Windsurfers, Sup’ers, swimmers in the “playpen” area are not trained in kite rescues. They may grab the wrong line or part of your kite and make things worse for everyone.
Therefore, keeping kites and kiters away from and out of the “Play Pen” area downwind of the kite launch area is important.
If you wash up into the Playpen , Roll up your lines and relaunch back at the kite launch. It’s best NOT to ask people in the playpen to relaunch you.
Self-rescue onto the rocks on the levee, downwind of the Play Pen, rather than into it. There is a sand bag launch just outside the County Park that can be used in emergencies.
Beach goers are extremely afraid of kites and lines crashing down onto them. Because of past accidents and crash landings, many windsurfers feel endangered on the water and in the playpen area. They may elect (and have the right) to cut your lines if you crash land. Don't get angry if this happens because YOU are endangering them.
If you can't kite upwind immediately off the launch and might end up in the Play Pen, take a boat ride upwind (preferably during a flood tide).
If you find yourself in trouble and headed for the Play Pen, flag your kite so that there is zero option your kite could relaunch and hurt someone in the process. Roll up your lines quickly.
Let’s play it safe and keep the Sherman vibe going. We certainly don’t want one bad day to ruin the scene for all of us.