stuntc wrote:Eventually the dollars will run dry. And when they do the shops and schools will still be there doing the important jobs. Teaching newbies safely, providing quality equipment, keeping our beaches open. So in short support your local shop, they were probably the ones that taught you how to kite or picked you up after that downwinder or gave you a line when yours broke maybe lent you a harness when you forgot yours, or gave you equipment to try ot use while yours was getting fixed, maybe they did a beach clean-up to keep your spot looking right, or talked with the local town council to keep the beach open. How much is this worth to you? I ride Cabrinha!
As a new kite surfer and an aussie, i really do not know what your shops are like and how much they support kitesurfing. Here in Tannum sands, we have a shop (in a town with a population of under 10 000) that is local all the way, they exist to help people to learn how to kitesurf, they do great deals, are extremely helpful and they are there for you 100% of the way. We have purchased all our kites through them, and they come with free lessons (from a local sponsored rider). They were the major sponsor (along with coconet) in our local kitesurfing comp, (over the easter long weekend) where over 100 people entered (with $1000 first prize each for males and females plus a truckload of other prizes). We have been having problems with our dog and a chewage problem, eating through our caution handle. They have been doing all they can to get replacement parts and helping us to get back on the water ASAP. I feel that we need more shops like this to promote not just the brands but the actual sport. Awaken boarding culture is a top shop and if you are ever in the central queensland area, drop past and witness great people for yourself.