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Time to ban kite boarding and kite surfing?
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Editor:
Near sunset Feb. 9 at Pass-A-Grill Beach a cool, cloudy day was being enjoyed by kite boarders and beachcombers alike

Suddenly, with the silent swiftness of the wind, a beach-walking woman was struck from behind by an errant kite boarderís rig. Thrown 10 yards garroted by kite wires she was slammed hard to the ground, sustaining multiple cuts, abrasions, contusions, fractures to the right hand and serious shoulder damage.

As she lay bleeding, surrounded by shocked bystanders, the kite boarder fled the scene.

This manís behavior is unacceptable and may call for kite boarder legislation and enforcement. His acts of maliciousness or incompetence were followed by cowardice or callousness. That cannot be tolerated.

Everyone should be able to safely walk the beaches. The excitement and freedom of the kite boarder shouldnít have to be impeded. However, personal freedom and personal responsibility go hand-in-glove. If kite boarders will not be responsible, then they must be regulated. This regulation could include: specific training and certifications, carrying liability insurance, restriction to specific areas or perhaps regulation means banning kite boarders permanently from populated areas. Good.

Charles D. Updegrove
Falls Church, Va.
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