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by Jamie-NYC
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Switch Website
Replies: 11
Views: 1219

Re: Switch Website

and down again. Not a browser issue. What's going on at Switch? Very recently there have quietly been some major changes, notably Bill Hansen out as designer (always appreciate reading his posts here). Have been looking for info on this forum (only boiler plate at Switch), but not a peep, hmm.
by Jamie-NYC
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Eleveight kites
Replies: 109
Views: 17417

Re: Eleveight kites

To be clear I did not mean to criticize Eleveight, they know their circumstances better than any one else. It may well be that personal relationships with dealers means a more secure launch. But yes, often a website is a better strategy. It's funny that responses to this thought ranged from suggesti...
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Eleveight kites
Replies: 109
Views: 17417

Re: Eleveight kites

Very surprised that they have gone with traditional retail. It's hard to believe that a new kite company would launch in 2017 and go with bricks and mortar for distribution (with smaller kite companies moving away from that model). That may seem more secure in the short run, and may be what the folk...
by Jamie-NYC
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Pansh Aurora2 19m with Zeeko Carver
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: Pansh Aurora2 19m with Zeeko Carver

I converted to 2:1 for my A15 18m. Turning speed is still slow - but depower is remarkable. For this reason alone would not go back.
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 205
Views: 41462

Re: Best bankrupt?

Seems to me that when a company fails, it's the responsibility of many people in the company, not only the CEO It would provide useful context for this statement if you read the linked stories from earlier in the thread. Best is now failing/failed because the owner of the company is being prosecute...
by Jamie-NYC
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: new design era / Peter Stiewe
Replies: 15
Views: 3955

Re: new design era / Peter Stiewe

Definitely hoping for something like the original Best strategy - direct sales, lots of parts in stock, good service if necessary. That kite in photo looks a lot like an evolution of the Roca to me, good news. In general, always good when the person/people with the talent and passion are in charge -...
by Jamie-NYC
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Biggest kite for a surfboard?
Replies: 29
Views: 2856

Re: Biggest kite for a surfboard?

On Monday stole a day away and had a great session in mostly ocean swell, but slashing through it. Wind was 7.6mph average gusting to 9.2mph when I went out, built by about 1mph during the session. Kite was an 18m foil. I love these light wind sessions, but I came to kiting more from a sailing backg...
by Jamie-NYC
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 205
Views: 41462

Re: Best bankrupt?

BEST have no kite designer, no board designer and no accessories designer. They are all at Eleveight. Their sales manager, and the marketing guy who came after me are also there. You can have all the CEO, CFO and admin staff you want, but no product and no pipeline is end game stuff for BEST I'd sa...
by Jamie-NYC
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 205
Views: 41462

Re: Best bankrupt?

As far as Best's current value, it could be zero. Best has had a declining market share, image, and internal issues since around 2012. That means that their potential sales for next year would be less than this year, and the following year less than next year. That puts the value of most companies ...
by Jamie-NYC
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Best bankrupt?
Replies: 205
Views: 41462

Re: Best bankrupt?

Yes, Eleveight is too cute, but the question is who is it? I don't see it as a Best rebirth - Best is not in receivership (yet), and even if it were it would try to relaunch under the same name, which is valuable (obviously more valuable than the name Eleveight). So is Eleveight Peter Stiewe and pe...

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