James Owenby wrote:The more I think about it I think it comes down to what your threshold is for personal non-necessary risk.
This is exactly correct. I have no judgment on people who push the limits (e..g jumping obstacles, etc). I also understand that a fair assessment of one's skills is a part of knowing how far to push it. (e.g. you should be a very experienced kiter with lots of big airs before considering jumping an obstacle.).
However, I do believe that when it comes to long down winders in PUget Sound winters (unlike deciding whether to jump an obstacle or head out into big surf at the coast), a small part of the decision making process is "skill or experience level" and much, much more each person's "individual theshold for taking risk." I have no doubt, I possess similar "skill and experience" levels as those promoting these long journeys on the sound, but I choose not to because my threshold for risk is low. so let's be real honest about it and not couch the decision to go in terms of "I am skilled and experienced" and just say" I am willing to take the risk." But, please keep in mind what Gator says - you may be putting the rest of our freedom to kite at risk too.