longwhitecloud wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:10 am
The average age of a kiteboarder is the oldest it has ever been.
Many dumb sellout kiteboarding brands now support the gka that says kiting is sailing, that now put on an absolute embarassment of a freestyle tour on ( in the eyes of youth). I heard mention of clown tricks on a podcast.. i agree.. not right for the top level of youth.
There are no more pro freestyle riders left for young riders to look up to aspire to make a professional living ( a real one not a trust fund one).
Full retail kite prices are astronomical today. You can buy a used car for the same price as a single kite.
making it simple.. kiteboard marketing today is based on selling the youthfull talent image to balding middle aged wealthy men. Technical equiment features feature heavily to this audience that is incredibly receptive to them, whereas a younger rider could rip on a kite from 10 years+ ago and simply does not have time ti talk abour kite features at the beach.. too busy riding.
The youth grown up wakebording behind daddy’s powerboat, tired of golf and cable parks?
Or millennial youth with entitlement attitude, broke because they didn’t learn to earn money?
Older guys are all fine. They have money for gear first (maybe not much for anything else but they don’t care), they’re confident, they know how to talk to and satisfy a girl. They’re ones gathering to ride and enjoy nice kiting locations, spend whole winters there...
Older guys don’t give a damn competing/measuring their junk or give a damn about ideological Olympics. They live their long happy lives and ride a lot. Some of them are overweight and bald and still more fun and alive than eggshell fragile “youth”.
Also 10 year old gear is kind of outdated both by construction and by age. 5 year old gear (2013 or so) is perfectly fine, I’d agree with that and is sold very, very cheap.