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Sandbanks Ban?


Lots of chatter over on the skypilot forum about a sandbanks ban. Anyone know the real scoop?

http://www.skypilotkiteboarding.com/forum_ontario/viewtopic.php?t=1320
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Hey Ken, if the folks on that forum are right, Sandbanks is "formulating kiteboarding rules" as we speak. Might be a good idea for someone local to talk to the officials there while they are drafting rules, rather than try to get them to change them later. I nominate the good folks at KBK emoticon who can explain PASA certification, outline the local rider community, etc. Might educate them a bit.
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Hey Guys,

I was at Sandbanks on Monday when the Ranger told us there was an all out ban on kites, polesurfing and surfing. His information was apparently wrong. The beach access remains open for kiteboarding on the North part of Sandbanks beach ---400 m away from swimming areas that are located in the south part of that north beach.

With more and more people joining the kite scene, access issues are sure to arise across Ontario. Sandbanks and even Kingston PUC or other sites will not be immune to the growth and forthcoming scrutiny by authorities.

This is why the Ontario Kiteboarding Association is being formed. Someone from the Sandbanks area and one of us local K-town kiteboarders, need to step up and be beach representative of the OKA in our areas. The OKA goal is to keep beach access open by distributing information on the rules and intricacies of kite beaches across Ontario. With this unified organization, kiteboarders will better positioned to lobby against bans, and keep beach access open.

I don't know what you KBK boys think about the OKA, but it makes logical sense to me that one of you should be the OKA rep for Kingston. After all, you have vested business interests, in addition to recreational interests, of keeping kiteboarding safe and open in Kingston. I am willing to help anyway possible to keep access open at Sandbanks and in Kingston. I hope everyone else signs as members of OKA and lets get unified to keep us riding in all the choice spots in Ontario.

Food for thought,
Hope to see everyone on the water soon.

Shane Thompson
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Hey guys,

I agree with Shane, we should all sign up for the OKA. As for a local representative....Brent offered his services a while ago, but as far as I know has never heard back. The OKA suggest that local riders establish their own list of riding rules for their beach. Then I think it should be up to all of us to self police these rules. We don't have many launches in this city. So let's do what we can to protect them (it). That's one of the reasons we started the school, so that people could learn this sport more safely, hopefully reducing the amount of incidents, and thus helping to protect our launch. It's up to us folks, so let's all chime in with suggestions and see if we can establish our own guideline for safe riding in Kingston.

Ken

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I'm often in Prince Edward County and would be willing to help in any way that I can to keep Sandbanks, etc. and PUC accessible.
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Bump this one back up there....Anyone interested in working to come up with a simple set of rules to make our launch safer?
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Maybe we should have a 'meeting' at the iron duke to make a list of guidelines over a few pints.
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That's a good idea, I think we should set that up pretty soon. Would anyone else be interested? Or is it up to Jarrett and I to come up with the guideline? Cuz once the beer starts to flow the rules could get a little goofy.
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I'd be interested joining the meeting...Let me know the time and place (please no weekends).

See you two there.

Michael
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Just an update on Sandbanks - I was there yesterday afternoon, and talked to a ranger. There is no problem kiting on the north beach (Sandbanks), and he says they will be putting up a sign part way along there very soon - something to indicate kiteboarding is allowed past the sign and swimmers should be more cautious.

...mike
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