Problems at Littlehampton yesterday (13/08/11)

Shoot the breeze and stay in the loop with the unhinged and unhooked word on the street.
beth1974uk
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I gave Ben a lift down to the beach yesterday for a session after he finished work..

There were loads of kiters out (where did you all come from?!?) so he decided to set up where others were on the sand below the tide mark.. (I went home)

A bloke went over to him and asked if he knew where he should be setting up.. Ben said yes but pointed out there was no space because of all the other kites and that was why he was where he was..

The bloke got in Bens face and was having a go when a woman went over to bens kite and started pulling the lines and moving the kite.. Ben shouted for her to not touch his lines/kite and the bloke told Ben not to shout at his daughter..

The bloke asked if he had kited there before and if he had insurance.. Ben said he had kited there for 2 years he had 3 sponsors and yes he had insurance.. The daughter said that he shouldn't listen to Ben because people like him didn't have insurance..

Ben said he would launch the kite and then walk it and the rest of his stuff the 20m's to where all the other kites were.. The bloke said that wasn't good enough and then he and his daughter decided they wanted a photo of Ben.. Ben turned away and put his head down and the bloke tried getting under and put the camera in his face..

Anyone else have any problems with this guy yesterday? He owns one of the beach huts.. (Its the one in that group of 4or 5 furthest from the shelter.)
kiteburn
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jeez what a nutter. some people just need to be told where to stick their photos.
SlingshotFuel
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If he was only 20m away from the main kite zone it does sound a bit excessive. Alot of people would have lost their temper if someone started messing with their kite and shoving a camera in their face.
Hemanblob
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rofl sounds like theres some fun to be had kiting in LH! I'm coming down just for the drama of this tart getting in my face. Fun times!
w1nd
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That's strange, I set up where Ben was about 5 minutes before and no-one spoke to me...

Guess they thought he was an easy target...and of course owning that 6x5 plot means he owns the beach!!
beth1974uk
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Slingshotfuel.. It wound ben up.. I told Ben he should have said to the man that he hoped he had insurance because if his daughter continued to pull the lines and launched the kite he would have one hefty bill coming from me to replace it after it had finished damaging everyone/thing around it..

Well for a start Hemanblob it's LA (LittleAmpton) ;) you got to get it right! It is a fab place to kitesurf.. Normally quieter than the other places like Goring, Lancing etc.. Yesterday was unusually really busy so the spot where they tend to set up was full of kites and lines..

W1nd.. Ben asked if he had spoken to anyone else and he said he had..

Not good to pick on a testosterone fuelled teenager.. Ben said he was getting really angry and was shaking cause he just wanted to lump the bloke... Thankfully he didn't but I am sure there might have been a few choice words coming out of his mouth.. he said he was so wound up he couldn't land anything..

Ben did say to him he would get his mum to bring the insurance details down but the bloke said he didn't want to speak to his mother.. I might pop down there later with Bens insurance details and have a few choice words myself.. Not to mention the fact he was trying to take close up photos of a minor without permission..
phil5556
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I set up next to Ben yesterday, (he launched me) and I also spoke to the same guy as I was walking to the water.

He asked if I knew where to set up and tbh I'd forgotten that it's supposed to be East of the huts, but there is a sign there that says we should stay East (Actually it doesn't say we can't go past the huts, just says where the zone is).
For an easy life I apologised to the guy, said I'd check the sign and make sure I was in the right place next time - 30 seconds later I was on the water :-)
I have no idea how much weight he has with the council etc. (probably none but you never know) so thought it best to smile sweetly and enjoy my session, seeing as I was technically in the wrong place afterall.

It's probably best just to stay East of the huts in future, it's not really a hassle and if it keeps the council happy it's got to be worth it - then the blue coat guy has noting to get aggro about.
SlingshotFuel
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beth1974uk wrote:Slingshotfuel.. It wound ben up.. I told Ben he should have said to the man that he hoped he had insurance because if his daughter continued to pull the lines and launched the kite he would have one hefty bill coming from me to replace it after it had finished damaging everyone/thing around it..

Well for a start Hemanblob it's LA (LittleAmpton) ;) you got to get it right! It is a fab place to kitesurf.. Normally quieter than the other places like Goring, Lancing etc.. Yesterday was unusually really busy so the spot where they tend to set up was full of kites and lines..

W1nd.. Ben asked if he had spoken to anyone else and he said he had..

Not good to pick on a testosterone fuelled teenager.. Ben said he was getting really angry and was shaking cause he just wanted to lump the bloke... Thankfully he didn't but I am sure there might have been a few choice words coming out of his mouth.. he said he was so wound up he couldn't land anything..

Ben did say to him he would get his mum to bring the insurance details down but the bloke said he didn't want to speak to his mother.. I might pop down there later with Bens insurance details and have a few choice words myself.. Not to mention the fact he was trying to take close up photos of a minor without permission..
The guy sounds like a bit of a bully picking on a younger kitesurfer like that. If I saw someone getting very aggressive with a younger or a female kitesurfer on my local beach I would probably get involved but id try and avoid letting the situation escalate too much. We all have to try to be ambassadors for the sport and try to make sure we dont have the restrictions that are being seen in other countries.
beth1974uk
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The bloke probably had a point and I am probably more angry about the woman trying to move Bens kite by pulling on the lines and then him trying to take a photo of Ben..

When he is setting up the adrenaline is kicking in and Ben has even said sometimes he can feel it pumping round his body when the wind is up and he is getting his kit ready and he knows he is going to have a good session..

Problem is Ben is a teenager with hormones raging and excess testosterone and I am sure he probably didn't handle the situation as calmly as perhaps you or I..

In fact I can probably guarantee he shouted and swore back at the bloke.. He can be his own worse enemy sometimes.. He gets wound up far too easily..
chipmunk
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It’s a strange time of year we at Cleethorpes have some fuckwits turning up and go kiting
Rig up in the wrong place next to family’s on the beach, Don’t look before turning, Jump in front of other riders and most of the time crash out :shock:

But I understand the guy’s point if you have agreed codes of conduct use it

but not the way it was put over or the fact his daughter interfered with kite lines shows some serious stupidity :oops:

Insured riders should have a BKSA card keep it in your car/van to avoid confusion
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codes of conduct @ Clee
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blue_eyes
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gotta agree with chipmunk if you have areas you need to be in them,we have the same at Lancing...by staying in our zones we have most people on side council,sailing club and most of the beach hut owners...we do have one beach hut owner who sounds about the same as yours...after our first meeting the foreshore officers removed him back to his beach hut for his safety and he has never fronted anyone again but he makes sure the council know if anything happens on the beach .....so play by the minimal rules you have and live in peace...its better then a ban guys... 8)
phil5556
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To be fair to Ben there were very few other people (apart from kiters) on the beach.

To be fair to the guy moaning, we are supposed to set up somewhere else.

I didn't see the woman doing anything to the kite, I was out on the water by then.

blue_eyes wrote:gotta agree with chipmunk if you have areas you need to be in them,we have the same at Lancing...by staying in our zones we have most people on side council,sailing club and most of the beach hut owners...we do have one beach hut owner who sounds about the same as yours...after our first meeting the foreshore officers removed him back to his beach hut for his safety and he has never fronted anyone again but he makes sure the council know if anything happens on the beach .....so play by the minimal rules you have and live in peace...its better then a ban guys... 8)
This ^^

He wasn't particularly arsey with me, but I didn't argue back. I'll make sure I stay the right side of the huts now when I go back, it's not worth upsetting the council. 8)
Nitrokid
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Shame i wasnt there, im very diplomatic. We had problems with one of the beach hut owners that used to DELIBERATELY trip over lines and then start getting up in peoples faces. his wife is on the council but there a couple of loosers who have nothing better to do than make trouble.

best course of action is just to ignore the guy.
Dan Sweeney
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Standard fuckups of Littlehampton, is it Eric the guy with his wife in the Blue beach huts?
Looking forward to going back to session the old local sometime soon!
beth1974uk
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lol Dan.. He owns the furthest yellow beach hut in that first set by the shelter.. Number 107 or something like that..

Let Ben know when you're coming over.. I'm sure he would be up for a session..
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