I'd like to open a discussion on kiting at Revere Beach. This past weekend was awesome for kiting, but we were threatened with having our spot closed down several times because of irresponsible kiting/launching. Several kiters were spotted by DCR kiting right next to people swimming with their kite over the beach. One kiter tried to launch a 12M in 10 knots of breeze before it came crashing down on the beach (didn't hit anyone). Another tried to get lessons from a buddy during primetime, at hightide, with an onshore easterly - it was his fourth time kiting. His kite ended up back on the beach covered in seaweed. Another kiter had his kite in the air for long periods of time, literally hanging over the road, while he waited for the breeze to pick up. I'm just regurgitating the pain points DCR verbalized with us. They suggested that next summer we won't be able to kite Revere at all between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Many of us would really hate to see that happen.
I think it is fair to say we need to all kite from the usual spot near the bath house. The DCR agent stressed that he can't monitor kiting activity when we all launch from different parts of the beach. Also, if we're all in one spot, it's less likely that beach go-ers will setup in potential harms way.
The other thing to consider is whether you're qualified to kite at certain times. Does it make sense for you to launch in an easterly at high tide when you're still learning to go upwind? It's actually questionable if anyone should kite in that type of scenario, but I understand the temptation. Problem is when our kites are hanging over the heads of people on the beach. If it comes crashing down, we're gone. It was suggested over the weekend that we should be launching our kites in the water.
Just don't want to see one of our few spots in the Boston area go to waste.