Hey, I'm not one of the one percent either. Kite gear is generally expensive for me and I have a great job. I have a lot of other demands on my income. Windsurfing was always expensive for me, even when I was a teen. I cobbled together a workable kit, none of it new and learned the ropes while having a blast. Today, Im not in the "new quiver every other year" crowd, and pick and choose my used kite purchases as I need em. When I compare to other sports like golf, or cycling, or a Harley, what we do is soooooo much more affordable.longwhitecloud wrote: ↑Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:17 amIt's great news all around that way overpriced sinking wave destructed flying sleeping bags and their disproportional stretching spaghetti bridles are finally going to be put to rest.
Good riddance to over priced sinking eggs.
On the flip side if this stuff is expensive then kiteboarding is still making a huge mistake because...
1...kiteboarding - a kite, a board and a harness
2...foilboring - a kite a board a harness and a foil . ADD $2000
3...akiting with alulla - a kite a board and a foilk - ADD $2000 and $500 for the Alulla?
MORE and MORE out of reach, more and more likely to decline the industry and participants.
I actually think that the KIte Wing will take off - just from the financial side of things. Who can afford this kiteboarding crap... Is that why local kite scenes worldwide are looking more and more like the scenes in the 80s movie cocoon?
Youth outside of the trust fund crowd have never ever been able to afford new kite or windsurfing gear. Those that have really wanted to do it, just do. They find used stuff like we did when we were kids and they make it work. From the Dominican, to Sweden, to Oz, there are no average youth crowd that can afford new kite gear. Never were.
Your welcome to keep ranting along the same lines, but its really making you similar to all the other one trick ponies on here who push their one and only agenda to the point of self alienation.
Lets at least try and get back to what this sport had once upon a time. The thrill and joy and excitement in the evolution. Our stuff is so much better now than it was when we learned. There are issues with all the growth, but it doesn't have to kill the joy for you individually.
I'm not saying you have to change your mind. Just don't jump on every opportunity to poo poo every little change. Post more about your taste in surfboards and less about your distain for pretty much everything else.
You have opinions on so many other things that are of value to the conversations that could go on here.
Lets get away from the shit that divides us and build a little stoke! This new material and ideas like it are full of potential. Are 14 year olds mowing lawns for some income going to be the market.. no, but a few years from now they will be the ones scooping the deals on Ikitesurf, just as it has always been.
We know the gear is not getting cheaper, we know the olympics is not representative of kiteboarding and we all know world sailing has no real impact on what we choose to do as kitesurfers the world over.
You are one of the OG's on here. Try not to tinge everything with a bitter edge. We are generally all here as an extension of our joy for the sport. If we stop feeding the negativity, be it political, environmental, or simply personality disorders, we can all collectively steer this forum back toward the positive.