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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. If you feel like your kite is a little too stally, double check that your bar is tuned correctly. Front lines stretch a lot under load and when they do the kite won't fly correctly...there are some great youtube videos about this and some brands include easy adjusters to tune line length. If you purchased used gear this is even more important. Light wind kiting requires all your gear to be totally dialed in so it behaves properly.
  2. The problem with sailing is that it's really hard to get kids into the sport given the costs associated with it. Even really good community sailing programs charge more than youth soccer or even a gear-intensive sport like hockey. I think kiting has the potential to change that for sailing. All you need is a safe access-point on a beach and about $1200 of gear. Getting a young kid into kiting is not expensive if you know what you're looking for and have a program in mind for how you're going to teach them; clubs that lease kid-friendly intro gear on a contract basis with manufacturers would be a great starting point. You could have "sailors" kiting all around the world for less than the entry price of a sunfish, only they'd have access to a multitude of disciplines and formats to prevent the kind of burnout or stagnation that I saw happen to a lot of my peers during college sailing. Kiting is surfing, flying, foiling, skiing, racing, jumping, boarding, karting, SUPing, etc. But everyone these days starts with an inflatable and a twin tip, that's entry level learning equipment. I know it takes a good stiff breeze to compete on a twin tip, but it's easy and it's a 6-continent discipline. These international organizations are not providing an example for how we can get young people into the sport; there was a leaked Neil Pryde YOG2018 gear presentation that did a really good job showing how affordable this sport can be. If organizing bodies don't focus on that side of the sport, then none of this matters. The 20 and 30 something guys like myself that can afford whatever gear they want don't need to be "managed" by an international body. On the east coast of the US there has been a huge amount of effort from some really talented and dedicated people to help put together a series of events that work just fine without any mention of the IKA: San Juan Foil Cup - https://www.facebook.com/events/708362145932160/permalink/729621520472889/ Charleston F2B Race - Slalom, Course, and Distance Racing April 8/9/10 www.fort2battery.com 2 locally organized races in Tampa in cooperation with some local brands and college coaches who donate their time Shelter Island YC hosts a foil race in the summer Greenhat Kiteboarding will likely host a race this summer in NJ Martha's Vineyard had foiling last year, access may be an issue in 2016 but they ran a successful event in 2015 nevertheless If an international governing body wanted to do something to help, they'd draw up a white paper about developing a grass roots youth program then corral all the manufacturers together to crate sponsorship programs for those movements to reduce their cost of entry. They'd be responsible for 2 or 3 big pro events per year they could call "Worlds" to demonstrate what our sport can do, but that would be about it. This a young sport that should focus on growth, not olympic medals (yet). As far as the whole VKWC freestyle thing is concerned, let it be it's own thing. There isn't some coalition of Olympic cyclists trying to legislate how the X-Games runs BMX vert competition...why should foilboarders and freestyle kiters be any different?
  3. Step 1: Buy a trainer power kite (1.5 to 3 square meters) and learn how to fly it. Practice simulated water starts/power strokes on land to learn how the kite creates power/apparent wind. Get REALLY good at flying this kite so that there's no doubt you can control a powered up kite once you move to a full sized version (approximately 10-15 hours of practice minimum) Step 2: Find a nearby shop that provides professional lessons with jet-ski assist. When you get up and riding during your first few sessions you'll be unable to stay upwind, so having a jet ski to chase you down eliminates the walk of shame and allows you to focus on coordinating your kite skills with board skills. This sport is NOT something you can learn on your own, and unless you know a pro or have an instructor as a friend, I would not try to learn from a recreational kiter; having a professional instructor will help flatten the learning curve significantly. This is often a multi-day process. Step 3: After you have learned how to get out and become a "self sufficient kiter" you should focus on a few core skills before trying to foil. Here's what I could do when I first grabbed a foil board: -Ride upwind easily on both tacks -Ride a strapless directional board that requires tacks/gybes to change direction -Downloop the kite during changes of direction (https://youtu.be/FIY1214jp6I) -Know how to body drag EXPERTLY in low wind...this is the most important skill for foiling because you will be going out in much lighter wind on a foil board than with a twin tip kiteboard or surf board -Use the kite to jump and be able to land safely with power in the kite. This takes about 6 months from the day you first grab a power kite, so it's not an expert level skill. All said and done, I had about 18 months of kiteboarding under my belt when I first grabbed a foilboard. I learned on a Taaroa Sword 2 which is a high-end carbon fiber race foil. The biggest difference in this foil versus a free-ride or beginner foil is that it wants to go SUPER fast once you're out of the water and flying the foil. This means you're learning how to control the board at way higher speeds than if you buy a beginner or freeride foil. The crashes are harder and faster, but overall it's not really a different skill, it's just a different speed range to get the foil lifting you off the water. All said and done, as an intermediate kiter it took me about 10 hours of practice with the foil before I was up and riding easily in both directions for full-length rides, i.e. not crashing unintentionally. The feeling of accelerating when the foil engages is unlike anything I've ever felt, and I used to fly jets for the US Navy. It's absolutely insane. I've never done heroin, but given what I've been told, I think foilboarding is probably more addictive.
  4. http://internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/the-class/news-channels/22117-ika-terminates-agreement-with-pkra-with-immediate-effect Richard Branson is better than them and they're sad now. Crybabies...typical "governing body" political bullsht.
  5. http://internationalkiteboarding.org/index.php/the-class/news-channels/22117-ika-terminates-agreement-with-pkra-with-immediate-effect Richard Branson is better than them and they're sad now. Crybabies...typical "governing body" political bullsht.
  6. Amen, Navy 44s need a suitable replacement.
  7. Joint protection. Knee/elbow pads, helmet, etc. What kites are you looking at?