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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby UKSurf » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:30 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:48 pm
With all of the discounting and NOS inventory, I predict Slingshot will be the next to get out of kiteboarding.
Slingshot have produced some of the best kites in the industry although their market share does seem to be in decline. Liquid Force probably decided to cut the kitesurfing side of their business to make sure their core business which I believe is wakeboards stays afloat. They might continue to make kite hydrofoils and just stop making kites. You might see other brands with multiple divisions like Naish doing something similar. There are going to be ALOT of bankruptcies and business closures going forward. Alot of small to medium sized business owners are goingt to lose everything. The businesses that survive will probably be those who have wealthy owners who can ride out the storm. Businesses (and individuals) with alot of debt and costs are going to be wiped out.

Liquid force made some great kitesurf equipment over the years and they were a major force in popularising kite hydrofoiling RIP.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby airsail » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:50 pm

New range of Slingshot gear about to land so they are definitely not pulling out of kitesurfing anytime soon. The bigger problem will be the lack of materials that will effect all brands. The shutdown in China will have a ripple effect throughout the industry as fabric and hardware supplies become intermittent.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby jumptheshark » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:07 am

oregonkiter wrote:
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 revhed » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:54 am

foursquare wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:52 pm
but these total tanks of boards that were not too fun to ride.
:thumb:
I wonder how many guys bought cheap Funny foil and quit because of lack of performance and weight.
Or on the other hand bought one to test the sport and oh so quickly out grew it and found it hard to resell because word got out.
Interesting to see how fast they discontinued production.
But my biggest complaint was the "used car salesman" utter B S marketing claims made considering performance and even speed.
There is a lot of old posts to insure these facts.
I personally know 4 guys who bought because of price and used maybe a few sessions then lost money on upgrades.
All say had they known would have never bought.
R H

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby UKSurf » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:08 am

revhed wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:54 am
foursquare wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:52 pm
but these total tanks of boards that were not too fun to ride.
:thumb:
I wonder how many guys bought cheap Funny foil and quit because of lack of performance and weight.
Or on the other hand bought one to test the sport and oh so quickly out grew it and found it hard to resell because word got out.
Interesting to see how fast they discontinued production.
But my biggest complaint was the "used car salesman" utter B S marketing claims made considering performance and even speed.
There is a lot of old posts to insure these facts.
I personally know 4 guys who bought because of price and used maybe a few sessions then lost money on upgrades.
All say had they known would have never bought.
R H
I really do not think the original LF foil is that bad. In my opinion it is not a bad all round foil for learning and progressing.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby junebug » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:45 am

revhed wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:54 am
foursquare wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:52 pm
but these total tanks of boards that were not too fun to ride.
:thumb:
I wonder how many guys bought cheap Funny foil and quit because of lack of performance and weight.
Or on the other hand bought one to test the sport and oh so quickly out grew it and found it hard to resell because word got out.
Interesting to see how fast they discontinued production.
But my biggest complaint was the "used car salesman" utter B S marketing claims made considering performance and even speed.
There is a lot of old posts to insure these facts.
I personally know 4 guys who bought because of price and used maybe a few sessions then lost money on upgrades.
All say had they known would have never bought.
R H
They got a lot more people into foiling than they turned off from foiling. Their original setup was inexpensive, durable, and adequate to learn on. I personally learned on one, outgrew it, and sold it. Did I lose money? Yes, but I’ve never made money off the sale of used equipment. Buying equipment and selling it used isn’t a good investment strategy.

The original LF setup was great for what it was: a bombproof clunker for total noobs that didn’t break the bank.

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby SWO_kite » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:29 pm

junebug wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:45 am
revhed wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:54 am
foursquare wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:52 pm
but these total tanks of boards that were not too fun to ride.
:thumb:
I wonder how many guys bought cheap Funny foil and quit because of lack of performance and weight.
Or on the other hand bought one to test the sport and oh so quickly out grew it and found it hard to resell because word got out.
Interesting to see how fast they discontinued production.
But my biggest complaint was the "used car salesman" utter B S marketing claims made considering performance and even speed.
There is a lot of old posts to insure these facts.
I personally know 4 guys who bought because of price and used maybe a few sessions then lost money on upgrades.
All say had they known would have never bought.
R H
They got a lot more people into foiling than they turned off from foiling. Their original setup was inexpensive, durable, and adequate to learn on. I personally learned on one, outgrew it, and sold it. Did I lose money? Yes, but I’ve never made money off the sale of used equipment. Buying equipment and selling it used isn’t a good investment strategy.

The original LF setup was great for what it was: a bombproof clunker for total noobs that didn’t break the bank.
Did this conversation take a left somewhere? Just their kites and bars will be discontinued. You guys know they're still selling boards, including hydrofoils.
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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby blythe » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:15 pm

Good riddance. Such a misogynistic company!

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby SWO_kite » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:43 pm

blythe wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:15 pm
Good riddance. Such a misogynistic company!
Sorry, what? So random.

..How did you get to that conclusion?

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Re: Liquid force kiteboarding stops business

Postby Bill C » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:27 pm

blythe wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:15 pm
Good riddance. Such a misogynistic company!
Do you still sniff children?


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