edt wrote:Is this the direction we want to go as a sport, to keep getting more and more expensive and higher tech, or do we want kiteboard racing to be more about skills?
Like said in the original post, a kite made out of wing material would destroy any kite made of fabric.
Kiteboard racing needs to be about SPEED!
You have sadly assumed that speed and cost are related.
Other than labour marketing distribution, markup etc, which is there whether you build it out of "wing material" or not. The "cost" comes in prototyping and testing to determine what works the best. This is knowledge that the entire kiteboard community benefits from.
Skill AND equipment MUST be part of the equation at top level kiting.
I raced lasers..... They SUCK! they're slow, boring to race AND watch.... I kitesurf now....It's cheaper AND faster.
Sure have "laser" class for those that just wanna play,
but the top class can and should be the fastest thing on the water.
There isn't enough materials involved in kiting for the cost to go through the roof. We'll still be the fastest thing on the water and likely the cheapest as well.
There's only about a 150-200 bucks worth of material in a board. (I know I build em)
maybe 250 if you use "carbon" which has little benefit in a properly designed kiteboard anyway
As for kite's materials add little to the cost.
Once companies get greedy/inefficient, companies like switch show up and balance the scales.....
Some basic rules need to be set which I agree with
Make sure it's PRODUCTION equipment.....commercially available by a certain DATE. So everyone gets a chance to develop their skills.
Min board weight is a nice rule, keeps out the disposable boards.
Something that would keep kites durable would be nice too.