First and foremost I want to thank Simon from BEST for his quick response to my issue. I emailed him directly with photos and he responded immediately and was able to work with me on a solution that I felt was fair.
I decided to post this because others in my area have found the same types of problems with their bars from other companies. This is NOT specific to the waroo bar or BEST bars at all. All bars that are built with screws holding endcaps in place need to be inspected. I got off so LUCKY .. I keep having flashes of what might have happened in many different scenarios and it could have been so much worse.
The abbreviated story: Waroo bar endcap came seperated on right side as I was riding in 25+ wind...kite looped out of control (I was leashed to CL.. not to outside line).. as it looped it built up power and I had no choice but to ditch the kite.. Kite took flight and headed straight up and towards a 6 lane highway only to be caught on the very last set of mangrove trees boardering the road. I had to climb tree and cut lines to get the kite that somehow ended up ok.
Upon inspection, it was the screw that holds the bar endcap in place that had deteriorated and broke.. (see pics in link below)...
I attempted to unscrew the other side to investigate how it was looking and in one turn of the screw, the head broke off. This side was ready to go at anytime.
I posted this to my local forum and have received a couple responses from folks that they are seeing the exact same wear on their NON-BEST bars.. GK Sonic to be exact.
Simon mentioned that this could be something either with improper storing habits ..(I keep a plastic tub with all my gear in my truck and it can probably get humid... I am going to keep my bar rig seperate from now on to make sure it dries.. always seemed to be fine and dry but just to be safe.) ... or it could be due to environmental issues with the water / conditions I ride in...
All I know is that the deterioration of the screw occurred and I dont see this on my 2004 BEST bars that I have and still use a lot as well with a waroo upgrade kit. I need to unscrew the bar to make sure and prob will replace the screws just to be 100% safe.
Please check your bars for wear if yours is made this way..
My accident could have been so much worse .. days before I was boosting larger than I'd ever been before and could not imagine what would have happened if this had come apart 25 feet in the air..worse yet.. if the kite had not snagged the trees and gone into the freeway.. or into a person.. or.. or..
Ya.. I got off super lucky.
A kick-to-the-ass reminder to check all your gear as often as possible for discoloration or wear.
Here's the pics.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bryanleigh ... 210967082/