Posted: Sat, Dec 19 2009, 10:34 AM
Happened to me back in September on a beach at Ocean Shores, WA. I rented a MBS mountainboard, took 3m foil and 13m LEI to the beach which was flat, wide, long and smooth. It was gorgeos which i couldn't say about wind - it wasn't strong enough for 3m but the 13m would pull me just well. So I rode quite a distance and in the end when I was going to start driving back I've noticed a police SUV coming to me. The officer greated and said that he has to intervene. He asked me if I knew it's illegal to ride like that. The fun ended. He said the beach is a state highway, pulled out a book and found a section with a short list of illegal beach activities like buggying, parasailing, kite sailing, using unlicenced vehicles, etc. with a possible fine up to $300. Kiteboarding wasn't there so I pointed that out and also said that the board is just like a skateboard and is far from a buggy. He pointed that it's ptretty big for a skateboard. Asked him if I rode just a kite on my feet if that would be ok and he said yes. Asked him how he handled previous cases and he said he hasn't had to handle kiteboarding yet. After couple of minutes of discussion he agreed it's a gray area. Finally. Where's gray there he shouldn't "intervene" so he said I can go back and ride but he's going go check and find out and come back. No fine yet and no equipment seizure. He said he can't ask me to stop because he doesn't know for sure now. Asked him if there's a reason why I shouldn't do it at all - it's not safe for me, public, beach or what...Apparently it was because of the beach is a state highway and it's listed in the book what not to do. Told him I don't want to get a fine when he comes back either and he promised not to give me the fine today for kiteboarding. He was looking at me all the time with a smile I wouldn't trust. He didn't say "I won't seize your equipment", nor "If I find out it's illegal I'll come back and ask you to stop first". Just no fine now and no fine later and so I could imagine few scenarios how it can end without geting a fine right away but getting into even a bigger trouble. It would bug me to go to court in 4 hours drive from Seattle. I told him I'll wait for him and I did. The wind got lower, fun was ruined, my family was waiting for me so we played with our kid instead for a while and started to pack. The cop didn't come back. Anyone has a kiting experience like that? Any tips and hints?