It is sarcasm, Grigorib. Another point of view, to think out of the box about our "passions".grigorib wrote:
I wouldn't talk that dismissively about greatest passion of my life be it foils and/or LEIs.
A bar is nothing else but a stick with a hole in the middle. Or you can call it like Pete Cabrinha, coming from the future, does: "The safe and secure interface to precisely command our kites."
There is a fairy tale about kite design. This is not the real history about Manu Bertin, Legaignoux Bros, Roberto Ricci, Don Montague and Robby Naish.
Just a fairy tale:
In the first interview to hire a kite designer there were a dozen of the greatest aeronautical engineers. They never had seen an inflatable kite, cause it didnt exist.
The exercise was to design something, a kite, to navigate the waters with a surfboard in light to moderate winds.
They all draw designs of double skinned high AR wings, AR up to ten, very thinny profiles. Very flat designs. From 25 meters (like a paraglidings) to 3 meters total area. Some were rigid wings of carbon with flaps. Another were made of fabric, ripstop.
After one hour came the director of the brand new company. He took a look at every design, shook head, and finally said: "Hey, guys... We need that this special kite, this "something", floats and relaunch in deep water, uh!!!"
("And we need that this special kite can be stored in the trunk of a car and it can be built with low production cost")
The fairy tale ends at this point. But it is said that every aeronautical engineers refused to design that "special" kite and quite the job.
And then inflatable kites were born.
Well, I wouldnt treat dismissively my kites or my kiteboards.grigorib wrote:
...I would buy one or another or dump both for anything better, just as hydrofoil made my kitesurfboards become home décor.
Unless I could do a handle pass with my hydrofoil or I never could have done a single handle pass with my kiteboards...