braveman I haven't decided yet if I like your avatar or does it make my eyes hurt, but for sure it's an interesting choice :o That flex on the first wave board does seem like a new one. I know the North Wam had some flex into the front of the board but don't think it was that much. Wonder how it per...
As far as i remember It should go through the bar.
I guess you should try emailing Fone.
My advice is - if the kite has been used regularly through the years then ditch it. if not then it's a barely OK kite in today's standards so reconsider getting a newer model.