Dance with the Dragon | It takes Two to Tango

by Mary Ann Mok (Mui & Cowboy Mum) 

 

If there is such a category as obstacle race in the Olympic Windsurfing, I have no doubt that the Hong Kong windsurfing athletes will sure to take the lead. One can never imagine how crowded Hong Kong can be especially when you have to squeeze into the subway train at rush hours, shuffle into a lift shoulder-to-shoulder…..queuing up for table at restaurants on holiday and not to mention the claustrophobic experience that you have to fight your way in the water when you go windsurfing at Hong Kong beaches. 

 

  

Photo credit: Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre
If a windsurfer can keep planning in this high traffic area at ease, he should have the potential to become a top class sailor.

 

The Stanley Main Beach has always been considered the cradle of Hong Kong top class sailors. Windsurfers has to react promptly to gusty wind at extreme condition (either 0 knots or super strong wind), rapid wind shift and extremely overcrowded conditions. One could never imagine how amazing a Stanley Main Beach windsurfer to get planning among other windsurfers, dinghies, speedboats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and dragon boats. 

 

Photo credit: Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre

The Stanley Main Beach is a popular tourist spot famous for its scenic beauty.

Since the opening of the Stanley Main Beach Water Sports Centre, the area for launching water sports equipment has become very limited. Coupled with the establishment of the Stanley Dragon Training Centre in recent years, the traffic on the sea has become even worse. As you may be aware that the beach belongs to everyone, and hence we should exercise restraint and tolerance when we face deadlock with head-on water sports enthusiasts.  Moreover, we should be more considerate and should not do something that is selfish and harmful to public safety.  

 

Photo credit: Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre

The Stanley Main Beach is an authentic paradise for water sports lovers.  It is also the cradle of top class Hong Kong sailors.

 

Photo credit: Hiwindlover Windsurfing Centre

Come and check out all these scenic spots.

As summer approaches, the dragon boat is once again active. The dragon boat is big in size, and most of the participants are amateurs, so we understand that the manipulation is quite difficult.  However, we hope that dragon boaters can show consideration that windsurfers are no magicians and we cannot dodge to avoid collision with head-on dragon boats particularly on windless days. Unfortunately if both parties ended in deadlock, damages to the equipment is inevitable but this is not of my primary concern. What worries me is the aggravating hostility and non-compromising attitude which would eventually lead to serious injuries. 

 

Perhaps we can still recall the devastating effect brought by Typhoon Hato and Parker to our beaches and water centres last summer. But what I want to remind everyone is the togetherness, passion and the selflessness that we all beach-lovers once displayed to restore the beauty of our beaches. We are all water sports enthusiasts who come to the beach to enjoy the Nature, the sea breeze and have fun under the sun.  We don’t want hostility nor disintegration.  

 

Photo credit:  Tang Cheuk Wa

Typhoon Hato and Parker smashed Hong Kong with destructive winds last year, piled-up garbage took several weeks to clear.

 

Photo credit: Tang Cheuk Wa

A BIG BIG thank you to the efforts of Big Brother Wa, members of the Dragon Boat Club, HK Windsurfing Team members and a group of selfless kind-hearted volunteers, to help restored our beach to its original beauty.

 

Summer is coming, it is foreseeable that there will be more beach-goers including children, beginners of all sorts of water sports swarming to the beaches. As such, may I appeal to all water sports enthusiasts to exercise more restraint and show consideration towards each other. I hope that all of us will pay more attention to water safety and keep our beaches clean.

Photo credit: Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre
For the sake of our children and our future generation, please keep the beach clean and help protect the environment.

 

It takes TWO to TANGO.....For the sake of maintaining the beauty and peacefulness of our beaches, let’s begin with ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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