I have to agree for the most part. I have been to Real 6 or 7 times, always have felt a positive vibe and have always felt that the level of enthusiasm has been high by most of the instructors.I have been down to REAL with friends and family for lessons a half a dozen times. Each and every time my experience has been terrific whether or not the wind cooperated.
I also have bought gear from REAL (and others) and each time I have spoken with Matt or Nick on the phone they have taken the time with me necessary and I have never felt pressured to buy anything. When I do buy a kite or a board, it arrives at my home, as advertised in just a couple of days.
The REAL bashing that goes on here denigrates the real effort and enthusiasm of their coaching staff that I have come to know over the years. Matt and Tripp run a business.
We may not like the lawsuit stuff or the store credit policy, but the people that work at REAL are first rate and they provide a first rate kiting experience from beginner to expert.
Yep, they run a business but so do all the small shops that they are 'allegedly' going after in these lawsuits. Those small business also support their employees, their families and they also pump money into the local economy. So don't try and defend them with some 'look at all the good they do' crap argument. Maybe they run a good program with lots of great instruction and points but I really don't think that is what has people all riled up about this whole thing. It's called integrity and class which, if the lawsuits are true, they have totally stripped themselves of. Why anyone would want to support a group like that is beyond me. As far as the Real bashing that goes on here, if someone has a problem with a kite related issue that's what this forum is for, if it is not accurate then someone will reply and refute it, usually the person/group it is targeted at or their supporters. The fact that not one person from Real has replied to any of this really speaks volumes about the whole thing. They obviously monitor the forum so they see what is going on. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.The REAL bashing that goes on here denigrates the real effort and enthusiasm of their coaching staff that I have come to know over the years. Matt and Tripp run a business. That business supports their employees, their families and pumps money into the local economy