a season to do "kite patrol." Anyone else interested in volunteering time?
-Rebecca -Boardsports Shack
Something else that fits into Alameda Site Improvement --
I'm making an effort to pick up trash I come across in the launch area. If everyone picked up a few pieces of trash per session, it would help improve the site! Worse spot seems to be the can near the bush -- when it gets full the overflow ends up in and around the bush (or scattering down the beach.)
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