MLK Weekend is never very busy. It is actually quite peaceful and most look at it as a "duners weekend". It's a chance to escape the crowds and get some quality duning in without the added stress of dune traffic.
Despite overnight lows below freezing, duners still went out and celebrated the new year at Dumont. Everyone was bundled up in jackets and beenies but also managed to stay extra warm with some daytime campfires. This time of year also meant it was time for many to bring out their dried out Christmas trees and light em up in the fire. There wasn't much of a crowd, pretty common for this New Years, but the duners that were there took full advantage of the dunes. It became very choppy from the traffic and the dunes were were rarely empty. Buggies and bikes were seen duning all day and weekend. BLM reported no major incidents.
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ATV Safety Institute
(949) 727- 3727, Ext. 3091
All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Training Available
at Dumont Dunes on December 31 and January 1, 2016
January 2, 2016 (if there are enough sign-ups)
Kids 6-17 are FREE
Adults Free with Purchase of Most New ATVs
Dec. 31, Jan 1-2, 2016 two half-day, hands-on ATV RiderCourseSM to learn the proper and safe use of all-terrain vehicles are being offered from 8 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm –4:30 pm near the Dumont Dunes visitor center. The ATV RiderCourse is conducted by certified instructors from the nationally recognized ATV Safety Institute (ASI), which has been conducting these courses for more than 20 years.
Information about class location and availability can be found at www.atvsafety.org (click on “Online Enrollment”) or by calling (800) 887-2887. The ASI ATV RiderCourse is free for purchasers of most new ATVs and it is available to others for a reasonable fee.
Local ASI Instructors, John and Nicole Slapper said, “It’s critical that riders and non-riders alike understand the importance of the safe and responsible use of ATVs. Parental supervision is a key element to a child's safety and children under the age of 16 must be supervised at all times when operating an ATV. Parents literally hold the key to their children’s safety. Every ATV has an ignition key, and when a parent or guardian controls the key, they control the ATV’s use.”
The ATV RiderCourse offers training for youth aged 6-11 where a parent or guardian must be present or participate in the training, as well as training for teens and adults.
The course is conducted completely outdoors and students practice basic safety techniques with hands-on exercises covering starting and stopping, turning – both gradual and quick – negotiating hills, emergency stopping and swerving, and riding over obstacles. Particular emphasis is placed on the safety implications relating to each lesson.
The course also covers protective gear, environmental responsibility and state and local laws. The ATV Safety Institute also offers free interactive online courses for youth, teens and adults on its website in preparation for taking a hands-on ATV RiderCourse or as a refresher after they have taken a course.
The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules:
1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
2. Never ride on public roads - another vehicle could hit you.
3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
5. Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
8. Take an ATV RiderCourse SM ; Call Toll-Free at (800) 887-2887, or go to www.atvsafety.org.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute ® (ASI), a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America ® (SVIA), was formed in 1988 to implement an expanded national program of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety education and awareness. The ASI’s primary goal is to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs, thereby reducing crashes and injuries that may result from improper ATV operation by the rider. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourse SM nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org and click on “Online Enrollment” or call (800) 887-2887.
View or download this as a PDF File: RiderCourse_Site_Awareness_News_Release.pdf
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Thanksgiving Weekend has been big tradition for the Dunemasters and Sandpipers Club. They always have a HUGE camp between the last finger dune and the dunes. They are the "waterpumpers". For over 30 years, they have hosted their annual hill climbs and drag races at Dumont. Friday was the hill climbs at Comp Hill and Saturday
Friday night seemed to be the night for comp hill. There were 4-5 rows, lights, campfires, and some good buggy races like the old days. Saturday was less than half of Friday night probably because many people had left on Saturday to avoid the CA traffic driving home.
Vendor Row seemed very full of great vendors this year, but word has it their sales suffered greatly due to the lack of visitors. As loyal duners, we always try to stop over there and support the vendors. Even if you brought plenty of food, go grab a BBQ or ice cream and buy a t-shirt. If you like seeing the vendors out there, there is only one way to keep them coming out and that is to help them pay for their fees and gas to make it happen.
As far as accidents, there were some minor ones here and there but we didn't hear of anything major.
Forum discussion from the weekend here, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=20447
Thanksgiving PHOTO gallery, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?app=gallery&category=20
Forum discussion topic: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=20437
Some pics from past years below...
Even though there's an abundance of turkey dinners and dune naps, there's still plenty of excitement. In addition to the best duning on Earth, the Dune Masters always make their way out to Dumont. What are the Dune Masters? They are the group that hosts the annual hill climbs on Comp Hill with their legendary "waterpumpers". What a waterpumper? Well back in the day everything used to be air-cooled. When these machines were built for steep hill climbing they typically used big V8 engines which were, of course, water-cooled. The Hill Climbs are different than most races though. The guy who takes the most time to reach the top of the hill is the winner. It's a tricky art than only these machines can seem to conquer. Some of them even have two sets of paddles on the rear. It's a tradition that has been going on for over 35 years at Dumont and worth a watch.
It's going to be a great weekend. Join the community discussion: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=20379
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