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May 02, 2010
20 Miles From an Active Volcano
Ok, do you think you know whatís coming? When you do, scroll down to the bottom and take a look at the second picture for this month, and then come back. Iíll wait right here...
I found this delightful sign on the west end of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Only 20 miles from the still active Arenal Volcano, this is a breathtaking kiteboarding spot... with the exception of the sign you just saw. This sign, which is found on the road down to the lake, is enough to strike fear into almost anyone, and Iím sure itís enough to cause many people to think twice about heading out on the water (much like it did for me). Kiteboarding with crocodiles? Ugh!
But, there were still people out having fun, and no one that I saw was eaten by a croc. Actually, I didnít even see a crocodile. The truth is, the crocs arenít likely to be out where you will be kiting. They hide in places like estuaries and marshy shores. If you stay away from there, youíll likely never see one. But how are you supposed to know this? The answer is to ask! Tap into the local knowledge, and find out what you need to know.
Every location has itís hazards, and 99% of them arenít advertised. Iíve seen metal bars jutting out of the water, razor sharp volcanic rocks, stingrays, and dangerous surf. Iíve been stung by jellyfish, blown for miles down coastlines, and hurled violently onto the beach by unpredictable gusts of wind.
It doesnít matter how good you are. Thereís always something to learn, and there are always new challenges. The bottom line is this - if you are somewhere new, thereís probably something that you should know that you donít.
So get out there and ask. Kiteboarders love to share their knowledge, and most of it is spread by word of mouth. If youíre not good in the surf, find someone and tell them. Say, ĒHey, Iím not familliar with this area and not that good riding in the surf - can you give me some tips?Ē Thatís all it takes.
Likewise, if youíre at your local beach and see someone new, go and chat them up. If you know something that they should, tell them. Thatís how I learned about jagged steel rebar sticking out of the water (which was very hard to see), and Iím sure thankful to the guy who came over and simply said ďHey, thereís rebar over there that I just about hit, be careful in that area, ok?Ē
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