As Kiteboard enthusiasts, we are kind of anarchistic and rebelious in nature. We thumb our nose at the pathetic "Normals" in society, living lives of "quiet desperation", feeling lucky to get a night off to go bowling or play poker with the boys. We reject the mainstream society's philosopy which follows the adage: "As a child, we play with childish things, but as adults, we put away our childish toys". In our hearts, we know that the rest of the world looks at our activities, and at us, as we perform the various intricate fiddling manouvers with lines, bars, snaps, balls, boards, straps and rubber clothing, to prepare the needed equipment, ......as, at best, being eccentrics.....and at worst.......candidates for the Darwin Awards or television shows like "Jackass". Your "normal" member of society quietly ridicules us as being "kooky", and pities our parents for having kids who just can't seem to "grow up". Some call it "the Peter Pan Syndrome". We say: "Hey, mainstreamers, go F--K yourself, We're rebels and we don't care what you think!"
Hey, we are rebels aren't we? I mean we think for ourselves, don't we? We don't secumb to fleeting fashion trends, do we?
Hmmmmmmmm...the other day I had the pleasure of talking to one of the top 10 designers in the Kiteboarding industry. (Out of respect for this person, I will not include the persons name.....I have the greatest respect for this person, and do not wish to damn this person with "guilt by association" with an opinionated wacko like me).
This is what I concluded from the conversation, along with something I have been noticing for a while now: The "DEATH EDGE" is in vogue this year! The conversation this designer relayed to me between he and the marketing staff of the company went something like this: "This prototype has very sharp edges on it, but I've found that it works a little better with a rounded edge, isn't so dangerous, and doesn't look so outragious. I call it a 'death edge'." The company's response: "Cool, let's leave it in".
Like the old song says: "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin"...then we take Tarifa, then we take Cabarette, then we take the Gorge, then we take Maui......then we take the money to the bank. People, work with me, the stuff is flying off the shelves! The suckers are diggin it! They're saying: "Give me that fin with the really sharp edge..its gotta really knife into the water and work better than the dull edged one". "Give me the board with the really sharp edge....it looks like it will really slice in and get me upwind and stick my landings and give me "pop" better than that dull edged one!" No smart retailer is going to argue with his customer when the wallet comes out of the pocket
I am not criticizing the designer for making the items in the first place...nor the marketer for doing his job....nor the retailer for presenting the merchandise to the customer. I think it was Pogo who said: "We have met the enemy and it is us". Hey, are we shooting ourselves in the foot? Like Steve Martin said: "I blame myself".
Here are a couple of links to an example of what I am talking about (go to page 4 on the second one):
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