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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby foursquare » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:52 pm

Echoing what other folks have said, the LF Foil Fish combo was pretty visionary for it's time (at the time foil packages were like $3,000+, and this was ~$1,600 ... got mine on sale for something like $1,250?). I later 'progressed' to a race foil with a tuttle box mount, then again later went back to a pocket board --- so again used the foil fish mast/combo before buying an armstrong. While i like the Armstrong, I don't think it's massive improvement over that foil fish hydrofoil ... which i think it pretty neat!

Partnering or Acquiring freedom foils makes this an interesting update overall. I feel like that market (for foil BOARDS) is still underserved, and for whatever reason, LF kept putting out some interesting hydrofoils, but these total tanks of boards that were not too fun to ride.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby oregonkiter » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:27 pm

Living in Hood River it's a bummer when these things happen and effect the people who you know. Brandon Scheid, for example, is just about the nicest guy you'd ever meet, absolutely rips in all disciplines of kiting, and is super approachable for tips, tricks demos what have you.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby Da Yoda » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:48 pm

Toby wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:46 pm
The big question now is: who is next ?
I think it's a US business problem!
Dakine is out of the game and up for sale (H2O devision) and now LFK is out of the kite game.
With all of the discounting and NOS inventory, I predict Slingshot will be the next to get out of kiteboarding.
Established Hawaiian/American brands Naish and Cabrinha will most likely stay in place and small US companies like Epic will probably stick around too.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby bay surfer » Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:57 pm

LF kites are run of the mill, But LF top of the line boards are some of the best on the market. Sad.
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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby grigorib » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:26 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:48 pm
Toby wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:46 pm
The big question now is: who is next ?
...With all of the discounting and NOS inventory, I predict Slingshot will be the next to get out of kiteboarding.
...
With LF-like designers/riders talent leak I thought Hawaians were about to be next.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby Da Yoda » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:30 pm

bay surfer wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:57 pm
LF kites are run of the mill, But LF top of the line boards are some of the best on the market. Sad.
I think LFK would be smarter to focus on what they're best known for... twintip boards.
In the US the only kiteboarding "twintip only" manufacturers (that I'm aware of) are Litewave Designs and Jimmy Lewis. All of the other US brands offer kites in addition, or are custom made boards.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby BenBen » Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:54 pm

Man, I rode the Envys for quite a while. Loved the Kites and really like the brand. That s a real bummer :(

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby FLandOBX » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:37 pm

I'm disappointed. I still have a fallback quiver of LF NRG's. The NRG 10 m and 14 m are two of the best kites I've ever owned. Some of the other LF kite models were more visible and not as good, which worked against the LF kite line as a whole. LF has roots in wakeboading, and I'm sure that's still the source of a large part of their revenue. Sorry to see LF kites go.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby dewwy » Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:43 pm

oregonkiter wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:27 pm
Brandon Scheid, for example, is just about the nicest guy you'd ever meet, absolutely rips in all disciplines of kiting, and is super approachable for tips, tricks demos what have you.
Yea sad to hear, kinda curious where he will go next tho.
His statement:

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby Eltreato » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:51 pm

Too bad. Their original foil was groundbreaking in terms of cost and ease of use. I have a small quiver of their kites, they are fine, nothing special so I can't say I am too surprised. Their team seems like good people, I hope they are all able to find new positions in the industry.


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