FLandOBX wrote: ↑Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:25 pmCool, RickI. Congratulations. I'm impressed when someone says "I started with 2 line Wipika Classics" (and "I had no QR"! !!!). We take for granted so many of the technological advances built into today's equipment. Sometimes, we forget about the scrapes and bruises that the sport's "pioneers" suffered to get us where we are today. Kiting is always an adventure, but in the 2-line/no QR days, it must have been really special.
or6 wrote: ↑Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:30 pmInteresting, Rick. I started in 1998 as well, never realised, also on a 5 meter classic Wipika. My first board was a wakeboard, something with far too much rocker, but there wasn't anything else. I built my own bar, for some reason, maybe the weren't sold yet? I then changed to Peter Lynn waterfoils, and bought a 210 Brunotti High Wind, if I remember correctly. A year down the road, still couldn't really get upwind. Well maybe six months, I don't remember. Things started getting fun on my first proper twintip, the LF Pickleforck. Still have that board! Don't ride it though.
Yeah, we have come a long way. It was a challenge then, no clue what I was doing, but the community was like I still enjoy it now. We help each other out, give tips, and I still love going out, still can get a hard on for a good session.
The gear...no comparison. It's all so much easier and especially safer.
Like you, I changed to surfboards only. My knees can no longer cope with the impact of hard sessions on twintips.
I have picked up other sports, MTB in particular, but kiting is still everything to me. Still magical.
I vote for another twenty years, let's see what kites are like then!
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