Tiago1973 wrote:I wonder if the sport is not at a much lesser level of sophistication most people think it is
Spot on Tiago1973
Love reading thru all these post. Very amusing. All these guys assuming that the pro world is a dream, flying around the world pulling stock out of kite shops and having support when they get in trouble or need.
I can tell you it so far from that it not even funny.
An athlete makes his own choices and some time's has to live with them. Companies will make sure that you have all the tools in the world to do your job but the rider dictates his/her destiny.
Companies can not nurse their athletes around the world. Riders are paid to do their job.
They use their own discretion on how they want to handle an issue when it comes up.
This is the way Marc decided to deal with the situation at the time.
Did he do the right thing? Depends on how you look at it.
Personally I had a similar issue in one of the biggest contests of the KPWT - 16,000 Euro first place price purse.
Probably still the biggest to date.
Biggest kite I had with me was a 10m. Got into the finals wind dropped and they were running to finish the contest. We no time between heats.
Team mate of mine was in the final with me.
Winds were marginal. He bought bigger kites. I was stuck on my 10m He was on a 14m just going.
I played my cards wrong and could not get off the water.As I did not travel with a bigger kite. I did not think they would run in 12 knots .. Ended up losing a World tile and 8,000 Euros.
There is a title and money on the line.. Is a team mate or competitor going to give up their gear so you can take him out?
Did I learn my lesson. Yes in a big way. Did I fly another brands kite no. Always bring more than you think and don't count on instant support . There was a shop that sold the brand right on the beach of the contest area I was riding for did they or could they help with such little time ..No
Be ready for every thing and be professional .
You learn your lessons thru life.
I'm sure Marc has taken away a lot from this contest in every aspect.
Glad the boys stayed alive and put on an awesome show.